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A Voice For Unplugging - Recharge Refresh Restore

A Voice For Unplugging - Recharge Refresh Restore | Unplug | Scoop.it
I came across this video earlier this morning and thought you all might enjoy it. It’s a fine rant about unplugging and enjoying what’s going on in the present moment. (note: some strong language). It’s easy to get caught up in the Social Media buzz train, but until we step back and look around we …
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Today's Mantra: I DON'T HAVE TIME

Today's Mantra: I DON'T HAVE TIME | Unplug | Scoop.it
@waylonlewis on Instagram: Yaffo, Israel, off the beach.   I'm traveling. I don't have time to write my weekly editor's letter. I don't have time to
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YOU DON'T HAVE TIME...


You don't have time to work -- to play with the kids -- to breathe.  Heck!  You don't even have time to read this insight!


And what do we do "If there’s a gap of space, of breath?  We reach for our smart phones. 150 times a day, on average. Pretty stupid."


This blogger reminds us that Life is too short.  Life is too sweet.  And  not something to be ignored.


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James Harlan's curator insight, June 30, 1:22 AM

give time and be happy :)

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4 Tips to Unplug and Promote Creativity

4 Tips to Unplug and Promote Creativity | Unplug | Scoop.it
Most business managers thrive on information, but this overload can thwart the energy you need to build your business. Here's how to get it back.
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Spend enough time online and your might feel like you've lost your connection to creativity, but it's not lost so much as just misplaced.


Peter Gasca shares with us 4 simple and effective ways to reconnect with our creative side.


  • Take A Walk
  • Schedule Creative Time
  • Meditate
  • Covet Thy Sleep


Adopting simplicity of action in your life will keep you close to your gifts.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 16, 12:15 PM

The key points are something that could be integrated into classroom time. Even meditation could be quiet time for students and teachers.

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What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades

What’s Lost as Handwriting Fades | Unplug | Scoop.it
Even as the emphasis shifts to the keyboard, experts say that learning to write by hand improves motor skills, memory and creativity.
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Is handwriting a relic of the past? 


It is now only in kindergarten and 1st grade that legible writing is taught to children.  After that "the emphasis quickly shifts to proficiency on the keyboard".



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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, June 6, 12:07 PM

This is the 3rd or 4th scoop in the last few days on this topic. I think it is important enough to keep grabbing new articles.

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It’s Never Easy Unfriending On Facebook

It’s Never Easy Unfriending On Facebook | Unplug | Scoop.it

"Have you ever been unfriended by someone on Facebook, and actually realized it’s happened? I did, and I was hurt. I noticed my friend’s husband’s brother, deleted me. Yeah, we’d only seen each other once in the last two years but I was still offended, you know?"

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Composing Only 5% of the World Population, Americans Take 50% of All Pharmaceutical Drugs

Composing Only 5% of the World Population, Americans Take 50% of All Pharmaceutical Drugs | Unplug | Scoop.it

"While Americans comprise only 5 percent of the world population, we consume an incredible 50 percent of Big Pharma’s drugs,"

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It doesn't really matter what the number is, everyone knows we take too many drugs in an attempt to keep us healthy.


Doing simple things like exercise, watching what we eat and relaxing could cut the number of drugs we take as well as visits to the doctor. Think About It.

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If You Own a Smartphone, You Are Probably Waking Up Wrong

If You Own a Smartphone, You Are Probably Waking Up Wrong | Unplug | Scoop.it
There is an ideal way to start your workday, and, if you own a smartphone, you're probably not doing it.
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Upon waking each morning, what is the first thing you reach for?  Hopefully, it's your significant other.  But for most of us, it's our Smartphone.


Whether it's to "turn off (or snooze) the alarm...check email, Twitter, Facebook or text messages...it's a stressful way to start the day."

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You Can't Escape Big Data, But You Can Hide...For Now

You Can't Escape Big Data, But You Can Hide...For Now | Unplug | Scoop.it

"The merger of Nielsen and Arbitron assures that this one firm will be the sole supplier of advertising currency for all the major ad mediums — TV, online, and radio. They’ll be watching you and so will others as they look to master the media. They have friends and they'll be compiling. You can’t escape. "

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Here's What 20 Successful Australian Entrepreneurs Do Before Going To Bed

Here's What 20 Successful Australian Entrepreneurs Do Before Going To Bed | Unplug | Scoop.it
Entrepreneurs are constantly on the go. Their brains ticking over, new ideas, plans to action, a business to grow.
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Facebook Users Are Playing Games

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If it seems like you just can't stop playing 'Candy Crush Saga' or any other Facebook games, don't worry, you're in good company -- a lot of good company.
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Facebook revealed on Wednesday that "of all its active users - 375 million people - play at least one Facebook-connected game in an average month".


Users who play on 2 or more platforms are more likely to click on ads and spend 3.3 times more money on in-game purchases. 

And that's no game!

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From Breakfast Burritos to Breakfast Phones

From Breakfast Burritos to Breakfast Phones | Unplug | Scoop.it
Taco Bell is going old school for its breakfast launch with a program disseminating feature phones to hard-core fans.
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Using a "Mission Impossible" type process, Taco Bell is mailing out 1,000 Samsung T4046 phones to fans and influencers.  People who receive these "Breakfast Phones" complete various missions to win prizes like a free Taco Bell breakfast for one year.


This is your mission, if you choose to accept it.  Good Luck!

