Our topic for March, 2019 is “Always On” (always connected, that is, rather than always projecting a persona when interacting). What is that balance of technology connect and disconnect, given technology has become increasingly central to our livelihoods? Is a balance even possible? A few years ago I thought about that long and hard, as I chose this to be the theme of a 3-day individual silent retreat I took here at the Genesis Spiritual Life & Retreat Center in Westfield, MA. For what it’s worth, this is the list I came up with before I plunged back with both feet into the technology vortex:
Turn phone off at night.
Have single email notification stream – see if easier to read all accounts combined or separately.
Remove email widget from phone.
Start work emails no earlier than 8:30, ideally 9am?
Turn phone off during Spiritus (i.e., contemplative) time
Take all email/calendar/google off tablet – just have entertainment/spiritual apps.
Manually schedule spiritus and high tea – make sure there’s always a block reserved even if move a day or hour.
Address emails in blocks of time (really hard to do, I know).
Have no notifications on laptop if possible, check email in blocks -> follow this with break to start new task with clear head.
Here’s this month’s starter list below. Lots of fascinating areas to explore …
- Book: Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked – Adam Alter
- Book: The Shallows: What the Internet is doing to our brains – Nicholas Carr
- Book: The New Analog: Listening and Reconnecting in a Digital World – Damon Krukowski
- Book: The End of Absence: Reclaiming What We’ve Lost in a World of Constant Connection – by Michael Harris
- Book: Technology Overload: Conquering Internet Addiction for a Happy, Balanced, and More Purposeful Life – Novella Walker
- Book: The Revenge of Analog: Real things and why they matter – David Sax
- Article: Facebook: Where Friendships Go to Never Quite Die – The Atlantic
- Article: Arianna Huffington on the next big thing in tech: Disconnecting from it – CNBC
- Article: Psychology of Technology: Disconnectivity Anxiety – Mobility Digest
- Article: The Danger of Being Too Connected – Thrive Global
- Article: Why It’s Time To Think About Tech-Life Balance – Forbes
- Many Posts, Podcasts, Videos (if you’re still hungry for information): Special Series: Unplugging From Technology 2018 – MediaShift