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Take a digital detox and be better

Rediscover yourself, away from the high alert of meetings and 'you got a minute?' pings. With FLOWN, you can take the space for a truly revitalising digital detox…
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The science behind digital detox

Whatever you’re trying to achieve, the distraction of always-on connectivity won’t help you get there. Heavy tech use has been linked to sleeping issues, depression and increased stress. It also lowers job satisfaction and increases feelings of overwork. A detox can take many forms – from simply switching off alerts on your phone to a retreat to a cabin in the woods. Whatever you choose, neuroscience says it’ll do you good…
Be better
Your digital detox might actually improve your performance at work in the long term. Research into daydreaming shows that letting your mind wander can both restore and enhance cognitive powers.
Play time
Giving yourself space to play is proven to give you a happy endorphin boost, and also puts you in a state of mind associated with creativity and critical thinking.
Resist the urge
One University of California study found that behavioural addiction to smartphones forms neurological connections in the brain in the same way that opioid addiction progresses. Put the phone down…
"It takes discipline not to let social media steal your time."
Alexis Ohanian

How leaders switch off

Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd describes “getting lost in social media” in an interview with Forbes. “I turned off all social media for three weeks,” she says. “I was uncomfortable at first, which only validated why I needed to take a break, but then after a few days I felt … far more present.”
Some of Microsoft's biggest pivots and innovations have come out of Bill Gates's infamous 'Think Weeks'. These twice-a-year retreats in a remote cabin somewhere in the Pacific Northwest have garnered big ideas – from Internet Explorer to the Tablet PC. Gates uses the time to disconnect, read, and write down his ideas.
Heidi Zak, founder of lingerie brand ThirdLove, has to ration her use of email to once an hour. “If I check it more, I lose focus,” she says. “I set aside five or 10 minutes to check email and then spend the rest of the time thinking about what I need to be doing.”

Use FLOWN to power your digital detox

Go offline in your own space
Go away for a few days and leave your phone on Airplane mode. Our collection of properties will make your digital detox a delight.
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Deep working detox
Join a daily Flock session – our virtual accountability groups – to banish digital distractions and focus on the things you need to get done.
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Learn how to become more creative
Invest in some deep work learning with the FLOWN Academy – switch off your phone and get absorbed in our bite-sized lessons on creativity and flow.
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Get exploring in the real-world
Take a FLOWN Quest – a randomly assigned creative challenge – designed to get you away from your screen, explore, and play.
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Stoke your imagination
Ditch doomscrolling and indulge in mentally enriching ideas in the FLOWN Almanac.
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Prepare to switch off – book now

Membership includes:

FLOWN HERE is a suite of tools to help you with focus, accountability, and creativity.

FLOCKS

Join one of our facilitated deep work sessions, and get more done - in the company of our community - than you can imagine. Learn more

QUESTS

Take one of hundreds of challenges during your work break, to shift your perspectives and allow fresh ideas to flood in. Learn more

TROVE

Delve into our wealth of instructional and inspirational content, including the FLOWN Academy and FLOWN Almanac.
FLOWN AWAY is a curated collection of local and remote homes and hotels that you and your team can use when you need to get away to work.

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  • Verified wifi and sufficient power sockets
  • Ideal workspace including monitor and lumbar-supported chair
  • Inspirational aspect and proximity to nature
  • Equipment to support team off-sites
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