Take a Weekly Technology Break

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There are serious personal benefits of taking time away the constant hum of technology. So why wait for your next vacation? Take a device hiatus every week. On Friday night, turn off everything with a screen — your computer, tablet, and phone. Put them in a drawer to keep them out of sight. And don’t turn them on again until Saturday night. Knowing you won’t be able to connect for 24 hours can be unnerving, so prepare in advance. Print out your schedule, along with any maps or phone numbers you need. Let people know that they won’t be able to text, tweet, email, use Facebook, or web chat during that time. Then enjoy – be present and focused on whatever you do – spend time with your kids, go for a hike, read a book. You’ll likely find the day is longer and when you power back on, you’ll feel recharged.

Adapted from “Tech’s Best Feature: The Off Switch” by Tiffany Shlain.

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8 comments
Andy Pratt
Andy Pratt

After I realized it made me a better person, I kinda didn't take a break. #multitaskwithreality /m/

Alla Sadovnyk
Alla Sadovnyk

when I`m sleeping or walking. This is very little break :(

Vic Den
Vic Den

probably should depend on what you do for a living. It would not be a great idea if you provide tech support for folks who don't follow this