Tech Break Tips 

We could all use a little tech break now and then.  Some of us more than others.  About ¼ of U.S. adults (39% of those ages 18 – 29) say they are ‘almost constantly’ online (Pew Survey Jan, 2018).  Technology is super fun and engaging but our brains need a break to recharge and are not built for never-ending multi-tasking.  Here are some tips to help make taking more tech breaks a reality:

1. Find a new bed partner. 

If your phone is the last thing you see at night and first thing you grab for in the morning, you may need a change.  Get an alarm clock and charge your phone away from your bed. You’ll have less interruptions and be less likely to grab for it first thing when you wake up.  Try it for a night or two.  You may be surprised how easy it is.

​2. Watch yourself!  

Call it retro, call it vintage, call it whatever you want, wearing an analog watch again gives you one less reason to check your phone and to be tempted to check Instagram, Pinterest or Linked accounts.  It may be

more efficient to just look at your cell to check for the time but how often do we get sucked into checking out so much more? Your grandma wore a watch.  She was a smart lady.  You can do it too.

3. Back in Black (and White) - Take your attention back.

The bright colors on apps are chosen specifically to get our attention - and it works!

Set your phone to grayscale, and your screen will still have what you need but will be a lot less appealing so you are less tempted to check it as often.  Try this: 

 

On Android phones (some models differ) - can be set up via the “Accessibility” menu.  

On Apple/ iOS 10 phones - can be set up via the “Settings” menu.

 

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility >Display Accommodations >Color Filters. Switch Color Filters on and select grayscale.

Want to set it up so you can go back and forth from gray to color?  It's easy!

Go to Settings > General > Accessibility > Accessibility Shortcut > Color Filters. Whenever you want grayscale, press the home button three times. Triple-click again for color.  Show your friends ~ congratulations you are now a tech wizard.

We have lots more tips that can help.  Want to learn more?  Click here to schedule a presentation.

Check out Tech Break Tips for Parents and Caregivers - click here