Thursday, December 21st, 2017

The Life-Changing Benefits of Unplugging

“Setting aside protected time each day for direct interaction with people—or for solitude and meditation without the interruption of a Facebook feed or a stream of texts—instinctively feels like a good thing.”
~ John Swartzberg, M.D.

“We’re suffering a sleep crisis,” warns Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post and author of The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life One Night at a Time. The chronic need to be “plugged in” is hurting our health, productivity, relationships, and happiness.
Are you suffering from information overwhelm? Are you permanently attached to your device? Does the thought of unplugging send your anxiety spiraling? What if you miss something? What if….what if…

What if you shut it all down and stepped away for a day, a week, a month or more? Consider taking time out to unplug, take a step back, forget about what is expected, forget about what you may be missing, and think about you may be gaining.

Like any addiction, unplugging can be a struggle at first, but the benefits are worth it. Besides the main benefit of being able to enjoy much more hassle-free, uninterrupted time, here are seven other wonderful and lesser-known upsides you’ll notice from making the decision to unplug regularly:

Increased awareness. When was the last time you were fully aware of the beauty that surrounds you? When you unplug you blitz major distractions. You begin to notice small details in people, things, and places that you never really noticed before.

Clarity. Unplugging reduced brain overload. Technological over stimulation overwhelms your mind, reducing your cognitive reasoning skills.

Improved memory retention and mood. Even just detoxing from technology for a day once a week is enough to give your brain a reboot, which can improve your memory and lift your mood.

More brain power. Spending less time being a slave to technological stimulation, provides more time to focus on doing activities that can grow your brain cells—such as indulging in an enjoyable hobby, learning a new skill, visiting a new place, having new experiences, going for a relaxing walk.

Enhanced relationships. Disconnecting from your perpetual tether to iPhones and laptops can do all kinds of great things for your real-world connections with families and friends.This is a no-brainer, but one so many people seem to miss. Putting your device away and giving the people you are with, rather than your device, your undivided attention tells people they’re important to you.

Enhanced productivity. Do you really need constant access to your social notifications, Facebook updates, your email inbox, a bunch of tabs open in your web browser and all sorts of other things to feel in touch and in control? Accumulating interruptions steals peace of mind and minimises your ability to get things done. Any time you’re interrupted from a work-related task by something from your phone or computer, it can take as long as 45 minutes for your brain to refocus.

Mindfulness. When something interesting starts happening, what’s your first reaction? Do you whip out your phone, start snapping photos and begin sharing on social media? Or do you savor the moment and delight in being in the moment? When you unplug, you force yourself to be more present.

“A natural side effect of unplugging is that you stop missing out on what you should be enjoying for yourself, rather than trying to tell everyone on social media about it,” says author Elise Moreau.

Are screens the problem or a symptom?

“It’s become part of our culture to think that being too plugged in’ and too dependent on our devices is the root of our problems, rather than a manifestation of other problems,” says John Swartzberg, M.D.

“Is constantly checking your phone during dinner with your family causing you to be less close to them? Or are you constantly checking your phone because it’s a convenient way to avoid conversations? Are you anxious and having trouble sleeping because you’re spending too much time online? Or are you spending lots of time online to try to tune out your anxiety?” Swartzberg asks.

None of this is to say that Swartzberg thinks it’s a good thing that so many of us are so constantly connected to our devices. “If we spend too much time staring at a screen, the life that is happening right in front of us—our kids’ childhoods, conversations with our partners, work that we can do to help make the world better—may just pass us by.”

Call to Action

Get to the heart of why you’re spending so much time connected to technology. Isolate the benefits and issues, and then make a call whether you need to schedule the time to unplug.
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This is an edited extract from Stress Less. Love Life More: How to Stop Worrying, Reduce Anxiety, Eliminate Negative Thinking and Find Happiness

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Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

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The Learn Scrivener Fast program is the most comprehensive and easy-to-use guide to Scrivener, with short, actionable videos that will help you write more efficiently as well as publish more easily. There are tips and tricks for the newbie and the more experienced, I’m learning so much and I’ve been using Scrivener for years.” Joanna Penn, J.F.Penn, NY Times & USA Today Bestselling Author.

