From the beginning of smartphones and apps we’ve learned the digital doctrine of ABC’s (Always Be Connected.) Now with the help of social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – we’re obsessed with starring at our phones 50, 100 and even up to 300 times a day. Many people choose to dedicate the beginning of the year to fresh new year’s resolutions for fitness, finances and even digital health and wellness. I personally decided to refresh by going on a much needed digital detox.
There are plenty of benefits & a few setbacks that a digital detox can bring in your life – discover the five stages of a digital detox and how starting healthier digital habits can leave your refreshed and connectedly balanced for the new year below.
Preparing for a break from digital devices and social media takes determination and having a complete goal in mind. Whether it’s spending time working on interpersonal relationships or just taking a break from feeding the social media beast preparing for your digital detox takes time.
Benefits – Whether going on a digital diet and minimizing your time on your smartphone, tablet or other electronics or slowing up your social media intake on Facebook or Instagram, taking the right approach on how far to take your digital detox will only work out if you determine what you want to get out of your detox in the long run.
You’re bound to get anxious once you determine to take the leap into a detox like this but remember though this confrontation can be difficult at first, the pay off is significant. Many detoxers find a real world connectedness that enriches and enhances our lives in a way no Wi-Fi connection can.
Benefits – Some of the changes you should anticipate after a digital detox are more balanced and calmer calmer feeling in your life due to periodically stopping the continual digital exposure throughout your day. You’ll feel more rested, more aware, more present, more productive and less overwhelmed and stressed out. You’ll also feel more connected to your work, love relationships, family, friends and yourself.
After taking the leap and going through with your digital detox, to your relief you’ll find that it’s actually easier than you thought it would be. After all, you’ve lived a life before gadgets and social media so surely you’ll be able to conquer what life is like without it.
Benefits: You can be so preoccupied with your digital devices that it’s all too easy to inadvertently sacrifice time, relationships, sleep, focus, productivity and balance in your life. Many people are not even aware of the toll their extensive usage of digital devices costs them until they have suffered a loss or upset because of this. The relief you’ll experience during the digital detoxification process is just the beginning to a life of balance and how happy you’re truly feel once you complete your challenge.
Once you reach a level of contentment with your digital detox, you’ll find yourself breathing a sigh of relief and coming to terms with just how dependent you were on “likes”, “shares”, “comments” and “checkins”. The digital age has changed the levels of transparency that we expect from ourselves and others. Keep it real with yourself about your addiction and what you’d like to gain from your detox and instantly feel the weight of the world wide web off your shoulders and the freedom to live your life the way you want to live.
Benefits: There’s a saying “The first step in solving a problem is to recognize that it does exist.” (-Zig Ziglar) The moment you become transparent with yourself, you’re able to recognize what areas in life that you’d like to improve. When you have a digital detox you feel more rested and less stressed. Who wouldn’t want to feel less stressed?
Reaching the final stage of your digital detoxification is where you begin to feel all the benefits in a euphoric way. You’ll begin to feel more rested, more aware, more present, more productive and less overwhelmed and stressed out. You’ll also feel more connected to work, love relationships, family, friends and to yourself. This time of self awareness will empower you to rebel against the norm of social media use and will make you feel like a maverick and true trendsetter of creating a balanced life.
Benefits: Creating a life lived on your terms will empower you to own your happiness and create long-term, meaningful connections with coworkers, friends, family and more. The biggest benefit of them all, you’ll live a happier and healthier life!
After completing my digital detox for the month of January, I feel more relaxed and have a new perspective on how I use social media. After all, isn’t social media supposed to be used to facilitate connections? If FOMO (fear of missing out) is a little too strong in your life, maybe a digital detox is just what you need to jumpstart your new year.
Have you tried a digital detox yet? What was the biggest benefit for you?
Smartphone, tablet, laptop, desktop, GPS device – are you drowning in digital clutter? If so, you’re not alone. Americans spend more than 43 hours per week on a variety of devices, and nearly half (47 percent) have one or more devices they no longer use at all, a survey by Intel discovered. Spring is a great time to add “cutting digital clutter” to your list of seasonal tasks.
Decluttering your digital life doesn’t mean you have to give up your technology, throw devices away or spend a bundle on replacements. Here are three easy ways to spring clean your digital life this year:
1. Choose more flexible devices.
Technology keeps getting more impressive every year and keeping pace is essential in both the personal and professional realms. Beyond only going for this year’s hottest new tech, look for devices that do more. Tablets, 2 in 1 devices and portable all-in-ones pack versatility and power into a single compact device. Here are three great options of new devices that are powered by Intel:
* Dell Venue 8 7000 Series – The thinnest tablet in the world, this innovative tablet features Intel RealSense Snapshot technology, which allows you to measure, gauge depth, refocus images and bring photos to life with the touch of a finger. An Intel Atom processor gives the tablet lightning-fast performance, and an edge-to-edge infinity display creates an immersive experience for users.
