digital wellness

Hector Hughes – Enjoying The Small Things is More Than Enough – Productivity Article

The founder of Unplugged Retreats on why simplicity is the key to wellbeing during times of stressHave you viewed your screen time stats lately? If you’ve been brave enough to check in on your digital habits in the era of #StayAtHome, it’s probable that (much like the half of humanity on lockdown) your online hours have been soaring. None of us predicted this 6 months ago while making our New Year’s resolutions. Some of us vowed to improve our digital…

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Georgie Powell – The Power of Self-Reflection in Uncertain Times – Productivity Article

A digital wellness entrepreneur on the importance of connecting to ourselves – and our communities – in times of crisisIn the second of our Attention Experts interviews, we talk to Georgie Powell, a former Google executive who co-founded one of the original screen time apps after growing concerned over her own tech habits.She has since gone on to start Sentient Digital, a Responsible Technology and Digital Wellbeing Consultancy that helps organizations to build strategies and products which encourage a better…

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iOS Notifications Can Now Be Ads – Here’s How to Opt Out – Productivity Article

Does checking your phone leave you feeling constantly overwhelmed, stressed, and anxious? Does your to-do list grow with every pick-up?You’re definitely not alone. Constantly responding to buzzes and pings not only takes a toll on focus and energy, but also our emotional and mental health. With each push notification we are asked to redirect our attention to a new alarming headline, respond to a friend, read a seemingly urgent email, or listen to a voicemail from a spam caller –…

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Catherine Price: 3 Things You Can Do Right Now to Reduce Your Stress – Productivity Article

This week’s guest post comes from Catherine Price’s Screen/Life Balance newsletter. An expert on Screen time and attention, as well as author of How to Break Up With Your Phone, Catherine is currently running a #QuarantineChallenge newsletter that includes expert advice and tips on how to handle your stress and time during these uncertain and overwhelming times. You can subscribe below to get her weekly updates.If you’re like most people, you’re probably existing right now in a state that falls…

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Decision Fatigue: The Cost of Distraction – Productivity Article

Netflix exhausts and overwhelms me. I open it up and am confronted with 45 new titles, in addition to the thousands of titles already in their library. I spend 30 minutes scrolling through my options, only to end up watching an episode of The Office that I’ve already seen three times. The problem is not a lack of options, but having too many. Trying to decide between all the titles is too difficult and I end up choosing something familiar. If this over…

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The Miley Family: Finding Screen/Life Balance in Silicon Valley – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, comic book writers, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Usually our spotlights highlight the working habits and practices of professionals…

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Brian Condenanza: Finding Focus with Freedom and the Pomodoro Technique – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, comic book writers, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Brian Condenanza.Brian Condenanza is a Freedom user, Argentinian entrepreneur, and…

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Erin Blakemore: Taming Distraction to Tell Important Stories – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, comic book writers, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Erin Blakemore. Erin Blakemore is a Freedom user, journalist, and…

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Edie Meidav: Finding Creativity in the Absence of Distraction – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, comic book writers, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Edie Meidav.Edie Meidav is a Freedom user, American novelist, and…

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Jennifer Louden: Finding the Focus for Personal Growth – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, comic book writers, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Jennifer Louden.Jennifer Louden is an author, teacher, and personal growth…

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Neen James: Working and Leading in the Age of Distraction – Productivity Article

Do you find it hard to focus? Do you often find yourself frustrated after diving down an internet loophole only to find that hours have passed with nothing to show? You’re not alone. Don’t believe me? Here’s a Google Trends graph showing the number of people searching “can’t focus” and “phone addiction” on Google from 2004 to 2019. Over the last few years, digitization has drastically shaped our world and the way we live. The way we work is no exception.…

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Marcey Rader: Finding Focus to Work Well and Play More – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, comic book writers, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Marcey Rader.Marcey Rader is a best-selling author, sought-after productivity coach, accredited health…

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Time Blocking: A Guide for Consistently Productive Days – Productivity Article

Most people use their calendars reactively, meaning that they put things on their calendars as they come up. Someone wants to grab coffee? On the calendar. The boss calls a meeting? On the calendar. A conference call with the publishing team? On the calendar. The problem with this approach is that it can lead to the day getting very chopped up, which then makes it difficult to get things done which require in-depth thinking. If you’re constantly interrupted by meetings, phone…

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Why Can’t I Focus? 8 Reasons and Solutions for the Distracted Brain – Productivity Article

Focus is priceless in our always hectic, often overwhelming lives. It’s also getting harder and harder to find. Whenever you’re up to your eyeballs on a tight deadline and find yourself wandering off into a social media black hole or a YouTube binge, a single question comes to mind:Why can’t I just focus already?Digital distractions are everywhere we look, so it’s easy to blame them as the culprits. Others—perfectionist types—chock up the problem to a lack of discipline or willpower.…

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Steve Kamb: Finding the Focus to Get Hooked on Real-life Progress – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Steve Kamb.Steve Kamb is an author, fitness coach, and the founder…

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Sali Hughes: Finding the Focus to Write and Report Remotely – Productivity Article

At Freedom, we love our users – not just because they use our product, but because they’re cool – cool people working on cool stuff. Academy Award-nominated screenwriters, bestselling authors, editors, journalists, developers, illustrators, designers, academics, coaches, podcast hosts, explorers, and entrepreneurs – the Freedom community is packed with curious, creative, and passionate go-getters. We love to share their stories, advice, and process because how better to learn about productivity than from the productive?Meet Sali Hughes.Sali Hughes is a journalist, presenter, and broadcaster, specializing in beauty,…

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How Your Phone Is Ruining Your Relationships – Productivity Article

Do you remember the original premise of the iPhone? It was supposed to primarily be an MP3 player and phone in one — a combo iPod and cellphone designed to make it easy to listen to music and make phone calls. But since those early days, the smartphone has evolved into much more than a hybrid music/calling device. It has become a central hub for most of our online activities. We now do hundreds of activities on our phone, from answering…

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How Using a Time Tracker Can Increase Your Productivity – Productivity Article

Productivity is all about proper allocation of your time. It’s about using your time wisely to work on things that matter and spending less time on the things that don’t.  How can you do that without knowing where your time really goes? Enter time trackers: the productivity tool that won’t lie to you. Time trackers provide a log of where your hours are going each day and how much time you spend ‘rewarding yourself’ with a flick through Facebook.  If…

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How to Block YouTube | Freedom Matters – Productivity Article

YouTube is arguably one of the most addictive sites on the internet – and not just because it’s the official home of the internet’s cat videos. Part of YouTube’s mass appeal is that it doesn’t discriminate: there’s a Youtube channel for everything. You can use it to learn to cook, take part in exercise classes, learn from the world’s brightest minds, gossip about people you know (and people you don’t), and ironically, figure out how to be more productive. These…

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