Gimme a Break – a Technology Break
Some people think a technology break is a myth or rainbow unicorn. Today we feel disconnected if we don’t have our cell phone, laptop, and tablet open while we are in front of the TV. Do you need a technology break? In case you aren’t sure, here are the signs you need one: you are a human over the age of 5 and under the age of 70.
Don’t get me wrong. I understand the irony of writing about taking a technology break on a piece of technology while you read it on a piece of technology. But let’s push on shall we? I want to help you take a tech break – oh, say that five times fast – take a tech break, take a…never mind.
5 Ways to take a tech break
- Make it an event. Plan ahead, make some snacks, and carefully plan your alternative activity. Complete a long-put-off activity like cleaning the garage or painting the living room. Celebrate your purposeful pause on technology.
- Alternatively, make it consistent. Have an area of your house where tech is banned, like the bedroom or dining room, or a certain time of day, like dinnertime or bedtime, where you put digital devices aside.
- Take baby steps. If you feel that a complete break with technology isn’t possible, take some time where all your notifications are turned off or put the device in airplane mode. Try to move slowly toward full tech recess.
- Get physical. Go for a hike or a long walk, ride a bike, or take a meditation class. Being focused on some physical activity will make the absence of technology less noticeable.
- Use the buddy system. Get your friend or spouse to break up with technology, too (temporarily). Go get dinner, complete a joint project, or learn a new skill. The two of you will be able to keep each other from caving, and there will be a special bond = you fought technology and you won!
A break from technology can give you a renewed vigor, a special connection to something not plugged in, and maybe … smugness. You can get away from tech and you survived!
Jennifer McCool, the owner of Organize This AR, is also a part-time blogger and volunteer junkie. When asked how she became so organized, she blames her parents! “Both my parents were in the military; I never stood a chance to be anything but organized.” Organize This AR offers professional organizing services for business and non-profit organizations that include policy and procedure development, efficiency assessments, administrative tasks, and office organization. View her website and blog for services and ideas to get organized.
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