* Lenovo Yoga 3 Pro – Lightweight, ultra-portable and fanless, this 2 in 1 device features the newest Intel Core M processor to better serve your entertainment and productivity needs. A 360-degree hinge allows for different modes, including laptop, tablet, stand and tent, and it has a long-lasting battery to ensure busy users can stay productive while on the go.
* Dell Inspiron 23 – If you’re looking to upgrade your old desktop PC, this all-in-one features a 23-inch screen ideal for watching movies or family game night and at less than half an inch thin is one of the thinnest options in its category. One available model houses the new Intel RealSense 3D Camera, enabling capabilities like gesture control, 3D scanning and 3D printing that bring new ways for the family to have fun together.
2. Donate old devices.
You can spring clean your digital devices and give back at the same time when you donate older devices. From smartphones to desktop PCs, numerous organizations facilitate getting older, no-longer used devices from donors and putting them in the hands of people who need technology but can’t afford to buy the latest tech items.
Check with your local electronics retailer, school district, church or other community organizations to see if they accept device donations.
3. Recycle old devices.
Every 1 million laptops Americans recycle saves enough energy to power more than 3,500 homes per year, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Recycling cellphones and other devices also allows for the recovery of a number of valuable metals, including copper, silver and gold. Recycling devices keeps them out of landfills.
The EPA offers a searchable database of device recycling programs on its website. Retailers, device manufacturers and even mobile service providers offer recycling programs. Many cellphone companies offer trade-in programs that allow you to hand in your old device and get a discount on a new one.
Before you donate or recycle, be sure to remove personal information from the device in addition to the battery, which may need to be recycled separately. If you don’t relish the idea of letting go of the device altogether, consider recycling it within your own home. Your old smartphone may no longer meet your needs but it could be a great starter phone for your pre-teen, and that laptop you find too heavy to lug from meeting to meeting may work just fine as a dorm-room device for your college-age child.
Today is Earth Day! Yeah, sure – we should be celebrating Earth Day EVERYDAY, but let’s be realistic. Sometimes, it’s hard to keep the Earth in mind when you’re dealing with everyday life. From recycling to eliminating wasteful energy consumption, there are more than enough ways to “go green” but how do you incorporate a greener lifestyle that’s easy to incorporate in your everyday life? That’s why I’ve compiled 5 easy ways to go green, celebrate Earth Day (Everyday) and impact the world below.
5. PAY BILLS ONLINE
One of the easiest ways to go green is to use online bill payment systems instead of the old “mail in” means of payment. By some estimates, if all households in the U.S. paid their bills online and received electronic statements instead of paper, we’d save 18.5 million trees every year, 2.2 billion tons of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, and 1.7 billion pounds of solid waste.
4. STOP PAPER BANK STATEMENTS
Some banks will pay you a dollar or donate money on your behalf when you cancel the monthly paper statements you get in the mail. If every household took advantage of online bank statements, the money saved could send more than seventeen thousand recent high school graduates to a public university for a year.
3. TURN OFF COMPUTERS AT NIGHT
I’ve just conformed to going green and saving energy with the press of my laptop button. By turning off your computer instead of leaving it in sleep mode, you can save 40 watt-hours per day. That adds up to 4 cents a day, or $14 per year. If you don’t want to wait for your computer to start up, set it to turn on automatically a few minutes before you get to work, or boot up while you’re pouring your morning cup ‘o joe.
2. RECYCLE OLD CELL PHONES
The average cell phone lasts around 18 months, which means 130 million phones will be retired each year. If they go into landfills, the phones and their batteries introduce toxic substances into our environment. There are plenty of reputable programs where you can recycle your phone, many which benefit noble causes. Check out how to recycle your old cell phones from Verizon, Best Buy and more HERE.
1. USE RECHARGABLE BATTERIES
Each year 15 billion batteries produced and sold and most of them are disposable alkaline batteries. Only a fraction of those are recycled. Buy a charger and a few sets of rechargeable batteries. Although it requires an upfront investment, it is one that should pay off in no time. And on Christmas morning when all the stores are closed? You’ll be fully stocked.
