Whether you’re juggling your aging parents’ health, a micromanaging boss, or your kids’ busy schedules, much of your everyday stress arises from feeling disorganized or out of control.
But unfortunately, hiring a personal assistant isn’t likely for most of us.
Instead, let’s take a look at the five most common causes of stress and suggest some specific tools and apps that can help you stay on top of all your obligations and create healthy boundaries.
Continue reading How Technology Can Ease 5 Common Causes of Stress
If you’ve ever been concerned about the psychological impact of our society’s increasing obsession with technology, Dr. Larry Rosen has studied it from every angle over the past 30 years.
You might be wondering what there was to study back in the late 1980s! Even then, as computers made their way into homes and workplaces, Rosen began to recognize and study signs of “technophobia.” In fact, his first publication TechnoStress: Coping with Technology @Work @Home @Play was published in 1997.
But with the exponential growth of personal technology like iPhones and social media, fear has been replaced with anxiety and distraction due to our constant connectedness. That’s been the focus of his research over the past decade.
Robert Plotkin had an opportunity to talk with Dr. Rosen on episode 23 of the Technology for Mindfulness podcast about what he’s learned from his years of research and how the fields of neuroscience and psychology can help us engage with technology in a healthy way. Here are three key insights we gleaned from their conversation on the psychology of technology.
Continue reading 3 Key Insights on the Psychology of Technology from Author & Researcher Dr. Larry Rosen
When you read the latest headlines, you’d think technology is the worst thing to happen to couples since… well, ever. After all, it takes our attention away from our partners, right?
Not so fast. It’s not all bad news. Marla Mattenson has a different perspective, and it’s quite empowering. Continue reading 4 Ways Technology Can Improve Your Relationships – A Conversation with Marla Mattenson
Dr. Sherry Walling offers a unique perspective on entrepreneur burnout.
As both an accomplished clinical psychologist and the spouse of a serial tech entrepreneur, she’s combined insights from both roles and developed a much-needed resource called ZenFounder.
On a recent Technology for Mindfulness podcast, our founder Robert Plotkin interviewed Dr. Walling to learn more about her work.
They chatted about entrepreneur stress, how it’s made worse by the frenetic pace of technology, and her recommendations for founders (and their partners).
Continue reading Thriving as an Entrepreneur in the Digital Age – 5 Lessons from Dr. Sherry Walling
For many of us, the holidays are a time when we spend precious connected moments with our loved ones. We may also engage in sacred rituals associated with these holidays.
Regardless of how you celebrate the holidays â€” or even if you don’t celebrate them specifically â€” this may well be one of the few times during the year when you can enjoy the presence of your family and friends in person and celebrate your relationships together. Continue reading Social Media: Taking a Break
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Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram are designed not only to enable but encourage people to provide feedback about content posted by others. This might take the form of a like, a simple thumbs up or down, text, or something more sophisticated like a text or video response.
If youâ€™ve ever posted content online, then you know just how enticing it can be to check how many people have liked what youâ€™ve posted.
Continue reading Positive Affirmations Around Social Media Reactions
A while back, I heard someone say that technology has brought about the end of anticipation. Before the internet, when we went to visit a family member or friend who lived far away from us, we had a lot to talk about and catch up on since the last time saw each other.
Continue reading Finding the Joy in Anticipation Beyond All the Communication
For those of you who are old enough to remember what it was like to attend a meeting before the internet, the only opportunity to speak to that person was at the scheduled appointment.
I remember when I started working as a lawyer and I was going to meet with a client. What would I do? I would prepare!
Continue reading Let’s Start Planning for Meetings as if There’s No Internet
Continue reading How Social Media Has Poisoned Us
This blog post was inspired by an article published by The Guardian on April 9.
While the write-up isn’t strictly focused on technology, that topic is still explored and the content is worth addressing.
We all know that the image people portray of themselves on social media is highly selective and curated. People often post only the information that paints them in a positive light and makes them seem as interesting as possible. As a result, their social media lives don’t always reflect their full reality.
