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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 Case for Slacking Off

The Case for Slacking Off | Unplug | Scoop.it
Doing nothing is socially unacceptable. That's why we're so afraid of it.


"The biggest problem we have in contemporary society is not that we do too little but that we try to do too much. All the pressures in the workplace and in the social domain are about collaborating, speaking up, stepping forward, leaning in —doing practically anything to be noticed and to get ahead"

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Are you afraid to slack off?

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3 Unexpected Places To Find Inner Peace

3 Unexpected Places To Find Inner Peace | Unplug | Scoop.it
It can be difficult to capture a few moments of inner peace in our chaotic lives.
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Studies show that taking frequent short breaks throughout the day can help us to be more productive and happy at the same time.


Push away from the computer screen or phone and breathe deep, you'll be glad you did.

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7 Tips For Battling And Even Embracing Procrastination

7 Tips For Battling And Even Embracing Procrastination | Unplug | Scoop.it
It doesn't have to hurt so much. In fact some procrastinating can lead to productivity.
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I'm a big fan of embracing procrastination as a way to move beyond it. Allison Graham has penned an encouraging and thoughtful  post.


With all the constant buzz of technology creating opportunities for procrastination sometimes it seems impossible to just unplug to get something done.


Thanks for your shares and comments!

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Lessen The Load, Share Your Job

Lessen The Load, Share Your Job | Unplug | Scoop.it
You can't totally unplug unless someone's got your back. And if you never totally unplug you're flirting with burnout.


"a colleague who can plug into the workload so that you may unplug."

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There's hardly anyone who doesn't wish they had more flexibility in their lives, especially in their job. Our work can at times seem like a corral that pens up not just our bodies but our minds as well.


What if like a tea kettle we had a relief valve, a way of letting the steam off into the atmosphere and not at our co-workers or friends. It doesn't have to be a day-dream or a fantasy you spend time with while standing on the subway platform or stuck in rush hour.


Job sharing is slowly becoming more and more of a reality. What if you could make it to the school recital or take care of that pesky tooth ache while still making the deadline for your presentation.


In this FastCompany piece Drake Baer shares a some down to earth suggestions for mastering Job Sharing.

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The Digital Realities Of Work Life Blending

The Digital Realities Of Work Life Blending | Unplug | Scoop.it
I’ve been in Maine for the past week on a so-called digital vacation. Yes, the craggy coastline, salt air and lobster rolls are great, but as for “getting away from it all”, it just ain’t happening as I imagined it could.
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Are you Unbalanced?

Are you Unbalanced? | Unplug | Scoop.it

"The advice he gave me was to go home and take a nap each day until the day of the presentation. I remember thinking “that’s it, a nap” – that’s the best you got? That’s bizarre!"


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Balance is indeed the key to life. Too much work can indeed make Jackie's life dull but also too much play can as well. Approaching both work and play with intention and attention will help us succeed at both.

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Achieve Unlimited Happiness by Making Changes: Interview W/ Gabrielle Bernstein:

Achieve Unlimited Happiness by Making Changes: Interview W/ Gabrielle Bernstein: | Unplug | Scoop.it
Gabrielle Bernstein I recently spoke to the wondering Gabrielle Bernstein, who is the New York Times bestselling author of May Cause Miracles: A 40-Day Guidebook of Subtle Shifts for Radical Change and Unlimited Happiness.


"Like any effective practice, true transformation occurs with daily repetition. Begin with a 40-day commitment and start experiencing positive results immediately."

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In this interview Gabrielle Bernstein points to 3 important things you need to do for success. 1. Love what you do. 2. Be authentic. 3. Don't be afraid to ask for more. These are all really good touchstones to remind ourselves just what path we are on.


It's easy to let the  distractions created by media and technology move us from our path and take the air out of our dreams. I'm reminded how easy it is to get caught up in the virtual world to the detriment of relationships and interactions with people in the physical world.


I'd add one more item to her list, 4. Unplug frequently and look around at your life. Practicing mindfulness will help you to soar on whatever path you have chosen.


Check out iUnplug.com for more about unplugging.

