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Smartphone Mindfulness Challenge: What Will You Miss in 48 Hours?

Smartphone Mindfulness Challenge: What Will You Miss in 48 Hours? | Unplug | Scoop.it
I originally purchased a smartphone years ago because my boss at the time would always be one step ahead of me when we were traveling. She wanted to discuss things with me that she had just seen on email.
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It's the buzz, right?  We seem to have a need to be connected all the time to the buzz, and doesn't even matter if the buzz is inane, does it?


Give Unplugging a try, even for just an hour or two. Put tech away for a little while and maybe head outdoors for a quiet walk. I know for me and maybe for you walking can be a life enriching experience even in a noisy city. Give it a try, you'll like it.

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Unplugging Ourselves and Avoiding Overexposure

Unplugging Ourselves and Avoiding Overexposure | Unplug | Scoop.it
Unplugging Ourselves from the always-on world we now inhabit is essential to our creative and innovative selves.
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Finding a balance between quiet and the constant always-on state we currently find ourselves both at work and at home can be a challenge.


Getting that balance need not be something we only wish for, take 5 minutes every 90 minutes or so to close your eyes and breathe deeply. Fall this mini routine for a week and I think you'll agree that more energy and better focus will come your way.

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Unplug, Disconnect & Relax

Unplug, Disconnect & Relax | Unplug | Scoop.it
These days technology is all pervasive, unavoidable even, and we are grateful. It has made it simple to get things done from anywhere in the world. It is hard to imagine going back to the way things were before smartphones.
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It would indeed be hard to imagine going back to a life before smartphones.  A life with fewer distractions.  A time when text and Twitter alerts did not even exist.

 

Expedia suggests we all need to take a break once in awhile "to stay healthy, take stock of our life, and reconnect to the present." And they've created an infographic to help us remember to disconnect and relax -- especially during the holidays.

 

 

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Live a Longer, Happier Life from Face-to-Face Time with Friends

Live a Longer, Happier Life from Face-to-Face Time with Friends | Unplug | Scoop.it
Rebecca and Michelle discuss the benefits of interacting with friends in person as opposed to through phones and social media.  You'll be surprised to find out why face-to-face time with friends can make you live a longer, happier life!
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Engaging and interacting with friends -- not through social media platforms or smartphones -- but instead in person makes for a longer, happier life. 

 

This one minute video shows you why face-to-face is more fulfilling.

 

 

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Inspiration For Cloudy Days

Inspiration For Cloudy Days | Unplug | Scoop.it
We all have times when we feel like we’re stuck in quicksand. Here’s how to get unstuck.
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There are times when routine is deadly and the rainy season blocks all of our natural internal sunshine. The truth is, we need inspiration to innovate and create, cook up unique ideas.


Steve Tobak concocts his own brew of "how to," with 9 ways to find that sometimes elusive inspiration, including:


1. Doing drugs (cappuccino)

2. Disconnect

3. Mindfulness


Kick up your heels and go for a walk, too. The inspiration is out there... and within, awaiting a liberated mind.

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The #unplug Movement

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"I’ve been talking about “Manageable Tech” for a while now. A few years ago, I even started a podcast and a book project about the topic called Zen of Being Digital. Back then, I couldn’t get a publisher interested in the book because social media marketing books were all the rage."

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Why You Should Unplug

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Taking the occasional digital fast could improve your focus.


"Psychotherapist Lisa Brateman, LCSW, says that being overly tuned in to smartphones and laptops causes over-stimulation, anxiety and stress. "People are often in the quick-to-respond mode, which undermines their ability to calm down and relax, taking a toll on their emotional state," she says. "

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Robin Madell has put together an quick and easy to read of the benefits of disconnecting on a regular basis along with some of the pitfalls of not unplugging.


It's a good thing to clear your head and regain your focus from time to time, your brain as well as your friends will thank you.

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The Call of Our Time?

The Call of Our Time? | Unplug | Scoop.it

Three stories interwoven into one where people struggle to connect using modern technology:




  • “An up and coming reporter hopes her interview with an underage chat room worker will be her big break”…

  • “A teenager faces the consequences of cyber bullying”…

  • “A couple who recently lost their child struggle after their identities are stolen online”…
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On April 12th a new movie hits local screens that deals with a huge issue of our times. The movie is called Disconnect and it takes a serious look how connecting has and will change our lives and why we need to think about those changes before they become permanent.

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Turn off the screens.

Turn off the screens. | Unplug | Scoop.it
March 23 – 29, 2015 is Unplug and Play week, a campaign by ParticipACTION. Join other Canadian families who took the pledge to #UnplugAndPlay for at least 60 minutes a day. The ParticipACTION website has a host of resources and … Continue reading →
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What a great idea, Unplug and Play week, The heck with having time set aside for just kids to unplug and play, let's have a week for everyone to unplug and play.


If we want to show other it's more then ok to unplug than adults need to start setting the example for future generations.Let's all unplug more and become an example to those around us.

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Sprucing & Juicing: A Digital Hiatus

Sprucing & Juicing: A Digital Hiatus | Unplug | Scoop.it
You extend the life re-chargeable batteries if you let the battery drain completely before you re-charge it....When to Take A Hiatus and How to Make A Hiatus Extra Useful and Holy...Hiate. (I made that word up.) Hiate when you're pumped to jump.
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Danielle Laporte is taking a digital hiatus.  For a few weeks there will be no online publishing, Tweets, Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest.  And she thinks you should take one too.

 

Not the kind of digital hiatus where you simply recover, but one of sprucing and jucing -- where you "make space in which to prepare for the New".

