Take a Technology Timeout Today

Every day I walk down the street and coming toward me are people looking down at their smartphones and so focused that they would not notice the person coming at them and trusting that everyone else is paying attention and won’t bump into them. They miss out on what’s going on above, below and around them. I ride the transit system and people are plugged into their iPods or MP3 players listening to music so loud that not only do other riders hear it, these folks often miss their stop and end up walking a considerable distance to their destination. It’s quite a challenge to get their attention and to get them to move aside so that I can disembark at my stop. I overhear conversations in a number of different languages and recognize that people are unaware that they share enough personal information to have someone easily steal their identity and use their credit card with abandon. They generously share the intimate details of their lives certain that no one is listening when they really have a bored and captive audience. I enter a coffee shop and find every one is in their own zone staring fixedly at their laptop, tablet or e-reader and never looking up to see who surrounds them. I frequently see two people across from each other at a table engaged more in conversation with their smartphones than with the human being across from them.

What if you set aside an hour and took a “technology timeout” today? You could leave your phone in your office and spend your lunch hour taking a walk in the sunshine and enjoying the scenery; you could decide that you will not check your phone for a transition hour between leaving work and coming home or you could turn off all technology and set aside an hour before bedtime to let go of your busy day by reading a book, writing in a journal or creating a gratitude and accomplishment list for today and a to do list for tomorrow.  

If you can successfully take a technology timeout today then do it again tomorrow and the next day until it becomes something that you look forward to doing every day.

Please e-mail me at themotivator@hotmail.ca and let me know about your experience taking a technology timeout today.

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About The Motivator Minute

The Motivator Minute is written by "The Motivator" who for the past 17 years has been a motivational and leadership coach for business, life and career. She offers her international clientele a creative approach to coaching, training and promoting. Her greatest strength is that she gives her clients her energy, enthusiasm, knowledge, experience, a commitment to their success and an abundance of creative ideas. She is a coach, leader, facilitator and motivational speaker who supports, encourages and motivates individuals to make positive and lasting changes in their personal and professional lives. She specializes in working with entrepreneurs who want to achieve greater success through increased business and personal visibility and credibility; with individuals who are experiencing career and life transitions and with an organization’s leaders so that they can do and be their best on the job and in their lives. Please note that all material on this blog is original and copyright protected. Copyright 2011 The Motivator All rights reserved.
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