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Olympic Athletes in Sochi Banned from Social Media

Olympic Athletes in Sochi Banned from Social Media | Unplug | Scoop.it
There's a reason you won't see any Instagram or Vine videos published on social media by Olympic athletes this month in Sochi.
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While Olympic athletes can post written content and photos in line with the fundamental principles of Olympism, the IOC has banned them from posting any audio or video of events, competitions and other activities taking place in Sochi.

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drno's curator insight, February 25, 10:41 AM

A discussion on censorship during the Olympic games, 2014.

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Remain on Facebook When You Die

Remain on Facebook When You Die | Unplug | Scoop.it
Facebook will no longer limit who can view the accounts of its deceased members. Until now, Facebook would change the privacy settings on a deceased person's account — known as a "memorial...
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No longer will Facebook limit who can view accounts of its deceased members. 

 

It's called a "memorial account".  And it's intended to "respect the choices a person made in life" by leaving the privacy settings set as the account owner originally set them.

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The 5 Best Apps to Calm You Down

The 5 Best Apps to Calm You Down | Unplug | Scoop.it
Photo by Elke Seizle/ It sounds counterintuitive, but apps and meditation fit together as neatly as the soles of your feet. $.99 Zazen Bare-bones support for dedicated meditators who simply crave a little structure, this app (named after the term for practicing Zen meditation while seated), is basically a timer with four distinctive bell sounds to let you know when it’s time to start and stop your silent sessions.
Susan Taylor's insight:

Sit comfortably; take a deep breath and relax.  These top 5 apps will help you put some calm back into your day.

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Put That Thing Away -

Put That Thing Away - | Unplug | Scoop.it
What does it look like to the other person when you can't put your phone down while having a conversation? This video nails it.
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I have mastered the raised eyebrow when someone starts staring into their phone while talking to me, but I haven't quite got the moxie to say "put that thing away."  Maybe now after watching this video I'll try it out next time someone chooses distraction over meaningful interaction... 


The video will make you smile..check it out...

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Meditation -- The New SoulCycle

Meditation -- The New SoulCycle | Unplug | Scoop.it
The country’s sleekest and most convenient meditation studio just opened in Los Angeles.
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Whether it's losing baby weight; giving traders an edge on the market; or winning the Super Bowl, the "name of the magic pill" is meditation.


And now it's a big hit for "plugged-in, stressed-out millenials, who gather in groups of up to 52 people in the service of quieting an overactive mind".

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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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Managing Work Expectations in a Plugged-In-World

Managing Work Expectations in a Plugged-In-World | Unplug | Scoop.it

"By now we all know that managing life, family, and a career can sometimes seem impossible. With the advancement of technology over the last two decades, work tasks have become much easier. However, these advancements have created an always-accessible work expectation."

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Humanize Your Networking

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As you have read countless times, social media is about relationship marketing, engagement and making authentic connections. Real-time conversations with real p
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"You've got real people enjoying real conversations, with real needs".


Social media = relationship marketing and requires a balance between social automation and authentic connection.


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How to get more done by taking the day off

How to get more done by taking the day off | Unplug | Scoop.it

"As someone who has creative thinking at the heart of everything I do, I know too well that those moments of illumination can only happen when I let the ideas float to the surface. A brain packed full to the brim with information overload is not going to process anything of a genius nature until I stop and let it all hang out."

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Unplug - Vacation In A Truck

Unplug - Vacation In A Truck | Unplug | Scoop.it

"If you’re looking to unplug on your next vacation, you could stay at a quaint bed and breakfast filled with doilies and wicker, or you could trek out to Scotland to stay in The Beermoth."

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The ONE Thing You Need to be Happy

The ONE Thing You Need to be Happy | Unplug | Scoop.it
Today is the United Nations International Day of Happiness. To celebrate, I'm setting you all a challenge - for one day only, try not to experience life through a lens. How wonderful all the tools
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What makes people happy? 


Removing the "lens" through which we see the world.  Being present.  Appreciating Life around us. 


And what does scientific research have to say about what makes us happy?


"To connect with other human beings -- IN PERSON".

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Start a Meditation Practice in 10 Easy Steps

Start a Meditation Practice in 10 Easy Steps | Unplug | Scoop.it
I meditate. But it's been a long road to get here. Buddha on the mountaintop, I'm not. You might describe me as a bit tense high-strung. My mind clicks a million miles a minute. In fact, as I type
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  1. Just Begin
  2. Jot Down Feelings
  3. Start Small
  4. Use an App or Timer
  5. Get Comfortable
  6. Find the Right Gaze
  7. Use a Simple Mantra
  8. Be Kind to Yourself
  9. Be Consistent
  10. Try Again
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Krista Boschian's curator insight, March 21, 5:07 AM

Appuntamenti di meditazione nell'estate 2014 presso la zona fronte mare del nostro hotel. Condividi con i tuoi amici questa bella iniziativa e messaggio.

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Escape A Bad Day For 10 Minutes

Escape A Bad Day For 10 Minutes | Unplug | Scoop.it
We all have a Bad Day from time to time... Escaping for 10 minutes may be just what you need.
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Walking away from a bad day even just for 10 minutes can really put things into perspective... Check out these helpful tips...

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Loneliness: More Dangerous Than We Thought

Loneliness: More Dangerous Than We Thought | Unplug | Scoop.it
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Our continuous infatuation with social media has been said to cause more loneliness.  We've also learned that "loneliness is an equal-opportunity emotion".  It can affect people regardless of whether they are in a real relationship or not. 


But can loneliness actually kill you? 


According to recent research, loneliness is not only extremely toxic to the body; it can "increase an older person's chance of premature death by 14%". 

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