Personal Tech for Women: 5 Things to Know About Being More Screen-Free
Monday, June 22, 2015
1. Screen-Free Week
You may have missed the official international “Screen-Free Week” that happens annually in May. It’s an occasion when families, schools, and communities turn off digital entertainment and get back to the joys of the reality that happens outside the edges of the screen. For one whole week, TV, video games, apps and the web are replaced by books, board games, crafts and outdoor activities. But come on, who says we need to do this only in May? Try having a screen-free week any time it suits you or your family. Challenge yourself and make it longer, or try ditching not only screen-centric entertainment, but also laptops and smartphones too… of course, only if work allows it. Think about planning a screen-free week around a holiday – because if you’re already taking time off of work, then take time off from your devices too.
2. Look Up
It might sound contradictory to mention an app when trying to help one spend less time on screens, but this little bugger is promising to help you do just that. The Mac app Look Up is aiming to help you feel less robotic by reminding you to look away from your screen. It uses the 20-20-20 rule: every 20 minutes, for 20 seconds, look up from your screen and focus your gaze about 20 feet away. This mini-break is supposed to help with eyestrain, which can make even the freshest of faces look exhausted. On the 20-minute mark, a notification appears in your screen – you have the option of taking the break or dismissing it. Look Up also allows you to set small goals to accomplish by your next break. Simply type in a goal, and if you’ve completed it by the next 20 minutes, you can click the “I did it” button and set a new task. If might feel a bit like racing yourself, but if you’ve got a case of “the wandering mind” this might help you stay on track.
3. Decreasing smart phone time
Smartphones are addictive, says new research from the University of Derby, in the UK. The study shows how overusing a smartphone can impact one’s psychological well-being. And according to its numbers, the average user spent 3.6 hours per day on his or her smartphone, with 13% of participants classified as being addicted. Higher scores of narcissism were also linked to smartphone addiction. So to combat this, try the following: turn off your notifications, time your own smartphone use with an app (the results might scare you into using it less), don’t use your phone as an alarm clock, and give yourself daily breaks by putting your phone on Airplane Mode or out of reach – and hopefully out of mind.
4. Rescue Time
Okay, another app. But this one is not used for a short-term fix, like a quickie screen break. Rescue Time allows for a long-term break by showing you exactly how you use your time. As a desktop or smartphone app, it tracks the time you spend on applications and websites and gives you an accurate picture of your day; for instance, how much time was spent on email, on Skype calls, or taking sneaky Facebook breaks. This app is geared towards those who are computer-bound for work – and given the statistic at the top of this article – that’s a fair amount of us. It’s particularly great for freelancers too, whose “work hours” might be slightly blurry. By having that data, you’ll know exactly how, and where, you’re wasting your time. So streamline your workflow (like logging out of your personal email) and spend more time away from the screen.
5. Just turn it off
You can try an app like Self Control that lets you blacklist time-wasting websites, or a plug-in like LeechBlock which blocks sites during designated times of the day. Or just harness the willpower and turn off your computer when you’re not using it. If you’re busy going offline tasks, then power down the online device. It’ll stop you from getting distracting and rushing back to the screen because you need to know what day Christmas falls on – because you need to know now! No, you don’t. Take daily breaks from your screen too. When you grab a bite to eat, or when you need to do a squat or a yoga stretch for five minutes, turn it off. Take a walk during your break and leave your phone at home. And when you’re out for the night, turn off your phone when it’s in your purse or pocket. All the info, updates and notifications you need will still be there, later.
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The founder and Creative Director of Alex and Ani, Rafaelian started the company in 2004 to produce jewelry to “adorn the body, enlighten the mind, and empower the spirit.”
Prior to founding Alex and Ani, Rafaelian produced designs for and co-owned Cinerama, her father’s jewelry manufacturing company. Now, in addition to Alex and Ani, Rafaelian owns Carolyn’s Sakonnet Vineyard, and the café franchise Teas and Javas. Rafaelian received the 2012 Rhode Island Small Businessperson of the Year Award as well as Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award in the products category for New England.
Merchant is the CEO and President of Hope Global, an engineered textile solutions company centered in Cumberland with plants and sales offices all over the world.
Merchant began her career as a production supervisor at General Motors, then worked at Mazda, Ford Motor Company, and Lear Corporation, and managed manufacturing plants in Mexico, Canada, Poland, England, and America.
In addition to her work with Hope Global, Merchant is an active member of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, the Rhode Island Commodores, and the Governor’s Economic Development Council, and is a trustee of Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.
Snead is the CEO of Banneker Industries, Inc., a supply chain management company in North Smithfield that has performed e-procurement, assembly, packaging, inventory management, warehousing and distribution services since its founding in 1991.
Snead has served as state delegate on the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Advisory Council and received the 2009 New England Businesswoman of the Year Award and Women Business Enterprise National Council Star Award, among numerous others in year prior. She now serves on the Board of Directors of AMICA Insurance Company and is a member of the Rhode Island Commodores.
Zimmerman is the CEO and Chairman of the Board for FarSounder Inc., a Warwick based company specializing in sonar technology and born of Zimmerman’s achievement in the 2002 Rhode Island Business Plan Competition.
Since its inception, the company’s sales have grown exponentially and it has expanded to different markets within the nautical navigation industry.
Previously, Zimmerman has run numerous other businesses including a company for wholesale book selling and one for engineering services.
The nineteenth President of Brown University, Paxson had previously served as Dean of Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and Chair of its economics department, as well as Director and founder of an NIA Center for the Economics and Demography of Aging.
Paxson is an expert in public health, having conducted research on childhood health, AIDS in Africa, and Hurricane Katrina, among other topics.
White, the President of the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, previously served as its Senior Vice President, and an executive counselor to the Governor in policy and communications. She is dedicated to strengthening the business community in Providence with focus on employment and retaining young, talented professionals to work in the state.
Dr. Carriuolo is the ninth President of Rhode Island College. She has previously served as the Director of the Office of School/College Relations at NEASC and the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences the University of New Haven.
She has written over thirty publications, featured in, among others, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Education Week. In 2009, she was named a CLADEA fellow, and she has served on the boards of many organizations, including the Journal of Developmental Education and New England Dollars for Scholars.
Lapides is the co-founder, President, and CEO of Rhode Island real estate firm Residential Properties.
Lapides has been quoted in many local and national publications as a real estate specialist. During her career, Lapides has served on the boards at the RISD Museum, Roger Williams University, Smith Hill Center, and Trinity Repertory Company, among others -- and as Chair of the Board of the Rhode Island Foundation’s Equity Action Campaign Committee, helped raise a million dollars for the Fund for the LGBT community.
Pattie, the CEO and President of BankNewport and OceanPoint Financial Partners, MHC, began her career with the bank in 1984 as a consumer loan officer, rising through ranks and across different areas of expertise.
Pattie is a board member of the United Way of Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Bankers Association as well as a trustee of the Community College of Rhode Island. She is also a certified financial planner and a member of the Board of Governors for Newport Hospital.
Coxe is the Executive Director and CEO of the Preservation Society of Newport County. Before holding this position, Coxe served as the Massachusetts Secretary of Environmental Affairs, Executive Director of Rhode Island’s Save the Bay, and Director of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management in the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Coxe has received numerous awards for her business success, including the 2011 Business Women Award for Overall Career Achievement from the Providence Business News. She also does extensive volunteer work, including sitting on the boards of Grow Smart Rhode Island and the Rhode Island Commodores. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Conservation Law Foundation and the Alumni Board of the Wheeler School.
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