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Truly Unplug & Leave Your Work Behind

Truly Unplug & Leave Your Work Behind | Unplug | Scoop.it
If you’re getting ready to go on vacation for the holidays, are you planning to truly disconnect from work or do you expect to get roped into work calls and emails while you’re away?
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Getting ready for that holiday vacation?  How will you spend it?  Disconnected from work or roped into calls and emails?  Alison Green shares with us some great tips on how to truly unplug and leave your work behind.

 

  1. Plan your vacation well in advance, completing as much as possible beforehand to help avoid any stress over work "pile-up".
  2. Give people plenty of notice before you leave.
  3. Give your contact information to one person who will act as your gatekeeper.
  4. Set up an informative out-of-office message to inform people you are on vacation.
  5. Take your email off your phone.
  6. Resist the temptation to check-in with the office.
  7. If you really can't unplug completely, set boundaries with your office.
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Tips For A Happier And Less Stressed Entrepreneur

Tips For A Happier And Less Stressed Entrepreneur | Unplug | Scoop.it
Adopt these five rules to make sure the stress of starting up doesn't get you down.
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NaNoWriMo: Tips to Help You Through the Challenge - 50,000 words in 30 days.

NaNoWriMo: Tips to Help You Through the Challenge - 50,000 words in 30 days. | Unplug | Scoop.it
So now that we're into November, a mass project has been taken up by people all across the globe. Yes, all over the world people will be picking up pens and opening up their laptops to whittle away some works of fiction.
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It's November and that means time to  (if you haven't already) sit down at your keyboard and write a 50,000 words novel in under 30 days.


Gabrielle Leimon has penned a great list of helpful tips on just how to accomplish what may seem like a huge task, but I assure you it can be accomplished.


I took the challenge and finished it my 2nd time around, so get on board and write a novel.

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Everyday Time-management Tips

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Sometimes trying to manage your time can backfire, and you become overwhelmed with time management. Here are some simple ways to get a head of your to-do list.
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I don't know about you but to me the idea of spending 40 hours to learn a complicated time-management system is not at all appealing.  Thinking about the daily charts to fill out, the videos to watch and trying to turn my brain into a living spreadsheet is not attractive.


Isn't the point to attain more focus along with getting more done so that we can reduce stress and enjoy our life more? How is having the wall filled with giant charts about time-management going to reduce our stress?


Well there are alternatives to the expensive and complicated time-management systems that strike dread deep in our minds. Robert Half has posted a simple overview that highlights 5 "humble yet effective tips" to help us use our time better. Give it look...

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Take Back Your Life: Tips for a Healthy Work-Life Balance

Take Back Your Life: Tips for a Healthy Work-Life Balance | Unplug | Scoop.it
"Rae previously owned her own company where she did consulting with various companies on how to cultivate an environment of fulfillment and productivity and was a motivational speaker on work-life blending. Christine has had a successful career and has two children. She shared a moving story of her triumph over her personal work-life balance struggle.
  • Learn to say no. You have the power of choice. You can pick and choose what you want to invest your time in every day and make decisions based on your core values. However, saying no too often may make you look like you’re not a team player and hurt your personal brand, so keep a good balance.
  • Don’t feel guilty for being a working parent. As hard as it may be.
  • Take vacations and actually unplug on those vacations.
  • Name the point of conflict; it’s easier to address it."
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Balance is quickly creeping into everyday conversations in both our personal and work lives, but is it in danger of being overused? In this article Lindsey LaManna gives us a great list of actionable things to implement in our daily lives.


Living a healthy and happy life after all is about doing things that bring contentment and happiness into our lives, right? We don't wake up every morning and say our-loud, "today I'm going to spend my time glued to the computer screen and not interact face to face with anyone," or do we?


Check out Lindsey's posting for some thoughtful ideas and tips on living a life truly centered and "balanced.'

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Mindfulness: An Antidote for Workplace ADD

Mindfulness: An Antidote for Workplace ADD | Unplug | Scoop.it

"People not being fully present is a big problem because the most effective interactions occur when two people are mutually present to each other. That's when rapport happens. That's when chemistry happens. That's when you're going to have the most powerful communication and mutual understanding."

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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?"
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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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