This week I want to talk to you about simplicity, as its Simplicity Day on the 12th of July.

I think one way that we can get more time, more freedom, more headspace, therefore more simplicity in our lives, is to have a bit of discipline around mobile phones. This book I’m holding is called ‘How to Break Up With Your Phone’ by Catherine Price. She’s a journalist based out in the States who I interviewed for my podcast series several months ago – it’s a brilliant book which I’d recommend. It is literally dog-eared from the notes I’ve taken from it for my interview, but also our rescue dog Kami got her teeth into it – so we’ve both read it, both enjoyed it, and both got through it.

I was talking recently to a client of mine who said that he lost his phone last week and therefore wasn’t going to have a mobile phone for at least another week. He was describing the extra freedom he felt he had – after a bit of anxiety, a separation anxiety from the phone (that is sad), but more freedom, more headspace. His concentration was better, sleep was improved because he wasn’t looking at a device and getting subjected to all that blue light at night, and generally feeling a little bit more relaxed, a little bit less stressed, particularly at the end of the day, which of course is when we want to be getting ready to be sleeping to go to bed.

My challenge to you is this, can you do one of two things?

First option: Do a complete 24-hour digital detox. 
Could you go without your phone for a 24-hour period?

Second option (the lighter option): Turn off all the notifications on your phone so you don’t get any dinging, whirring, nothing except perhaps text messages and phone calls, and have a curfew. Literally put your phone to bed at 7:00 PM or 9:00 PM so that you can start withdrawing from that blue light and winding down mentally, getting yourself ready for sleep.

If you want some other ideas on this, then I’d recommend Catherine’s book (which you can get on Amazon), she’s got a lot of ideas, and some really eye-opening discussions around Facebook and Instagram and the other social media sites whose sole job it is to get you in the app and also keep you on the app looking at different things, posting, messaging, liking, sharing. They are making these things addictive, and that’s the point.

Simplicity Day for me is going to be back to the mobile phone.

See what you can do – see if you can do the full digital detox or try the light version and keep us posted on how you get on.

You can listen to my podcast interview with Catherine Price here:
How To Break Up With Your Mobile Phone With Author And Award-Winning Journalist Catherine Price

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Leanne Spencer is an entrepreneur, coach, TEDx Speaker, author of Remove the Guesswork, and founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. Bodyshot is a health and fitness consultancy that helps busy professionals get more energy by removing the guesswork around their health, fitness and nutrition. Visit or email [email protected] to register your interest in our services and connect with us on FacebookInstagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.


  • Leanne is an award-winning entrepreneur and the founder of Bodyshot Performance Limited. She delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight', is the author of bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine', and hosts a podcast called ’Remove the Guesswork‘. Leanne is the founder of Bodyshot Performance, an award-winning health and wellbeing company. Bodyshot Performance work with businesses of up to 500 people who want to create a culture of energy, vitality and performance through the business and position wellbeing as a competitive advantage. Bodyshot intersect the latest science and technology to provide unique solutions to the challenge of wellbeing in the workplace that have a direct impact on the bottom line. Our clients have won awards for wellbeing and recognise it directly improves employee engagement and retention and attracts talent into the business.  We also work with chronically stressed or burned out professionals to get you back in control of your health and able to do the things you want to do in life. My expertise is around health, fitness and wellbeing, specifically focusing on sleep, mental health, energy, body composition, digestion and fitness. I host a popular podcast on iTunes called ’Remove the Guesswork ‘, and in November 2016 I delivered a TEDx talk on 'Why fitness is more important than weight'. I’m the author of the bestselling books 'Remove the Guesswork' and 'Rise and Shine' and I regularly speak to corporates on health and wellbeing. My personal values are to live truthfully, considerately and to "suck all the marrow out of life" as Thoreau said. I support the charity Diversity Role Models which works to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying. I recently completed the world’s toughest ski race to raise £10,125 for Alzheimer's Research as my father-in-law was profoundly ill with Alzheimers, and I am on a constant mission to find ways to live in a way that is sustainable and environmentally friendly. I love sport, fitness, reading, gardening, business, podcasting, and being with my cat and our scampish little rescue dog, Kami from Romania.