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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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The Value of Unplugging - Pema Chodron

The Value of Unplugging - Pema Chodron | Unplug | Scoop.it
“You quickly learn that distractions are not just phone calls and emails. Our own mind and our longings, our cravings and our fantasies are also major distractions.”
Pema Chödrön is one of a few...
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The Transition Between Wanting Change and Making it Real

The Transition Between Wanting Change and Making it Real | Unplug | Scoop.it
The first two years working towards my dreams were done without having a clear set of goals and actions, other than just getting online and making things happen.
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Many of us just keep smashing our heads into the wall by forging ahead without a plan.


Justin Harmon writes a compeling piece about his journey to find success in work and with family and friends. It's just too easy to pick one or the other by ignoring our need for balance.


So he started his change by taking 15 minutes every evening to write down the tasks he would do the following day, and he held himself accountable for those tasks. He took the first steps on his new path. 

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5 Ways Unplugging Helps Revive Your Creativity

5 Ways Unplugging Helps Revive Your Creativity | Unplug | Scoop.it
by Jocelyn Paige Kelly


"It's impossible to keep going all the time. Even cars need to rest their engines and refuel. While on vacation this past week, I was reminded why this was important for me too. Rest is key in refueling my creative energy as well as for my peace of mind.
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Adding Unplugging to your everyday routines will in short order make it a habit, a habit that is both healthy and one that will enable you to generate more creative ways of doing things.

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One View on Unplugging

One View on Unplugging | Unplug | Scoop.it

"in this day and age of always being connected, i swear all of this modern technology gets in the way of our living!  on a few occasions at the park, i’ve noticed someone pushing their child on the swing while being totally checked out and staring at their mobile device. and all i can think is, goodness i am so close to becoming that person.   between texting, social media apps, reading and responding to comments and questions on said social media apps, checking email, updating the ical… it’s like, well of course we are glued to this thing 24/7.  and also, how sad."

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Unplugging may be easier if you have someone to do it with, someone to take walks or just sit and talk to.Finding ourselves alone on the day we have planned to unplug just might open up a stream of anxiety in some.So if you are new to unplugging but really want to try it call a friend and do it together a few times before stepping out on your own.

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Searching For Downtime

Searching For Downtime | Unplug | Scoop.it
We're addicted to distraction, and it's holding us back. To find genius in the 21st century, we must build a discipline of unplugging and deep thinking.


It is now possible to always feel loved and cared for, thanks to the efficiency of our “comment walls” on Facebook and seamless connection with everyone we've ever known. Your confidence and self-esteem can quickly be reassured by checking your number of “followers” on Twitter or the number of “likes” garnered by your photographs and blog posts. The traction you are getting in your projects, or with your business, can now be measured and reported in real time.
 
Our insatiable need to tune into information – at the expense of savoring our downtime – is a form of “work” (something I call “insecurity work”) that we do to reassure ourselves.
 
So what’s the solution? How do we reclaim our sacred spaces?

1. Rituals for unplugging.
2. Daily doses of deep thinking.
3. Meditation and naps to clear the mind.
4. Self-awareness and psychological investment.
5. Protect the state of no-intent.
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Downtime seems to have taken a huge hit in our everyday thinking. Instead of searching for downtime people seem to be doing everything they can to avoid it and when we talk about downtime its context is mostly negative.


Scheduled downtime means we loose our connection to whatever it is we want to be connected to. Unscheduled downtime is even worse because it robs us of planning for alternative distractions.


Writing about downtime Scott Belsky shares with us some solutions to rampant distraction hunting and lays out a simple path to reclaiming a clearer mind topped with a big helping of creativity.


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What Would You Do To Be Happy?

What Would You Do To Be Happy? | Unplug | Scoop.it

"Happiness may be elusive but we can learn to be happier and now there are online courses to give us some help."

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Happiness is different from person to person but one thing is clear, the vast majority of us want to be happy.


Studies show that exercise, diet, sleep, mindfulness and giving more are all things we can do that will lead to being happier more of the time. And don't forget frequent unplugging from technology. Let's Get Going...


UC Berkeley is now offering a free online course titled The Science of Happiness. Check it out.

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Why I gave up living in an off-grid commune

Why I gave up living in an off-grid commune | Unplug | Scoop.it
Unplugging from the electrical grid was relatively easy. What we didn’t realise was that we needed the human grid, too
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8 essential tips for a tech-free vacation

8 essential tips for a tech-free vacation | Unplug | Scoop.it
Whether it's a two-week excursion or a weekend getaway to the mountains, you deserve a break.


"Start small. Instead of going cold turkey, ease yourself off of your dependency. Do you typically bring your iPhone to the supermarket and block the entire frozen food aisle so you can check Facebook?"

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Before you go on a tech-free vacation you might want to practice unplugging a bit first.

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10 Signs That You Need to Unplug

10 Signs That You Need to Unplug | Unplug | Scoop.it
1. You use the word retweet instead of repeat in casual conversation. 2. You actually say to someone: "I just read something about that on Facebook." 3. The distant sound of a mobile phone ring mak...
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Fast, Simple and Easy .... After you read this check out iUnplug.com for more info and social news on unplugging...

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The Power of the UNPLUG From Social Media and Mobile

The Power of the UNPLUG From Social Media and Mobile | Unplug | Scoop.it

"What I have found is that I am more inspired, more passionate about my work and simply happier when I unplug at a certain time every day and on the weekends. It is healthier for me and my family to know that there are times when social media, work and networking can take a backseat to what matters most in life… quality time for me and my family."

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I love seeing more and more people talking about Unplugging on their blogs and websites. Unplugging is a problem for some and a nuisance for others but I think we can all agree taking a brake form Social Media from time to time is a healthy idea.


In The Power of the Unplug From Social Media and Mobile Britt Michaelian shares with us her thoughts on the subject using both text and a short video message. Check it out.

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