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Kids unplug and immerse in tradition at native camp

Kids unplug and immerse in tradition at native camp | Unplug | Scoop.it
Breaking electronic tethers gives youth full benefit of program that inspires them to rebuild Heiltsuk First Nation
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Facebook: Waste of Time? | Social Media Today

Facebook: Waste of Time? | Social Media Today | Unplug | Scoop.it
One thing has become painfully clear: Facebook is not worth the time and effort.


"Facebook has designed a system in which the best way to “win” is to appeal to the Edgerank lowest common denominator.  Unlike other networks where you can do whatever you like and succeed based on your brand, the merit of your content, or your storytelling, Facebook has built a system in which the only way to get visibility is to acquire the social signals they deem important, or pay for it."

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Unplug & Detox This Summer

Unplug & Detox This Summer | Unplug | Scoop.it
The digital detox vacation, trending big in 2013, refers to the admirable act by which travelers surrender their mobile phones, laptops and tablets upon check-in, in an attempt to experience the vacations they're paying for in a more present way.
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Get away from it all this summer...

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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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5 Tips on How to Think Zen in Social Media

5 Tips on How to Think Zen in Social Media | Unplug | Scoop.it

"Patience is a virtue, an old saying says, it’s true because a patient mind is a gift. Not everyone can be patient in the middle of a horrible traffic jam or in the middle of long lines at the cashier when you are already running late."

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Social Media and Zen may seem more like oil and water but with a deep breath it's possible to bring a measure of calm to the social media world.

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Overwhelmed: Are We Asking The Right Questions?

Overwhelmed: Are We Asking The Right Questions? | Unplug | Scoop.it
Confused. Disappointed. Anxious. Unfocused. Distracted. Overwhelmed. Stretched too thin. Unknowing where to turn, never know if I'm doing enough. Feeling I'm never doing the right thing. More and m...
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Are we asking ourselves the right questions about how we've integrated our lives within the always on digital age? Social Media promises us a richer and more connected life with our peers but, does it deliver on this promise or does it just create a self sustaining illusion of connectivity?


In Overwhelmed Brian Gibson asks many questions about how we are integrating ourselves within this huge onslaught of data. One of my favorite questions in his post is: "How do we live a good life of online social interaction, and healthy “disconnected” time?"


I highly recommend this post, I've read it twice already and will be heading back to read it again.

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10 Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Life

10 Ways To Reduce Stress In Your Life | Unplug | Scoop.it
Do you feel scattered and unproductive? Are you looking for ways to reduce stress in your life? Does life seem to be swallowing you or overwhelming you?


"Unplug once a week. Take a day off of electronics, and normal weekly activities.  I honestly think smart phones aren’t so smart, they are robbing us of connecting face to face, not to mention our pocket books as well."

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Its True!  Everyone loves lists and what could be better than a list the promises to reduce our stress levels... And to cap it off the author suggests we add an extra item to the list, "eat some dessert."


Does Stressed spelled backwards really spell Desserts? Well roll out your Stressed Cart spin it around and pass out the Desserts for everyone. Mmmmm...

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Unplugging Lifestyle: A Growing Movement

Unplugging Lifestyle: A Growing Movement | Unplug | Scoop.it
Considering unplugging? A growing movement believes that in order to enjoy life to its fullest, you need to do some things the old-fashioned way (translation: technology-free).


"The first thing you notice about the San Francisco Mission District home of Laura Jo Wegman and Donovan Corliss is that there seems to be an awful lot of space. Wall space, counter space, floor space. It’s as if something is missing. Like TVs, video games, laptops, smartphones, and iPads."

craig daniels's insight:

Think about this: Living in a technology-free zone. Do you think you could designate your home a technology free zone?  I kind of like the idea of no flashing LEDs and using a rotary phone.


Read the complete post The Unplugged Home to learn more about the unplugging movement.

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Study: People Check Their Cell Phones Every Six Minutes, 150 Times A Day

Study: People Check Their Cell Phones Every Six Minutes, 150 Times A Day | Unplug | Scoop.it
While it seems as if people are constantly on their smartphones, it may not be so far from the truth, as new research suggests that people, on average, check their phones every six-and-a-half minutes.
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How many times a day to you think you check your cell phone?


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RUN FASTER MOMMY!: Unplug.

RUN FASTER MOMMY!: Unplug. | Unplug | Scoop.it

"But do you ever wonder, is living your life in front of a constantly updating  iPhone really living at all?"

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It says it all.. "Run Faster."  How often do you sit quietly with no plugged in distractions surrounding you?  Has your mantra become "Run Faster?"


Read the complete post about one woman's 48 hours unplugged..

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Great Post, Craig Daniels, Thank You!
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Information Overload

Information Overload | Unplug | Scoop.it
Have you ever felt overwhelmed by the amount of information that surrounds you? We're bombarded incessantly with high-speed streams of data, trivia, minutiae. But how do we navigate it without drow...
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Overload is an interesting choice of words when talking about all the information at our finger tips. I have a question, if we unplug are we still in the middle of information overload?


I think information overload is a simple construct of our brains not something that really exists. What do you think?

