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Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness and the use of technology in the modern age on the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/, and you can also follow us at https://twitter.com/TechForMindful and https://www.facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/. Come back often and feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application. Find more information at http://TechnologyForMindfulness.com/.

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Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness and the use of technology in the modern age on the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/, and you can also follow us at https://twitter.com/TechForMindful and https://www.facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/. Come back often and feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application. Find more information at http://TechnologyForMindfulness.com/.

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LOVED BEING GUESTS ON THIS PODCAST

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We had such an incredible time chatting with Robert. Thank you for having us! We loved this episode!

Plotnick is fine

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LOVED BEING GUESTS ON THIS PODCAST

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We had such an incredible time chatting with Robert. Thank you for having us! We loved this episode!

Plotnick is fine

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Technology For Mindfulness

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Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness and the use of technology in the modern age on the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/, and you can also follow us at https://twitter.com/TechForMindful and https://www.facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/. Come back often and feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application. Find more information at http://TechnologyForMindfulness.com/.

Rank #1: A Mindful 2019: A Technology for Mindfulness Special Episode

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As we prepare for 2019, we often reflect and think about the year that's gone. We think about what we achieved and didn't achieve and what we would like to do in the next year. When it comes to using technology mindfully, there are a few ways that you set goals and habits to achieve mindfulness, productivity and quality time. Here are 5 ways that you can set yourself up to use technology more mindfully in 2019:

1. Take some time to observe your experiences with technology.

This is the most important step as it's where you deploy awareness around your use of technology. Identify what you'd like to change in your behaviour. Do you want to spend less time browsing on the internet at work for non work related things because you find that your workload becomes heavier as the week progresses due to lack of productivity? Perhaps you'd like to not take your smartphone to the dinner table as it distracts you from quality time with your loved one. These are behaviours you should take the time to observe as it will be the foundation to understanding your relationship with technology and how to be more mindful in your use of it. 

2. Write these goals down.

Another important step as this will serve as a frequent reminder for what your goals are. The main reason why New Years Resolutions fail is that we forget what these are by February. Writing this down will consolidate on what's the most important to you and serve as a frequent reminder. When you're reminded of these goals - you place yourself in a position where you're most likely to succeed.

3. Come up with a concrete plan of action

Now that you're written your goals down, how can you come up with a plan of action to ensure these goals can be executed? 

4. Develop Mindfulness Habits

Recently, we released a course called Tap Into Mindfulness - which is a sequence of systematic exercises that aids you to not only be aware of your habits around technology but also assists you in how to create mindfulness habits around your use. There is both a student and teacher's edition and currently it's on sale for $10 and $25. 

5. Have a gentle attitude towards yourself

It takes a while to form a new habit so be kind and patient with yourself as you navigate your way through this. Stopping altogether and giving up won't form a new habit but persistence will. 

On each episode of the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast, Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness & the use of technology in the modern age. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/. Come back often & feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application.

Follow us on:

https://Twitter.com/TechForMindful

https://Facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness

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Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/robert-plotkin/technology-for-mindfulness

TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Technology-Podcasts/Technology-For-Mindfulness-p963257/

YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCadmsqRjuiilNT5bwHFHDfQ

RSS: https://feeds.feedburner.com/TechnologyForMindfulness

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Dec 31 2018

25mins

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Rank #2: 53: Robert Plotkin - How to Focus for Entrepreneurs: Tips for Dealing with Smartphone and Other Technology-Related Distractions

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In each Technology for Mindfulness episode, we usually interview an expert (from various industries) who’s made incredible strides in creating more mindfulness in their life, the lives of others and who use/create various techniques to build a better relationship with technology.

This week, Episode 53, brings a direct conversation with Robert. He shares his insights and the success strategies that he’s learned over the years as a patent lawyer, from having his own law firm, and from running Technology for Mindfulness.

If you’re interested in learning how Robert created more balance, became more productive, creative and focused while mindfully utilizing technology and still accessing its amazing benefits, this episode is for you.

What You’ll Learn:

  • Suggestions for how to start your day mindfully and with a technology balance. [2:30]
  • Not ready to completely remove technology from your mornings? A suggestion for how to ease more balance into your day. [8:38]
  • About the “Urgent” v. the “Important.” [10:15]
  • Tips on how to keep you reminded of and guided towards doing the things that are important to you. [15:28]

Jun 17 2019

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Rank #3: Ep. 3 - Dr. Judson Brewer, Director of Research, Center for Mindfulness