Continue reading Positive, Negative and Neutral Posting on Social Media
Have you ever watched a tennis sequence in which a player serves and the receiver runs in reaction to the serve and then hits the ball back off balance? Throughout the exchange, the server stands firm and is seemingly dictating where and when the receiver moves.Â
Do you ever feel like that with your smartphone? Are you the receiver and is your smartphone the server? Continue reading Responding, Not Reacting to Your Smartphone
A critical part of mindfulness is paying attention to our experience in the present moment.
Continue reading Beyond Noticing: Putting Mindfulness into Action
When you pick up your phone, how often are you using it to actually do what it was first intended for? How often are you actually talking on the phone? And I donâ€™t mean talking via text, or email, or some other form of digital communication. I mean actually talking. Picking up the phone and calling someone.
If youâ€™re like most people today, your answer is probably something like â€œvery rarely.â€
Continue reading The Case For Adding â€œCall Meâ€ Back To Your Vocabulary
Work is a place that we can easily feel stressed and overwhelmed. Maybe you have multiple projects going at the same time or an impossibly short deadline that your boss wants you to meet. Itâ€™s happened to all of us at one point! The key to keeping calm under all this stress? Mindfulness.
When a workplace promotes mindfulness a few changes begin to happen. The entire company culture changes. The workplace begins to attract (and keep) the best employees. And performance within the company improves!
Continue reading How Be Happier & More Productive at Work with Simple Mindfulness Practices
How much time do you spend on your phone each day? I bet itâ€™s probably more than youâ€™d expect! According to a new study, U.S. consumers spend an average of 5 hours per day on their phones. That means that about â…“ of your time awake is spent staring at a phone screen. If you ask me, thatâ€™s a lot of time wasted. And nearly 20% of that time is being spent on Facebookâ€”FOMO, anyone?
Continue reading Track Your Screen Time with Moment
Iâ€™ve talked before about how technology is taking over, about how many times weâ€™re â€œaccidentallyâ€ sucked into our phones. Weâ€™re checking our social media accounts, multiple times a day for no other reason that the fear of missing out (FOMO).
Continue reading Study: Facebook is Might be the Reason Youâ€™re Unhappy
I know Iâ€™ve talked about this so many times before, but let me say it again for those of you that are new to the blog or new to mindfulness: technology is taking over our minds.
Whether we realize it or not itâ€™s happening. And a movement that goes by the name of Time Well Spent it looking that help change that! Fighting back against digital distraction. Asking technology companies to create app designs that â€œempower us and reduce pollution to our attention.â€
Continue reading Is Your Time Well Spent?
We all have had those times when weâ€™re feeling a little crunched for time, we have so much to do, but so little timeâ€¦ but what if someone told you that you could get more done in less time? That would be impossible right? Not according to Cal Newportâ€™s idea of â€œdeep work.â€
Continue reading Increase Your Productivity Every Day with Deep Work
Morning rituals are an important part of many peopleâ€™s daily routines, but have you ever thought about evening rituals? Evening rituals can help to put us in a better, happier place at the end of the day and allow us to have a positive memory of the day.
Continue reading Make Each Evening Worth Remembering
Google Gmail recently finalized its “Undo Send” feature, which enables you to recall an outgoing email up to ten seconds after you hit “Send” on it.Â The feature works by delaying the sending of the email for ten seconds, so that if you hit “Undo Send,” the email will not be sent in the first place.
Continue reading Gmail Offers Anti-Mindlessness Insurance
About twenty years ago, when I was a junior associate at a Boston law firm, a more senior lawyer told me about a lawyer he had known who had practiced law until the 1950s. This lawyer insisted on:
Continue reading Law, Technology, and Mindfulness
This weekend I am attending a legal conference with 10,000 intellectual property attorneys from nearly every country in the world. Â It is a great opportunity to reconnect with colleagues and to begin to form new relationships.
Continue reading Smiling Practice at a Legal Conference
The law firm Weil Gotshal & Manges sent an email to its employees on April 1 stating that electronic messages would not be transmitted by the firm’s servers late at night or be delivered to employees while on vacation. Â Seems like a reasonable and respectful way to counter the constant need for connectivity among professionals, in an effort to reduce stress and improve health and well-being, right?
Continue reading Too Bad Law Firm’s Mindful Email Policy Was Just an April Fool’s Joke