A good meeting can energize people, refocus a team, and strengthen interpersonal connections. A bad meeting can suck the energy out of a room and leave everyone feeling frustrated and exhausted. No wonder that corporate meetings are the bane of office workers and are an endless source of humor for comedians and sitcom writers.
Continue reading A Technological Trick for Avoiding Mindless Meetings
The workaholics among us (I can count myself in that group too much of the time) often feel that taking a break is a sign of weakness, or at least will reduce our productivity. In reality, and perhaps counter intuitively, taking breaks can help you to rejuvenate and regain your focus, and thereby increase your overall effectiveness and productivity, whether the work you are doing is physical, mental, or a combination of both.
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Although we’d all like to have such a high degree of self-control that we don’t need any external aids to keep ourselves focused and present when using technology, in practice we can all use a little help. There are a variety of apps you can use to resist technological temptation by making it impossible (or at least very difficult) to succumb to that temptation. Some good examples are:
Continue reading Protecting Yourself Against Yourself: Blocking Apps for Focus
I can’t count how many times I have heard the following responses to a complaint about how technology can distract us:
- “You can’t turn back the clock.”
- “If you find it distracting, just turn it off.”
- “It’s the price we pay for the benefits of technology.”
Continue reading Technological Distractions are a Bug, Not a Feature
The term “augmented reality” refers to technologies — like Pokemon Go — that superimpose characters and other objects on images of the real world.
But does “augmented reality” necessarily augment reality? The term “augment” connotes an improvement, not just an addition. Just consider that in the last few weeks Pokemon Go has been reported to:
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I just attended a session at Wisdom 2.0 called, “Wisdom Films for the Modern Age.” We may not think about film as a form of technology anymore because we are so familiar with it, but film and the various mechanisms for distributing it are technologies that act as amplifiers.
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This morning I attended a session at Wisdom 2.0 entitled, “The Future of Transformation: How Can Technology Assist Awakening Wisdom?” Here’s some highlights.
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One of my favorite mindful technology tools is Calm.com, a website (and also an iOS and Android app) that provides calming sounds and guided meditations. Although I’ll focus on the home page below, the apps work similarly.
Continue reading Calm.com: Take a Break and Meditate
New Year’s resolutions are about as popular as they are unsuccessful. Why does resolving to lose 15 pounds, get a better job, or save more for retirement so often fail?
Continue reading Setting a New Year’s Intention
We have an exciting update to share. I am applying to appear on “The People’s Stage” at the upcoming Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco this February. Check out my one-minute video contest entry.
There are about 100 entrants, but only four will be selected to appear on stage. Help me become one of them by casting your vote!
Continue reading Time to Vote for Technology For Mindfulness on the Wisdom 2.0 “People’s Stage”