What We Can Learn From How Ashton Kutcher And 5 Other Celebrities Unplug

Lessons from people who are constantly in demand.

Celebrities, they’re just like us! And by that we mean constantly trying to set healthier boundaries with technology. Here’s what 6 screen-savvy celebrities told Thrive Global about how they unplug.

Priyanka Chopra

On how she deals with email:

“I’m old-school… If you need me, call me. Why is everyone always emailing?! Ok, I sound old. I tackle them usually in between shots while filming and in order of priority… but I would be lying if I told you that my unread email count is at 0. It’s at 25,000. Sorry! Call me.”

Ashton Kutcher

On whether his phone sleeps with him:

“I don’t bring it into my bedroom. And don’t look at it until I have set my goals for the day.”

On how he deals with email:

“Email is everyone else’s to-do list for you. I always focus on my outgoing before I review my inbox. I schedule an hour in the morning after I exact my initiative and an hour in the evening to close shop.”

Maria Menounos

On the first thing she does when she gets out of bed:

“I used to check my emails, but I stopped that and I’m soooo much happier everyday. I prime for 10 minutes with Tony Robbins’s priming technique, think of 3 things I’m grateful for and 3 goals I’m working towards.”

On whether her phone sleeps with her:

“It’s on my nightstand next to me charging. But I HATE my phone. I want to figure out a way to remove it from my life. I’m trying to set new boundaries with myself and others. My New Year’s resolution was no phone on Sundays. Unless I’m traveling, you won’t see me on it.”

Gillian Anderson

On whether her phone sleeps with her:

“No, but it’s not far away. I don’t do social media on it which makes a big difference to the quality of my time and therefore the quality of my life.”

Bill Maher

On whether his phone sleeps with him:

“Fuck no. Not even in the same room. Not even turned on at all hours of the day, and never at night. And my life got better when I learned to say to people who want a picture, ‘Sorry, I don’t do that — handshake? Eye contact? I’m trying to bring back human contact.’ Most actually appreciate that.”

Miranda Kerr

On whether her phone sleeps with her:

“In the evening I turn it on airplane mode and play rain sounds.”