"Some entrepreneurs struggle with leaving work behind when they are now capable of checking in on the go constantly. Many small business owners have put their heart and soul into their business and it is difficult for them to delegate control to others in order to get away. Even for those who are not small business owners, unplugging from the constant feed of information and socializing we receive from the internet and the social media sites is not easy."
"Digital detox can come in the form of group action. Many have caught onto the detox trend, even entire communities. The town of Ely, Minnesota participated in a town-wide digital detox, as it announced a mandatory ban on social media on April 1, 2013. Ross Petersen, Mayor of Ely, stated that the ban was meant to raise awareness about how much time people spend online and the importance of human contact."
"When you compare this to the way things were fifteen years ago you realise that a huge paradigm shift in human lifestyles has occurred. The gadgets that we use have adapted quickly and successfully alongside the technology, but a question that arises is: have our minds and bodies been able to adapt so readily?"
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?"
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."
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?"
Before you go on a tech-free vacation you might want to practice unplugging a bit first.
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."
My favorite path to get the creative juices going is to add some fun to a project.
"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."
Disconnecting is really much easier than you might think...
"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!"
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.
"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."
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.