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Dr. Judson Brewer joins host Robert Plotkin to discuss mindfulness training for addiction. Brewer is a thought leader in the ‘science of self-mastery,” having combined nearly 20 years of experience with mindfulness training with his scientific research therein. He has published numerous peer-reviewed articles & book chapters, spoken at international conferences, & his work has been featured in 60 Minutes, TEDx, Time Magazine, Forbes, the BBC, NPR, BusinessWeek & others. He is Director of Research at the Center of Mindfulness & an associate professor in medicine & psychiatry at the UMass Medical School. He is also adjunct faculty at Yale University School of Medicine & a research affiliate at MIT. A psychiatrist & internationally known expert in mindfulness training, Brewer has developed & tested novel mindfulness programs for addictions, including both in-person & app-based treatments (cravingtoquit.com/). He has also studied the underlying neural mechanisms of mindfulness using standard & real-time fMRI. Connect with Dr. Judson: thecenterformindfuleating.org/Judson-Brewer/ On each episode of the Technology For Mindfulness podcast, Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness & the use of technology in the modern age. Show notes can be found at www.technologyformindfulness.com/podcast.Follow us on:Twitter.com/TechForMindful Facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/Subscribe Here:iTunes: http://apple.co/2opAqpnStitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/robert-plotkin/technology-for-mindfulnessSoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/technologyformindfulnessTuneIn: http://tunein.com/radio/Technology-For-Mindfulness-p963257/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCadmsqRjuiilNT5bwHFHDfQRSS - http://feeds.feedburner.com/TechnologyForMindfulnessMusic courtesy of Tobu - Colors [NCS Release] www.tobumusic.com/youtu.be/MEJCwccKWG0@7obuwww.facebook.com/tobuofficialwww.twitter.com/tobuofficialwww.youtube.com/tobuofficial

Apr 18 2017

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Rank #4: How to avoid being distracted by your phone at work

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On today’s episode of the Technology For Mindfulness podcast, I’m going to share with you some of my own journey in grappling with stress and distraction from technology. 

In this episode, you will learn:

  • How I’ve developed techniques and habits that I use to stay grounded and focused with my smartphone and other devices and how you can too
  • How I deal with distraction in my work and professional life
  • An experience I had during my karate black belt test and how that mindset can relate to dealing with digital distraction
  • If you’re feeling controlled by technology or that you don’t have any options for relating to your devices differently, the way things in your life now isn’t the way things have to be. 
  • How the average person interacts with their phones 2,617 times a day when our instincts drive our phone. This is what can lead us to be more anxious and unproductive. 
  • A mindfulness exercise around using your smartphone


After more than 50 episodes of the Technology For Mindfulness, we’re releasing a new product that will help with this very issue to help build a habit around our responses to our smartphones. I’d like to ask for your help. If you go to askmindful.com, we have a short questionnaire that you can fill out that will help us to build the best product possible for you. When you answer, you’ll get 50% off that product. Go to askmindful.com now and receive 50% of our new product!

Sep 16 2019

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Rank #5: 33: Rohan Gunatilake, Creator of ‘Buddhify’ & ‘Mindfulness Everywhere’

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Whether writing, talking or making products, Rohan Gunatilake is one of the most original and creative voices in modern mindfulness and meditation. Through his company Mindfulness Everywhere, he is the creator of Kara, Sleepfulness, Designing Mindfulness and the best-selling hit app Buddhify. Rohan’s first book, Modern Mindfulness, in out now. Based in Glasgow, Rohan is a trustee of the British Council and was named by Wired magazine in their Smart List of 50 people who will change the world. Rohan created Buddhify as an expression of his love both of meditation and of design & innovation. He started training in mindfulness meditation in 2003 and now many years later considers it a privilege & a delight to be doing the work he does. He is the author of Modern Mindfulness. Find more at https://rohangunatillake.com/.

On each episode of the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast, Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness & the use of technology in the modern age. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/. Come back often & feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application.

Follow us on:

https://Twitter.com/TechForMindful

https://Facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness

Subscribe to the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast via:

iTunes: apple.co/2opAqpn

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/robert-plotkin/technology-for-mindfulness

TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Technology-Podcasts/Technology-For-Mindfulness-p963257/

YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCadmsqRjuiilNT5bwHFHDfQ

RSS: https://feeds.feedburner.com/TechnologyForMindfulness

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Aug 27 2018

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Rank #6: 44: John de Graaf - Beauty, Naturing & Capturing Moments

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Going on a hike or a holiday to immerse yourself in nature is one of the most relaxing and recharging experience. However, with the use of smartphones, many of us look to capture the moment to post on social media rather than focusing on being in the moment and actually experiencing. Today, returning to Technology For Mindfulness is John De Graaf; a documentary filmmaker who has produced more than a dozen prime time national PBS specials and has won more than 100 filmmaking awards. He discusses the importance of seeing beauty in nature and not always through the camera on our smartphone. In this episode you will learn:

  • How technology can get in the way of time with our connection with the natural world [3:47]
  • The double edged sword with the pros and cons of technology [6:25]
  • How people focus on capturing the moment to post on social media rather than being that in the moment [7:12]
  • The different ways you can still use technology while experiencing nature [9:03]
  • Why John feels it is important to stop and reflect beauty [10:45]
  • Challenging the cultural value of more is always better [16:33]
  • What should be in our "backpack" [19:05]
  • The keys to happiness [22:35]
  • How even when we intend to do good things for our health, like exercise - we crave stimulation [23:30]
  • The impact of "City Beautiful," and the importance of nature [31:24]

Connect with John:

Personal Website: https://www.johndegraaf.com/

Centre for Humans and nature: https://www.humansandnature.org/john-de-graaf

On each episode of the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast, Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness & the use of technology in the modern age. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/. Come back often & feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application.

