9 Ways to Disconnect From Your Technology (and Get More Done).


Technology is driving our lives. We have the power to Skype with relatives across the country or world, email colleagues and clients at 11 o’clock at night, and log onto our office computers over the weekend to get a leg up on Monday. A recent study said the average smartphone user checks their device about six times an hour. Small wonder so many people these days are feeling distracted and overwhelmed!  If this is you, then you need to think about taking a break.


Here are 9 simple steps you can take to disconnect from your technology, even if for just a little while:


  1. 1.     Turn it off. Whether overnight or on a day each weekend, turn off technology and feel the peace of disconnecting from the connected world.
  2. 2.     “No Tech Night.” Get your family involved. Turn off the TV. No iPhones or tablets. No work to catch up. Read a book. Play a board game. Or even just talk with each other!
  3. 3.     No E-mails First Thing In The AM. Focus on YOUR biggest task first before you dive into everyone else’s agenda.
  4. 4.     Social Media 1x Per Day Only. Set a certain time each and every day to check social media and then stay off the rest of the day.
  5. 5.     Read Actual Printed Materials. Books, magazines, a real newspaper or my monthly newsletter!
  6. 6.     Don’t Sleep Next To Your Phone. Leave it in the other room. You’ll sleep easier.
  7. 7.     Get Outdoors. Simple, but effective.
  8. 8.     No Cellphones During Dinner! Enjoy your food and the company around you.
  9. 9.     Set Your “Work Hours” And Stick With Them. You’re not expected to work every hour of the day. Take your life back and just live a little.



Bob Milliken is the president of Cascadia Systems Group.

We take care of your IT so you can take care of your business.

Reach Bob at bob@cascadiasystemsgroup.com