We asked Toyota Green Initiative Coalition Member — Actress Tatyana Ali her #1 tip for anyone looking to develop a greener lifestyle and she shared her #1 tip below…
Want to take your green living to the next level? Discover how to go green with easy car and driving tips – plus travel tips at DivasDriveInHeels and DivasOnDestinations.com. Discover stylish accessories that’ll help you recycle and transform your office space and for more ideas on how to go green, visit 50 ways to help the planet and start making greener choices today!
Digital Sisterhood Unplugged
Whether you believe it or not, Spring is here and wonderful things are blooming all around us. Why not take a moment to take in all that Spring has to offer by unplugging for the weekend? Join DivasandDorks.com as we participate in the “Digital Sisterhood Unplugged Weekends” hosted by Digital Sisterhood. During a series of weekends throughout the year we’ll take our eyes off our computers and “up-to-the-minute” social media updates and set our sights on enjoying the life around us.
Digital Sisterhood Unplugged
Digital Sisterhood Unplugged
Did You Know: There’s a National Day of Unplugging, designed to help hyper-connected people of all backgrounds to embrace the ancient ritual of a day of rest.
This Spring, Digital Sisterhood Network’s Leadership, Lifestyle, and Living Well Initiative has been inspired by Spelman College’s Wellness Revolution to relaunch the Digital Sisterhood Unplugged Weekends Initiative (#DSUnplugged) to encourage women to slow down and take a break from their digital lives and electronic devices once a month. The break could be 30 minutes, an hour, a half-day, a full day, or an entire weekend. It’s up to each woman to choose and commit to a timeframe that works best for her. If you’d like to join our 2013 #DSUnplugged Weekends, check out the schedule and use the #DSUnplugged hashtag to share your plans, comments, and questions on their Facebook and Twitter pages.
Digital Sisterhood Unplugged
When was the last time you snuggled into a good book or enjoyed a relaxing spa day? There’s no time like the present and there’s no better time than the first weekend of Spring – so let’s get out and enjoy the weekend.
What are your plans this weekend and how do you plan to unplug, unwind and enjoy?
You may or may not not be the “techy type”, however you probably have several girlfriends who are. Had it not been for my own gadget girlfriends, I wouldn’t have the slightest interest in the latest and greatest technology. I decided to go on a search of my own, just to see what could possibly peak my interest for my or my gadget girlfriends’ Christmas lists. Here are a few things that I found worth sharing.
How much FUN is this toaster?! While getting your morning coffee/tea ready, you no longer have to wonder if your bread is on the proper setting or browning to your likening. From almost any angle in your kitchen, you will be able to see your toast’s transformation. No more burned toast and breakfast just became even more exciting!
You really don’t have to be into gadgets much to enjoy this timepiece. Perfect for your bedside, and the perfect size for stocking stuffing!
If you still have the iPhone 4/4s, don’t fret, many of us still do! This cell phone case is a must-have accessory that will leave you feeling like you just upgraded phones. The case resembles a small journal and provides excellent protection from elements and the occasions that your phone slides from your hand (Even if you never lose a grip on your iPhone, like myself, this case is swanky!)
Here’s the perfect mouse for those of us on the go more than we are home, known as the Arc Mouse. After realizing how much this would simplify life on the go, I had to share this with you! The entire mouse takes the shape of your leg, preventing it from sliding to the floor and makes for a no-hassle, easily-mobile work space.
You don’t have to be a “gadget guru” to enjoy these latest technologies. They are perfect for a self-upgrade, or for stocking stuffers for the crew. Whatever your gadget attraction, there is truly something for everyone!
Tell us some of the latest gadgets that you found and/or favor below… and stay tuned for more gadget updates from the team!
Bare Necessities, the leading online destination for brand name bras and lingerie, today launched two new catalogs without printing a single page. The editions are completely digital and designed specifically for a tablet shopping experience. The catalogs are available today via the free Google Catalogs and Catalog Spree tablet apps for both iPad and Android, and can be viewed on BareNecessities.com as well.
The first new catalog features Bare Necessities’ incredible new swimwear collection, featuring brands such as SPANX, Elomi, Freya, and Fantasie.
The second digital catalog highlights Bare Necessities’ Spring bra and lingerie collection from Wacoal in a rich, sensual experience that is accentuated by being designed for an interactive, tablet environment.
Bare Necessities also launched www.Bareplus.com in February 2012, which features more than 1,200 styles of full figure and plus size bras and lingerie.
“We are excited for the opportunity to use digital technologies to connect with consumers in new and engaging ways,” said Bob Vitale, President of Wacoal America. “Through the digital catalog, Bare Necessities has made our bras and lingerie really come to life for women of all sizes.”