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Why You Should Unplug

Why You Should Unplug | Unplug | Scoop.it
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. "

craig daniels's insight:

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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How to Avoid Burnout and Keep Going

How to Avoid Burnout and Keep Going | Unplug | Scoop.it
Thousands of people burn out each week, and I can assure you that number is very highly concentrated in the startup industry. So, how do we avoid it?
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It's a great question that's posed by author Andrew Durmont in this post. How indeed do we avoid burnout? Most of us can't go off to live in the woods sheltered only by a one room cabin and living off the bounty of nature, so how do we find balance...


Durmont has written a short piece with a big handful of suggestions well worth printing off and taping to your refrigerator. Read the all of it: Avoid Burnout

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Leaders Must Unplug and Recharge

Leaders Must Unplug and Recharge | Unplug | Scoop.it
Leaders lead best when they allow themselves the freedom to unplug and recharge.


"The temptations are great with WiFi available in hotels. But as leaders of organizations, as colleagues, as spouses, parents, partners, we owe it to one another to unplug and recharge. It’s a bit of an energy oxymoron, no?"

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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?"

craig daniels's insight:

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

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Three Ways to Stimulate and Encourage Creativity

Three Ways to Stimulate and Encourage Creativity | Unplug | Scoop.it
George Washington Carver said, “Since new developments are the products of a creative mind, we must therefore stimulate and encourage that type of mind in every way possible.”  With change all ...


"Whether you are working with employees, children, or your own aspirations and goals, there are similarities in ways to fuel someone’s imagination."

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My favorite path to get the creative juices going is to add some fun to a project.

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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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How the smartphone killed the three-day weekend

How the smartphone killed the three-day weekend | Unplug | Scoop.it
Memorial Day weekend marks the beginning of summer and all it evokes: vacations, slower workweeks, casual dress codes, getting the pool ready and pulling out the outdoor furniture.
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It's hard to be in the land of multiple devices and not at least take a peak of two now and then. But what is becoming a problem is the constant looking at our phones and tablets, so much so we are having trouble holding our focus during the day.

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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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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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Why you’re not advancing: help, I'm stuck

There seems to be an innate drive to success that burns within us. If not, there are hundreds of images and announcements that extol the value of advanceme"


"But what do you do when you find yourself treading water? What is the mud sucking at your feet and keeping you mired in one place?"

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Joel Garfinkle shares with us 4 reasons you may be stuck and not moving forward. To his list I add number 5.


  1. You’ve lost your passion

  2. You’ve gotten comfortable and quit trying

  3. It isn’t where you want to go

  4. You think the price is too high

  5. You feel like you brain is scrambled


Sometimes we stop moving forward and try as we might nothing seems to get this old carriage moving down the road. Even the great points that Joel gives us in his post might not be enough to solve the puzzle.


So what if we have tried everything and your brain feels scrambled? It may be time to start scheduling weekly time to Unplug. We may just need some good walks around the block to help us get unstuck.


Read the rest of Help I'm Stuck and to see what others on social media are saying about unplugging check out iUnplug.com


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The Big Chill-Out: How Meditation Can Help With Everything

The Big Chill-Out: How Meditation Can Help With Everything | Unplug | Scoop.it
Changing the way your genes express themselves coaxing you to actually understand yourself and finally letting you really relax: Meditation is well...
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Even now in the 21st century the practice of meditation and the word itself bring up negative associations in many of us. When asked about meditation many people associate it with eastern religions and a surprising number of people see it as anti western culture.


Meditation is simply a set of exercise for the mind and body and meditation sessions are just like working out at the gym. Mediation requires no one to give up or alter their religion or beliefs. Meditation is a practice just as jogging to become a marathoner is a practice.


Take a moment and read about the benefits of meditation from the FastCompany post.

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Gaining Through Subtraction

Gaining Through Subtraction | Unplug | Scoop.it
The author of “The Laws of Subtraction” says that success often comes from knowing what to leave out of a project or situation.


"“To attain knowledge, add things every day. To attain wisdom, subtract things every day,” it said, capsulizing teachings of Lao Tzu. “Profit comes from what is there, usefulness from what is not there.”"

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Unplugging and subtraction both require that you prioritize your time, that you decide what is and isn't important to your well-being.


Throughout history movements and religions have taught the benefits of attention and focus and how there two disciplines can enhance our happiness.


Matthew E. May has written a short piece about subtraction and how it can change your life. read more: Taking Away

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Question: Do You Ever Unplug?

Question: Do You Ever Unplug? | Unplug | Scoop.it
We talk a lot on this blog and on the web in general about all of the advancements we have made when it comes to staying “plugged in” to the world around us


"So when do we have the chance to unplug, so to speak? Not often. I can’t remember the last time that I turned my iPhone off, other than when it died from lack of charge after using it to browse the web for hours."

craig daniels's insight:

Megan Totka poses a great question, Do You Ever Unplug? She's not asking us if we know it would be good to unplug regularly or if we think about unplugging, no she asking us directly. Do you ever unplug?


Many people may find it a hard question to answer... So, Do You Ever Unplug?


Read her complete post about unplugging.

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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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