We’ve all been there: complaining about being too connected while simultaneously refreshing our inbox, texting a friend, updating our status, and posting our dinner in Instagram (only one more shot, we swear!). Yet somehow unplugging—even for a few days—seems like an impossible feat. Just how difficult is it for us to disconnect? According to a national survey, a remarkable 67 percent of cell owners check their phone for messages, alerts, or calls, even when they don’t notice ringing or vibrating, and 44 percent have slept with their phone next to the bed to make sure they didn’t miss any calls, texts, or updates during the night.

Still, the benefits of unpluggingreduced stress, enhanced creativity, and improved interpersonal connections, to name a few—far outweigh any temporary discomfort. To help you along, we’ve created a seven-day detox plan filled with practical steps (no one’s expecting you to go off the grid here). By taking it one task at a time, you may even find that you’re able to enjoy the present without pausing to record it.

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