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by Jay Reeves |

Could You Pass the Unplugging Challenge?

Want to start 2015 on a positive and productive note?Unplug challange

Unplug all your electronic devices and leave them off for a day – or better yet, a week.

That advice comes from Arianna Huffington, the founder of HuffingtonPost and an advocate for healthier professional and personal lives.

A few years ago, Huffington launched a one-month Sleep Challenge. The project – sparked by medical evidence showing the importance of sleep and the detrimental effects of getting too little of it – encouraged working women to make whatever changes were required to get a good night’s rest.

The result: lives were improved all over the world. Thousands of people posted online accounts of how making sleep a priority had worked miracles at home and at work.

Unplug and Unwind

Huffington has now turned her attention to the problem of 24/7 connectivity.

“The siren call (or siren ringtone?) of constant connectivity isn't just afflicting those of us working in the 24/7 world of media,” she writes. “Big Data, unfettered information, the ability to be in constant contact and our growing reliance on technology are all conspiring to create a noisy traffic jam between us and our place of insight and peace. Call it an iParadox: our smartphones are actually blocking our path to wisdom.”

A key point: information is not the same as insight.

“[P]eople have a pathological relationship with their devices,” says Kelly McGonigal, a Stanford psychologist. “People feel not just addicted, but trapped.”

And the trap is set early. Huffington cites one study that showed 72 percent of children under the age of eight – and 38 percent of children two years old or younger – have already started using mobile devices.

Are you addicted to screens? Are TVs, tablets and telephones consuming your time and blocking your well-being and creativity? Are you getting more done but enjoying it less?

Maybe it’s time to unplug.

I recently went to a live music event where some people nearby spent most of the evening snapping pictures and texting friends. I suppose they will have digital proof that they were actually there. But in one sense, they weren’t really present at all.

Jay Reeves a/k/a The Risk Man is an attorney licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina. Formerly he was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. Contact, phone 919-619-2441.

Source: HuffingtonPost

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Jay Reeves

Jay Reeves practiced law in North Carolina and South Carolina. He was Legal Editor at Lawyers Weekly and Risk Manager at Lawyers Mutual. He is the author of The Most Powerful Attorney in the World, a collection of short stories from a law life well-lived, which as the seasons pass becomes less about law and liability and more about loss, love, longing, laughter and life's lasting luminescence.

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