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Take a deep breath, slow down to navigate into a richer more fulfilling life.
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A Digital Detox Test: Unplug Twitter and Facebook. Put Off Email and Smartphone.

A Digital Detox Test: Unplug Twitter and Facebook. Put Off Email and Smartphone. | Unplug | Scoop.it
When you commit to disconnecting, you wean yourself off the dopamine rush of external affirmation and information.
Susan Taylor's insight:

If you enjoy the "rush of external affirmation and information", this article is for you! 


Yet we can all learn from this.  In short: Multitasking simply DOES NOT work.

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The High Cost of Multitasking | infographic

The High Cost of Multitasking | infographic | Unplug | Scoop.it
Multitasking is a fact of our modern, connected life. However, research shows it makes us less effective, increases mistakes and stress, and costs the
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After dozens of well respected studies showing that mulitasking leads to getting less quality work down people still swear they are the exception to the rule. Go figure...

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Ivon Prefontaine, PhD's curator insight, January 23, 2014 1:24 PM

Multi-tasking takes away from creativity and effectiveness. In a classroom, it takes away from learning. The problem is we have adults in schools who are serial multi-taskers and who influence children with that behaviour. Now, some of it is a product of the work we do, but some of it is denial.

PracSimplicityGroup's curator insight, January 23, 2014 3:54 PM

Funny how the downsides now seem obvious!

Sabrina Li's curator insight, November 4, 2014 12:47 AM

A really nice infographic talking about multitasking in the workplace. It summarizes data including task-switching, multitasking effects on errors/speed, etc. while also boasting some affordances of using video web conferencing. 

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▶ Digital detox and reboot your creativity : Caroline Giegerich

Caroline Giegerich's personal talk digs deep to investigate digital overload as it affects our creative thinking. Through her own battle with digital addicti...
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The Science Of Distraction

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In the current world of twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, email, whatsapp and all those other awesome apps, the difficulty of focusing on a task at hand is becoming even greater. Or is it?
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Maybe we are so distracted that we miss all the recent studies that show multi-tasking is a myth, or maybe we get distracted while we are reading the study and promptly forget it.


Niccolo Pantucci's post clearly lays out that distraction does not have to be the order of the day. We can become more focused if we practice mindfulness. Now that's good news, right.

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Is Multitasking Counterproductive?

Is Multitasking Counterproductive? | Unplug | Scoop.it
Business coaching expert Lalita Raman discusses why multitasking is a counterproductive and offers some strategies to stay efficient and focused.


"1. To do list – Take a few minutes every day  either at the end of the day before you go to bed or at the beginning of the day to outline and write down the two or three most important things you want to accomplish tomorrow or on the day and the time by which you would like to achieve them.

2. Set a timer every hour. Pause and note all the tasks you are doing at that moment. Ask yourself: Am I doing what I most need to do right now?, Am I on track to complete my 2-3 most important tasks that I had enlisted.  How many times in each hour have I walked away from the original activity and checked emails, social media, and fallen prey to digital device distractions."

craig daniels's insight:

Lately I've noticed quite a few studies coming out of noted universities about the field of multitasking, not one has extolled the virtues of it. In fact everything I have read in the news has clearly pointed out that becoming more productive through multitasking is an illusion.


So why do so many people trumpet how much they get done when they multitask? My take is two fold, no one can fool us like we can fool ourselves and without meaning to sound harsh we are addicted to the world of distraction. Some call that world the Crow Time. It's when we allow or minds to wander from one shinny object to another, the result is we create a habit of distraction we need to feed...


The above article by Lalita Raman gives a real nice overview of the state of multitasking... Check it out.

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The Secret? Focus On One Thing.

The Secret? Focus On One Thing. | Unplug | Scoop.it
How should you start off 2014? Focus on one thing.
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We feel overwhelmed.  We are inundated with information. Because of the daily flow of data, ideas and knowledge, it’s easy to pile everything onto our To Do list.

 

No one can do everything perfectly every day, "This kind of approach to life has us focused on failing instead of succeeding. We are focused outward instead of inward".

 

The remedy might feel counterintuitive: Focus on one thing and do it well.  Choose the one thing that you know if you did it, it would make you proud.

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Are Electronic Gadgets Making Us Dumber?

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Are gadgets making us dumber? Two new studies suggest they might be. One found that people who are interrupted by technology score 20...
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"Our days and nights are full of gadgets that ping, buzz and beep their way into our attention, taking us away from whatever we are doing". And according to two recent studies, electronic gadgets may be making us dumber.

 

According to the research, people interrupted by technology score 20% lower on standard cognition tests.  Additionally, it seems we cannot concentrate on any one task without distracting ourselves by using social media, emailing or texting.

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The Newsroom 3.0's curator insight, January 13, 2014 5:06 PM

According to the research, people interrupted by technology score 20% lower on standard cognition tests.  Additionally, it seems we cannot concentrate on any one task without distracting ourselves by using social media, emailing or texting.

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Try Finding Abundance in Slowness For One Week...

Try Finding Abundance in Slowness For One Week... | Unplug | Scoop.it

"Workaholics aren’t heroes. They don’t save the day, they just use it up. The real hero is already home because she figured out a faster way to get things done. – Jason Fried & David Heinemeier Hansson, Rework"

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For just a moment let your mind wander and imgine Finding Abundance when you slow your daily life down.


There's a deep river of quality and serentiy to be explored when you slow things down and take a deep breath. Matt Steel shares with us in his post his experiences with burnout and the path he followed to find balance in all aspects of his life.


I loved his his insightful tips which include.


  • Give up multitasking
  • Leave the office for lunch
  • Go home


Check out the whole post, you and everyone who knows you will be glad you did.


"Our frantic days are really just a hedge against emptiness. – Tim Kreider, NYTimes.com"  


And take a moment to check out Attention Is Precious Every Interaction Counts

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Neva Welton's curator insight, November 18, 2013 12:59 AM

Hearing people's personal stories about burnout is so important. And, the author offers some fine insights on prevention too.

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Multitasking and Distractions: The Web's Effect on Our Brains, Our Memories, and Our Time

Multitasking and Distractions: The Web's Effect on Our Brains, Our Memories, and Our Time | Unplug | Scoop.it
Multitasking is a common practice that many think increases their productivity but it really means that you have constant interruptions ... from yourself.


"Multitasking:  Some questions for you to ponder …

  • How do you relate to the internet?
  • What impact do you see its distractions, large and small, having on your attention, your recollection … and your life?
  • Do you ever unplug?
  • If you do, how does it feel?"
craig daniels's insight:

Oh no not another post about multitasking!  Yes indeed, thoughts and studies about multitasking abound in the media and especially in blog posts of the internet.


In spite of what you coworker tells you multitasking still does not create an army of super efficient workers, what it does create is lots of tasks that are only half done or worse, completed at a low level.


On her blog Paula Eder shares her thoughts about multitasking and I think you find them well worth reading. She also includes a snappy short video about multitasking and our brains. Check it out.

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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 @$$

craig daniels's insight:

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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