So I turned my phone to silent, and have never turned it back. My life was calmer, I had less disruptions and distractions in my day, and though I missed the little Samsung ring dance, my happiness index certainly increased.
The more you remove yourself from your devices, the more you realize that, despite what you thought, you can successfully handle being away from them.
Unplugging was harder than it looked -- for the first few days I had phantom-phone syndrome, the constant urge during any spare second of time to reach for my small, rectangular best friend. But I persevered. Four things I discovered...
When I put the phone down, I felt weird, incomplete, like I wasn't wearing a bra or something. At times during the beginning of the vacation, I actually held the phone even though it was off. It was like weaning: The turned-off phone was my binky.
I've just returned from the most amazing place. I'm not talking about Hawaii, where I spent the holidays with my daughters, my sister and my ex-husband -- though it was lovely, and all the more so because of the foot of snow that's greeted my return to New York. I'm talking about the week I spent unplugged, away from email, social media and TV. Occasionally unplugging from all our devices and techno-distractions is one of those seemingly small adjustments that actually have the power to transform the way we see the world, live our lives and interact with the people who matter most to us. The unplugged version of myself was better able to give these things my full attention -- which, as Daniel Goleman says, is "a form of love." And I was able to remember, to paraphrase Louis C.K., that no device or screen can match the HD quality of the actual world.
The phrase "digital detox" was added to the Oxford Dictionaries Online in August 2013 along with, interestingly enough, the term FOMO, or the fear of ...
In tune with our digital world there are enough New Year's Resolution apps to ensure that as we fail to keep our self-made promises we can try and try again, leaving behind us a trail of thumbs-downs to mark our passage of trial and tribulation.
Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu -- we all seek the treasure waiting in silence. In silence, we all meet in a common understanding. There is peace. Th...
Self-limiting beliefs have a way of coming up everywhere, even in the workplace; however, they don't have to get the best of us.
The giants of Silicon Valley are challenged, do we really want a world of buttons and information that has left out so much of our heart and human experience?
Between last minute shopping and jam-packed malls, roads and airports, this week delivered plenty of ruffled feathers beyond the Duck Dynasty uproar. One antidote to that holiday stress is a diet -- not abstaining from Christmas cookies but from our digital devices. So, starting tomorrow, I'll be powering mine down for a week, disconnecting from the world so I can more deeply connect with friends and family. It's a great way to recharge your internal batteries and promote reflection on the year gone by. For HuffPost, 2013 was a year in which we went all-in on our efforts to fight burnout and embrace that which we truly value. This included the launch of the Third Metric, a movement devoted to redefining success beyond just power and money to include well-being, wisdom, wonder and giving back. Making a digital diet part of your holiday tradition is a great way to start. So goodbye until next week -- and have a happy unplugged holiday.
The good news? I achieved my goal and stayed offline for the entire time I was on Indian soil. The better news? The benefits of unplugging from the Internet for the first time in almost five years were greater than I could've ever imagined.
The strong response to the photo reflects the nation's ambivalence about our collective obsession with taking pictures of ourselves in order to record every moment of our lives. What ever happened to being present?
With the holidays almost here, Cindi Leive, Mika Brzezinski and I have decided that there is no better time to unplug, recharge and renew ourselves in time for the new year. And what better way to do that than by unplugging and disconnecting from all our devices? Big Data, unfettered information, the ability to be in constant contact and our growing reliance on technology are all conspiring to create a noisy traffic jam between us and our place of insight and peace. So Cindi, Mika and I agreed we needed to go beyond our usual, day-to-day vows to take time away from our devices. We wanted to do something bigger. From Monday, Dec. 23, through Sunday, Dec. 29, we'll be taking time away from TV, social media and email -- and we hope you'll join us.
'How do you manage to remain so cheerful?' people ask. 'Your job can be so stressful, and yet you're always smiling. What's your secret?' It isn't that I was born a perpetually happy camper, or that I've finally found the right meds. (Not that there's anything wrong with that.) It's because I'm a writer.
An enlightened world understands that peace, wellness, wealth, our wholeness all begin inside. A heartful life including meditation is receiving all this and much more. It is time, beginning at an early age, to consciously be learning, growing, enjoying life full of heart intelligence.
Allowing employees to use their time off may result in happy, more productive employees who put forth more discretionary effort. And a final word on one of my personal pet peeves: if someone takes half a day off - don't send them off with a sarcastic comment like "You must've had a rough day today."
Managers often mistakenly think that putting pressure on employees will increase performance. What it does increase is stress -- and research has shown that high levels of stress carry a number of costs to employers and employees alike.
It wasn't until Harvard Business School professor Leslie Perlow approached us with an interesting proposal eight years ago that we really grasped what was driving top talent away -- and began a radical experiment to improve our work-life balance.
Sure, I put away my own cellphone while leading the sessions, but did I really buy into the concept of being off the grid for more than a few hours at a time? Recently, I was put to the test.