Playformation at Work Tip #5 — SoulTech: Wise & Heart-Led Screen Time

Feeling Brain Drain Lately?

(Below you’ll learn how to get 4 powerful free productivity tools, a free ebook and a loving butt-kick to use technology heart-fully.)

Last day, last tip. A bit sad, but it’s been wonderful to connect with you ladies and I’m really hoping to stay connected with at least a small group of you through the offer I’ll be announcing in a few hours.

So, today’s tip isn’t as exciting as yesterday’s, but I believe it’s crucial if you truly want to add more joy, play and passion-led creativity to your work and life…

‪#‎Playformation‬ Tip #5, SoulTech: Wise & Heart-Led Screen Time
(Past Playformation Tips:

The 2D flatland of screens can be a massive, magical and powerful way to connect (like here!), learn and get creative meaningful plerk (play, learn work) done…but let’s be honest, it can also be a massive brain drain, time suck and soul killer.

My master’s thesis looked at this issue (looong, though fun, story for another time) and I strongly believe that this issue is only going to continue to become more and more problematic — bodies getting overweight and weaker, real-time relational skills lost, continued numbing of emotions and a temptation to escape from full 4D reality (along with many wonderful new powers, of course.)

So, on that note, here are a few things that can help in your developing a more sustainable, soulful relationship to technology.

1. Plan some schedule screen breaks — whether it’s an hour or a few a day, micro breaks (see apps below) and/or a full ‘digital sabaath’ a week.

2. Reflect on and talk about your relationship to technologies — particularly screen based technologies — with family and friends.

I wrote a free e-workbook called “SoulTech, Visionary Living: Seven steps towards aligning your tech habits with your life’s vision” that was based on the workshops I faciliated that were featured on NBC’s Today Show & PBS. Ask me for a copy of it and another cool ebook called “the Improvisational Organization” in the “tell us about your needs” section here: http://bit.ly/contact-leif

3. Ironically, use technologies like the following apps to become more conscious and focused with your technology use. Sorry for the Mac OSX bias, but I’m guessing there are Windows equivalents.

Freedom (http://Freedom.to)
Create a schedule that cuts off your access to the internet during the times you select — across all devices!

***Time Out ( http://www.dejal.com/timeout/) Mac only.
Scheduled breaks where your computer blanks and reminds you to stretch or whatever reminder you give it — very configurable to your needs.

Vitamin-R (http://www.publicspace.net/Vitamin-R/)
An app that asks you for your current goal/focus, hides the other apps, then sets a timer that periodically checks if you are still on task. Trials available for OSX and iphone )

Set Your “Hot Corners” to “Blank Screen” — to quickly and easily flick your mouse to turn off the screen. Stand up and stretch. I have a Mac, but I’m sure there’s a similar option or app for Windows.

BONUS TIP:
You might not like this, but it works big time: Only use Facebook on your Desktop. Take Facebook app off your iphone and block the site in Settings/General/Restrictions/Website/Limit Adult Content (Silly label)/”Add a Website” and then add Facebook.com (Thank me later.)

Blessings on growing a heart-led, healthy, thriving relationship with technology. Let me know if I can help and we’ll see you on Periscope at 8:30a PST.

Here is the Periscope follow-up video and below are past #playformation tips.

Past #Playformation & Work Tips:

Playfully Bust Open Your Boxes (Work/Play Duality)

Reconnect your personal passions & your work passions

How to Bring in the Bling to Your Workspace!

Spontaneous & Planned Play Times

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