Google Catalogs and Catalog Spree are available free on Apple’s App Store for iPad and on Google Play for Android.
Recently, I was interviewed by Rolling Out Magazine to share the secret behind DivasandDorks.com’s rapid growth & expansion within such a short period time. Sharing some of the principles and sales tips that I learned within my media marketing experience – and examples on how I apply them to the business of blogging was a joy that I’ll never forget.
Learn about my strategies used to secure brand partnerships, how I manage the balance of journalistic integrity vs advertising and more in the article. Read More on RollingOut.com
Kanye West and JAY-Z Form New Group! They Are Now Called ‘THE THRONE’ and Confirm the Most Anticipated Album & Tour of the Year: WATCH THE THRONE.
You’ve heard the single and have heard the rumors, but did you know that you could see JAY-Z and Kanye in concert and get their digital album for FREE?
For this project, music icons and pop culture visionaries JAY-Z and Kanye West have joined their extraordinary talents to form the group ‘THE THRONE’ and confirm the most anticipated album and touring event of the year, WATCH THE THRONE. On Monday, August 8th ‘THE THRONE’S’ extraordinary once-in-a-lifetime Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam Recordings / Roc Nation album collaboration, WATCH THE THRONE , will be available worldwide exclusively on iTunes. On the same day, tickets will be made available to the public for the once-in-a-lifetime pairing of two of music’s greatest performers on one stage, with the WATCH THE THRONE TOUR (powered by VoyR) at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com. All fans who purchase their tickets online will receive a FREE digital copy of the album. The Live Nation produced tour will begin on September 22nd in Detroit with 24 dates confirmed thus far.
On Monday, July 25th, everyone can get the lead track, “Otis” instantly when they pre-order the DELUXE album exclusively at iTunes at http://idj.to/watchthethronedlxit. The album will be available at additional physical and digital retailers on August 12th.
Beginning Thursday, July 28th, fans that visit www.LiveNation.com/WatchTheThrone, will have access to presale tickets, which includes a digital copy of the album. Citi® card members will have access to presale tickets beginning Friday, July 29th at 10AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass® Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com. Citi® is the official credit card of the WATCH THE THRONE TOUR.
|WATCH THE THRONE TOUR (Powered By VoyR)|
|9/22/11||Detroit, MI||Palace of Auburn Hills|
|9/24/11||Toronto, ON||Air Canada Centre|
|9/25/11||Montreal, QC||Bell Centre|
|9/27/11||East Rutherford, NJ||Izod Center|
|9/28/11||East Rutherford, NJ||Izod Center|
|9/29/11||Washington DC||Verizon Center|
|10/4/11||Philadelphia, PA||Wells Fargo Center|
|10/6/11||Chicago, IL||United Center|
|10/7/11||Chicago, IL||United Center|
|10/8/11||Minneapolis, MN||Target Cente r|
|10/10/11||Denver, CO||Pepsi Center|
|10/13/11||Tacoma, WA||Tacoma Dome|
|10/14/11||Vancouver, BC||Rogers Arena|
|10/16/11||San Jose, CA||HP Pavilion|
|10/17/11||Sacramento, CA||Power Balance Pavilion|
|10/19/11||Los Angeles, CA||Staples Center|
|10/20/11||Los Angeles, CA||Staples Center|
|10/21/11||Las Vegas, NV||MGM Grand Garden Arena|
|10/25/11||Dallas, TX||American Airlines Center|
|10/26/11||Houston, TX||Toyota Center|
|10/29/11||Atlanta, GA||Philips Arena|
|10/30/11||Greensboro, NC||Greensboro Coliseum|
|11/1/11||Baltimore, MD||1st Mariner Arena|
|11/3/11||Boston, MA||TD Garden|
|1. No Church In the Wild (feat. Frank Ocean)|
|2. Lift Off (feat. Beyonce)|
|3. N—as In Paris|
|4. Otis (feat. Otis Redding)|
|5. Gotta Have it|
|6. New Day|
|7. That’s My Bitch|
|8. Welcome to the Jungle|
|9. Who’s Gon Stop Me|
|10. Murder to Excellence|
|11. Made In America (feat. Frank Ocean)|
|12. Why I Love You (feat. Mr. Hudson)|
|**** AVAILABLE ON THE DELUXE VERSION|
|13. Illest M———-r Alive ****|
|14. H.A.M ****|
|15. Primetime ****|
|16 . The Joy (feat. Curtis Mayfield) ****|