The Weekly Tech Routine that is going Viral.

In this day and age of constant screen time, it is difficult to imagine NOT having a screen close by.

Many of us work on our computers and phones throughout the day, and sometimes into the night without a second thought of how long we have not been in front of a screen.

However, Tiffany Shlain, who started the Webby awards has a weekly routine that is going viral called a Tech Shabbat.

This Tech Shabbat is a break away from screens for 24 hours from Friday night to Saturday night, where Shlain, her husband and two daughters spend time cooking together, eating with friends, and enjoying activities such as sports, music, and family time.

After 10 years of doing this, Shlain said her and her family look forward to it with the same anticipation as going on vacation.

This idea of a Shabbat comes from the Jewish tradition of Shabbat (or Sabbath) of taking one day away to rest and a Tech Shabbat seems like the perfect way to get away from the world and “rest”.

With so much research surfacing about the “side-effects” of technology, this topic could not have come up at better timing. Whether you are looking for a way to control screen time for your kids, or find more time to do what you love, the book “24/6: The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week will radically change how you think about and interact with technology on a daily basis.

How to Take a Tech Break

Plan it out

You have probably heard the saying that, “without a plan people perish”, well in this case it is true as well. With so many distractions and out phone in such short distance, it is important that you plan out your Tech free day ahead of time. Grab out what you need, make sure you have a map if you are going somewhere, and if you only have a cell phone, tell mom you can’t talk on your tech free day. 

Tell your family and friends

If you plan on doing this with your family, you need to explain the importance of it, especially the first few weeks before it is a habit. Talk about the fun things you will do and the activities that are amazing without a piece of technology like hiking or spending time playing a board game. Social will be there tomorrow to tell all your friends who won. 😉

Set-Up Systems that Tell Others

You can always set an autoresponder in your email that tells people about your day off of Tech and let’s them know that you will be away. This was a very important piece in my business because it allowed my clients to know I would not be getting back to them that day and set the expectation that, that time was mine to unplug from the daily computer work.

What Will You Do Differently?

What are the things you would like to be doing more of? Do you find yourself looking up only to realize you wasted a lot of valuable time on something like Social Media?

Take the challenge and try a full day without screens. We are doing it every week now and love it!

Tell me how it goes and what you think of going “24/6

Tell your family and friends
If you plan on doing this with your family, you need to explain the importance of it, especially the first few weeks before it is a habit. Talk about the fun things you will do and the activities that are amazing without a piece of technology like hiking or spending time playing a board game. Social will be there tomorrow to tell all your friends who won. 😉

2 thoughts on “The Weekly Tech Routine that is going Viral.

  1. Some great ideas here, thank you for sharing them. I love tech free days, we go sailing and feel very refreshed after a day or more at sea and no electronics to be taking us away from the moment.

    1. Justine, that is awesome! I love that you are already doing this! It has made a huge difference in our family and I can tell after being at a conference all weekend with no off day the difference today!

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