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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."

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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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Add 34 Hours Back To Your Week

Add 34 Hours Back To Your Week | Unplug | Scoop.it
The average american spends 34 hours a week watching TV. That's over 1,700 hours a year watching television each week. Imagine what you can do giving up TV


"It goes back to easy versus right.  Surrendering to the television is easy. No effort and very little return.  Surrendering to work that matters and makes a difference is harder.  A lot of effort with a much bigger return."

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Are you spending over 1700 hours a year watching television? And what about the time spent texting or using apps on your smart phone? Or maybe web surfing is your choice.


It's possible when you add it all up most of us are spending well over 2000 hours a year indulging in passive entertainment.


Wow!

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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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Doug Unplugged: UNPLUG & READ Blog Tour

Doug Unplugged: UNPLUG & READ Blog Tour | Unplug | Scoop.it
Doug Unplugged by Dan Yaccarino was of special interest to me due to the lengths we've gone to in the past few months to reduce Isabelle's media consumption.  As soon as I read it, I adored the sto...
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It's here, It's here shouted the tiny voice in the crowd, Screen Free Week is here. The crowd stopped in their tracks and in unison roared approval for this wondrous news. Screen Free Week is here, it's here.


Check out this little post for a chance to win a copy of Doug Unplugged and to learn more about Doug and Screen Free Week.

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22 Signs You’re Dating Your Laptop

22 Signs You’re Dating Your Laptop | Unplug | Scoop.it
2. Even if you’re not looking at inappropriate content, when a nosey person comes up behind you and stares at your screen, you get defensive. It feels a lot like if someone walked in the bathroom a...
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Generally if you want to know if you are dating someone you only have to answer yes to a couple of simple questions.


Finding out if you are dating your laptop is slightly more difficult and so Christopher Hudspeth has created a fun list with 22 benchmarks for you to check out.


If you see yourself in more than a couple of these 22 signs it might be time to unplug and meditate for a while. But don't be distressed your laptop will be waiting for your return.

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Get Off the Grid

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Patagonia winds whisper to me like it was yesterday. How I crave to be in the mountains walking up and down rugged landscapes, hoping to see yet another
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Geoff Livingston shares with us some thoughts from his recent to Patagonia. He muses about the near future when quiet and being unplugged will be a luxury, being unplugged will be a task.


Do you think in the future unplugging will be a task? Will it become so onerous that only those with the resources to luxury rates will be able to move beyond the digital noise of today?


check out more about his Patagonia journey. Off The Grid

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What, No Instruction Manual?

What, No Instruction Manual? | Unplug | Scoop.it

"Has it really come to this? In barely one generation we’ve moved from exulting in the time-saving devices that have so expanded our lives to trying to get away from them. Often in order to make more time. The more ways we have to connect, the more many of us seem desperate to unplug. Like teenagers, we appear to have gone from knowing nothing about the world to knowing too much all but overnight.

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Before reading this article I'd never heard of Black-Hole-Resorts. Oh sure I knew there were getaway places that had no TV or Internet, I even knew of few of them didn't allow cell phones on the grounds. But for the life of me I didn't know a term had been coined describing these quiet oasis's.


A well written and enjoyable piece that ends with an upbeat conclusion that the children of too much technology will adapt to it much better than we have, they will see nothing abnormal about shutting it off.

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Japanese Garden Tranquility

Japanese Garden Tranquility | Unplug | Scoop.it
Since ancient times Japanese culture has valued tranquility and balance. From their architecture and spiritual practices to their world renown gardens the culture expresses rehabilitation of spirit after hard work and play.


"The Japanese Garden combines landscaping design that springs forth from nature and spiritual order resulting in a layered landscape which can produce a profound sense of ease and peace"

craig daniels's insight:

A great summer project for just you or for a whole family might be visiting some nearby Japanese Gardens and building a small one yourself. Even if you have no room outside you can build a small one in a frame as small as 2x2, it's called a tabletop garden.


Projects such as this are a great way to unplug and get more balance into your life. And think of the serenity you'll gain from visiting a few Japanese Gardens.

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How To Live In The Now

How To Live In The Now | Unplug | Scoop.it

"When most people are asked, “Are you living in the now?” they usually answer by saying I try to. Most people try to, but their past keeps bringing them back to a place that they really don’t want to go."

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Living in the here and now is what many of us aspire to, yet most of us fall off the turnip truck with every bump in the road. It's not that we are doing the wrong things so much as distractions and shinny objects conspire for our attention :)


What's the key to this conundrum? The here and now is all we have, there is no past or future to live in, so the key is to remind ourselves of that fact frequently, but do it gently after all guilting ourselves won't help.


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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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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. "

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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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Attention Is Precious Every Interaction Counts

"Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks is a 10-minute film and accompanying TED Book from award-winning Director Tiffany Shlain and her team at The Moxie Institute."