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One of the fabulous women I’ve trained to become a life coach wrote to me recently: “I have a question which I’m hoping you can help me with?  Once my site is live, my next project will be to develop an offer of a free 6 or 8 page guide for visitors to my site who would like sign up for my newsletter.  I haven’t worked out what the topic of the guide will be yet, but it’ll be along the lines of ’10 simple ways to break free and get the control back in your life’ … or something like that. I know I can use Word to create my guide in but I thought I’d check in with you to ask whether you’d recommend any professional software for writing that you use that would be great for me to start learning to use… particularly as I’d like to write ebooks/books a bit later down the track?”

People often ask me how I capture and organise ideas and what software and tools I use for writing. Like Leonardo da Vinci I never go anywhere without a notebook and pen. But when it comes to collating my ideas and publishing my blogs, articles, and books I’m a huge fan of the software programme Scrivener. But it wasn’t always this way. I’d heard others rave about it, downloaded it from (at the time of writing it sells from $45 USD) and then tried to each myself how to use it. Madness! It’s a clever tool, but a complex one – unless you learn from a pro!

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Check out the list of savvy folk who use this tool and have taken Joseph’s tutorials here  and decide for yourself. Find out why it beats organising your thoughts in Word hands down.

Seven things I love about using Scrivener

1.I can organise all my thoughts, drag and drop files and folder to move around and reorder my drafts into a coherent whole

2.It’s visual. I can colour code, add images and more

3.Research is a breeze – you can easily save and retrieve blog links and other research tools

4.Publishing an eBook is a dream with Scrivener’s instant converter and complier

5.I can edit half-finished articles, blogs, and books without losing revisions

6.My work of heart is not going to die because my chapters, comments, and edits are all over the place! Nor do I have to worry about word crashing and losing everything!

7.My productivity has soared!

I’ve written and published four #1 best-selling books in four months – that’s a book a month. Without Scrivener I would have been lost. Plus I’ve saved money not having to pay other experts to compile on my behalf. I love saving money, and I love maintaining control. Right now I’m importing my incomplete manuscript for my first art-related historical novel into Scrivener. I feel less overwhelmed now that I can see everything in one easy to retrieve place rather than buried in a cumbersome word document.

Seven things I love about training with Joseph and his ‘Learn Scrivener Fast!’ tutorials

1.I am a very visual learner. The bite-sized clips with the “click-by-click” explanations he shows are perfect! It’s like having an expert Scrivener coach sitting right next to you, showing you exactly what to do to solve issues and frustrations you may come across

2.His teaching style is just what I needed. I can watch his instructional video, then go to my Scrivener programme, apply what I learned, then go back to the videos and learn more. Fantastic!

3.Joseph has a background in teaching, and he has a passion of helping people learn complex things quickly. The 12 easy-to-follow step-by-step modules are beautifully organised Into 5 logical sections

4.His tutorials have made learning Scrivener easy and fun! There are advanced tips for those who want to get more from Scrivener

5.Easy-to-understand coaching modules are available online in both text and video.

6.Learn Scrivener Fast! has enabled me to write and publish faster – which helps me earn my living from writing

7.My productivity and writing income has soared!

And those are just a few of the things I love! One of the other great things is that this course is not expensive. There’s three levels of pricing to suit most budgets. I signed up for the Ninja programme with all the extras, including the Scrivener Private Facebook Group Community – at only $297 (USD) its paid for itself over and over. Plus it’s a tax deductible expense.

Working smarter not harder!

Scrivener is great for compiling a box set. Here’s what I did to create my latest book, a three book bundle-box setbox set of my popular #1 Amazon bestsellers Mid-Life Career Rescue, I:

  1. Saved the last book in the series as a new book – giving it the new title. I used the last book in the series as my basis as I was confident the content was the most recent and updated
  2. Created three new folders (one for each of the books)
  3. Dragged the contents of my last book into one of the folders
  4. Dragged the published files for the  second and third book into the remaining second and third folder
  5. Deleted repetition, i.e. Copyright, acknowledgements, dedications etc
  6. Created new artwork for the box set
  7. Created a new description for Amazon – copying the best content from each of the individual book descriptions
  8. And voila – my three book bundle was live on Amazon in minutes!

Mid-Life Career Rescue -Three Book Bundle-Box Set (Books 1-3): The Call For Change, What Makes You Happy, Employ Yourself


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