 

When to take a hiatus and make it extra useful?

 

  1. Take a hiatus before you burn out; not because of it
  2. Take a hiatus when you want to enter a new creative phase
  3. Take a hiatus when it's time to create new habits
  4. Prepare for your hiatus; set a start and end date
  5. Have the courage to step back from what has substantially been feeding you

 

So go ahead and "hiate" -- Pause, Cleanse & Create!

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Ditch the Facebook and Go To Nepal

Ditch the Facebook and Go To Nepal | Unplug | Scoop.it
"I’m done with daily hustle, I’m tired of social media", this is something many of us feel. Those who were born before or 90’s know the best of life, not having these nicer means. Phone calls by...
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Are you fed up with the daily hustle?  Are you tired of social media?  If you've forgotten -- or never experienced -- life without smartphones and Facebook, then ditch the Facebook and go to Nepal.

 

Have luxurious candle light dinners -- every night!  Enjoy long chats with your family; play with your kids; get to know yourself.  Meditate.  Breathe.  Bask in the fresh mountain air.  Experience life without electricity.  Take all the time you need -- to just "be".

 

If you're constantly opening apps or "you go to your browser for other reasons and type in the Facebook or Twitter URL; then it is definitely time for you to come to Nepal."

 

 

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Mashable Readers Unplug

Mashable Readers Unplug | Unplug | Scoop.it
In the hyper-connected digital age, it can be tough finding time to get offline. With a constant stream of emails, texts, tweets and Facebook notifications, we rarely have the opportunity to truly unplug.

Via Thomas Faltin
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We live in the Digital Age...always on...always connected.  Tweets, texts, alerts, pop-ups...dings, rings and buzzing.  Rarely do we have an occasion to truly unplug, it seems.

 

Mashable readers were asked to share how they unplug from technology and submitted photos covering everything from hiking to knitting to fishing and snowboarding.  In honor of fully enjoying the non-technological present, this blog shares its top ten favs.

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7 Steps for Planning a Digital Hiatus

7 Steps for Planning a Digital Hiatus | Unplug | Scoop.it
All you need to break free of your devices (7 Steps to Planning Your Next Digital Detox - http://t.co/ZlJPkWncuX via @goodnet_org)
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Unplug...Digital detox...Disconnect to Reconnect...

 

"These terms are all the rage at the moment, representing the act of stepping away from our adored electronics and reconnecting to the world around us." 

 

Goodnet shares a Digital Detox process step by easy step:

 

(1) Before you start planning, get inspired

(2) Choose a reasonable length of time to detox and stick to it

(3) Consider your e-Life and set boundaries

(4) Schedule some quality time with friends and family

(5) Get outdoors; this is non-negotiable

(6) Read something long and involved -- "all in one go"

(7) At the conclusion of your digital detox, write down your learnings

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See How Easily You Can 'Disconnect Digitally'

See How Easily You Can 'Disconnect Digitally' | Unplug | Scoop.it

"The constant pings of emails, messages and phone calls is draining on us mentally and physically. Whilst research is yet to confirm how being constantly ‘switched on’ impacts on children, experts are confident that children’s plastic brains are possibly more susceptible to this constant ‘buzz’ of technology. Like any experience we encounter in life (whether it be with or without technology) our brains’ architecture is changing."

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Disconnecting is really much easier than you might think...

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Are You Withholding Permission From Yourself To Disconnect?

Are You Withholding Permission From Yourself To Disconnect? | Unplug | Scoop.it

"n this madcap world of arts administration, we tend to run on all cylinders at all times. There is a feeling that if we are not moving constantly and working around the clock, we aren’t being successful. But there are great examples of uber-successful people who disconnect in a big way."


"The Center for the Future of Museums recently published a report on Trends to Watch in 2013. One of those trends is something with which I’m becoming increasingly fascinated: Disconnecting to Reconnect. "

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While this post is centered around arts administration and disconnecting it is also full of gems that everyone can benefit from.


Just 4 paragraphs into the post the author James Carter has inserted a YouTube video titled The Power Of Time Off by Stefan Sagmeister. In the video Sagmeister takes us on a journey through his taking a sabbatical every 7 years.


The post and accompanying video take a deep look into unplugging and what that means in terms of productivity and creativity. Check it out Sabbatical For Sanity.

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5 Reasons To Unplug From Technology After Work

5 Reasons To Unplug From Technology After Work | Unplug | Scoop.it

"We all love staying connected to our jobs round the clock, but here are some excellent reasons to cut the cord after hours.


Regularly using a computer late at night is associated not only with sleep disorders but also with stress and depressive symptoms in both men and women,” said author Sara Thomée. Additional research has found that the light put off by tablet computers itself may be linked to reduced serotonin levels after two hours of use."


1. Stress Recovery

2. Multitasking Doesn’t Work

3. Internet Use Disorder, Anyone?

4. Sleep and Other Psychological Problems

5. You’ll Be Less of an @$$

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I think it's safe to say that most people who think about unplugging already know these 5 reasons and also know there are real benefits to our health and lifestyle when we unplug. Still, unless you've mastered unplugging a review never hurts.


For me the hardest one to swallow is that multitasking doesn't work, how can this be I shout from my perch in-front of my rather large computer monitor. Why I multitask everyday all the time and, I think I multitask in my dreams.


Multitasking research however is overwhelming in its conclusions, multitasking does not work and the your quality of work decreases the more you attempt to to engage multiple activities at the same time.


So here you go 5 great reasons to not stay plugged in all the time. And check out the complete article for a deeper view.



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