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Attention Is Precious Every Interaction Counts... The film compares the internet to a child's brain with connections growing and being pruned at every moment.


What we put on the internet and what we put into our brains is hugely important.


Check out Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks - It's 10 minutes that might change your brain...

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Change It Up: Amtrak Celebrates 42nd Anniversary

Change It Up: Amtrak Celebrates 42nd Anniversary | Unplug | Scoop.it
May 2013 marks Amtrak's 42nd anniversary, and Joe Boardman, Amtrak CEO, has a special wish this year!


"So, for our 42nd anniversary, my wish is that we’ll get to take you somewhere new this year. Unplug your iPods, decide on a destination, grab your friends and family, then let us handle the rest."

craig daniels's insight:

Traveling by train is a great way to add to quality time to your journey, slow down a bit and smell the roses so to speak.


Oh and trains mostly have connections to the internet so you won't have to miss anything, but you might find meeting people and looking out the window enough to keep you busy.


All-aboard...

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He Gave Up The Internet For A Year: Now He's Back

He Gave Up The Internet For A Year: Now He's Back | Unplug | Scoop.it

I was wrong.

One year ago I left the internet. I thought it was making me unproductive. I thought it lacked meaning. I thought it was "corrupting my soul."



"It's a been a year now since I "surfed the web" or "checked my email" or "liked" anything with a figurative rather than literal thumbs up. I've managed to stay disconnected, just like I planned. I'm internet free."

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Until today I had never heard of Paul Miller or the heroic journey he's been on during this last year, his journey was to live without the internet for one full year.


Did Paul Miller find Nirvana or at least a pea sized bit of serenity over the year he withdrew from social networking and everything else on the internet? It doesn't seem so, but he does seem to have realized the age old axiom, " wherever you go, there you are."


I don't know Mr Miller but I can empathize with his struggle and disappointments he shares with us, and his conclusion at the end of his journey that "he was wrong." I'm at times this thought is hard to hold and look at.


Expectations are tailored made to deliver disappointment and its twin, suffering, My gentle suggestion to anyone who pines for a time without the internet is, seek balance within what is, don't run away.

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an Unplugged Retreat for Creatives

an Unplugged Retreat for Creatives | Unplug | Scoop.it

"These days I find it harder to escape from technology and the demands of a world infused with information.


Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, email, phone calls, text messages, all do a great job of keeping us connected in new and exciting ways, but what about connecting with yourself? Are you just trudging along in your work without real focus and creativity?"

craig daniels's insight:

Hurry and give these people a call to see if there are any slots left. It's no secret that we all want to get away and spend some relaxing time without the noise of technology breathing down our necks.


If you can't get away for a trip like this plan a quiet getaway with a friend for an afternoon, together you can explore getting to know each other better.

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Six Ways to Become Re-Inspired

Six Ways to Become Re-Inspired | Unplug | Scoop.it

Have you ever found yourself in a rut? Nothing seems to really inspire you and you just feel kind of "blah" about everything?

"If you answered “YES!” You are not alone. Many of us suffer from burn-out. Because of the incessant stream of stimulation and information it is easy to find yourself exhausted and zapped. But have no fear, I’ve put together a list of simple things that you can do right away that will have you back in action in no time."

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Unplugging can be a wonderful way to find inspiration for any project you are working on, even inspiration for a digital project, irony included for free.

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Organic Communication: How To Keep 'iDisorders' From Overflowing

Organic Communication: How To Keep 'iDisorders' From Overflowing | Unplug | Scoop.it
Career skills require a more organic form of communication than many people today are wired for.


"Increases in narcissism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and depression are increasingly correlated with frequent use of technology.  Yet the person who can succeed in our soft and uncertain economy is still the one who can focus on one task, follow through on a commitment, and excel in face-to-face communication."

craig daniels's insight:

A great first step to integrate down time from always-on technology interaction is to shut everything off 60 minutes before bedtime. Just give yourself that little bit of space to meditate, read or talk with someone face to face about your day.


Nothing radical of painful will happen to you if you take this step but, I'm pretty sure some positive results will start showing up rather quickly.


Rob Asghar has penned this engaging piece for Forbes, I encourage you to read the whole of the article.

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10 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes to Boost Happiness

10 Things You Can Do in 10 Minutes to Boost Happiness | Unplug | Scoop.it
Self-care doesn’t require hours of free time. In fact, just 10 minutes or less can help to boost your well-being. Below, experts share their tips for lifting


"7. Call a friend.

Most of us feel much better after talking our hearts out with a friend. Talking to someone who’s kind and caring actually activates the calming parasympathetic nervous system, Mininni said."

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Not enough time to be happy? There are moments and sometimes even days when stress and responsibility seem to take up every waking moment. When do we find time to relax and be happy?


Well this nice little article is chock full of ideas to do in 10 minutes that will improve your happiness levels.


Check it out and if you have your own 10 minute tips leave a comment.

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