Follow us on:

https://Twitter.com/TechForMindful

https://Facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness

Subscribe to the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast via:

iTunes: https://apple.co/2opAqpn

Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/robert-plotkin/technology-for-mindfulness

TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Technology-Podcasts/Technology-For-Mindfulness-p963257/

YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCadmsqRjuiilNT5bwHFHDfQ

RSS: https://feeds.feedburner.com/TechnologyForMindfulness

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@7obu

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Feb 11 2019

50mins

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Rank #7: 60: David Ryan Polgar - How to Stop Oversharing Personal Data

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In episode 60, David Ryan Polgar joins us for an engaging conversation around the history of digital wellbeing and what it means to be human in the digital age. David takes a different approach to how people should combat oversharing personal data and addiction to technology. Instead of focusing on what we, as end-users, need to do to combat overuse or misuse of technology, David focuses on transforming the ways that technology itself is deployed. 

David Ryan Polgar is a 3-time TEDx speaker and tech writer. He’s known for his work in exploring the impact of tech from an ethical, legal, and emotional perspective. He’s been featured on CMS This Morning, USA Today, AP, LA Times, CNN, BBC, and more. David is also the founder of All Tech Is Human, which is an initiative to align the purpose of technology with what the end-users need to create a more human-centered society. 

Some Questions I Ask: 

  • What motivated your work around digital wellness? What challenges did you face? (5:08)
  • What organizations are you involved in? (34:35)
  • How can people reach you and get involved with everything you’re doing? (44:47)


In This Episode, You Will Learn: 

  • Robert’s tip for mindfully granting access to applications. (0:58
  • What a “mental food plate” is. (8:41)
  • What prompted Robert to be mindful around granting apps permissions to his data. (17:32)
  • Why advertisers’ targeting strategy became a massive collision course. (32:29)
  • About David’s work with mental wellbeing with tech use. (39:22)


Connect with David Ryan Polgar: 

Website

Facebook

Twitter

All Tech is Human

Resources: 

“Is Google Making us Stupid?” by Nicholas Carr

Headspace

Calm

The Center for Internet and Technology Addiction

Sep 23 2019

46mins

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Rank #8: 54: Dawn Wible - The Benefits of More Talking and Less Technology

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In Episode 54, Dawn Wible, the Founder of Talk More Tech Less joins us for a discussion about various ways that we can re-introduce in-person, non-tech related, communication back into our lives. Dawn founded Talk More Tech Less in an effort to provide support, resources and education to help, both, adults and children “prioritize relationships over technology.”

Talk More Tech Less is committed to the work of deeper, more connected communication and provides, what they call, the “Facts and Stats” that support how important it is for us to strike a healthy balance among ourselves, our relationships and technology. 

Resources:

Talk More Tech Less

Talk More Meals

Detox Box

Smart Phone Ed

Talk More Tech Less - Facebook

Talk More Tech Less - Twitter

Talk More Tech Less - Instagram

Some of the questions I ask:

  • What is the motivation behind the concept of Talk More and Tech Less? [4:22]
  • What are some examples of what a more balanced, and more healthy, life with the people in your life looks like? [6:28]
  • What kind of changes has Dawn’s work resulted in and what challenges should people expect with implementing them? [14:17]
  • Do the children, who aren’t having the experiences of going outside and playing, feel or know that something is missing in that? [20:43]
  • What guidance would Dawn like to offer parents, children, and teachers? [32:58]


What You’ll Learn:

  • About’s Robert’s Tip for a Digital Detox [1:06]
  • About Dawn’s 2 Hour Technology Limit for her children [7:55]
  • About Talk More Meals [15:00]
  • About the benefits of adults/elders teaching children about what their childhood was like and vice versa [22:59]
  • About a personal experience Dawn had with her son that required her to take a moment and step back from technology [34:25]

Jul 01 2019

39mins

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Rank #9: 47: Paul Minors - Technology for Productivity, Optimising Time and Income

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After being a guest on his show, The Paul Minors Podcast, I just had to interview the host himself to be on Technology For Mindfulness. Paul is obsessed with productivity, automation, optimising his time and income so he can live on his own times.

Tip of the Day: Task Batching

It’s productive and cuts down on the mental switching which can be so draining and stressful. Here are a couple of pointers that I do when it comes to batching to help me be more productive. Here are two examples of how task batching can be done:

Responding to Messages: This applies to messages like email especially if you run a business, I put calendar appointment for responding to certain types of messages like Accounting or Marketing. Breaking these up into titles really helps as when an email comes in about that particular title, I drag those emails in to those calendar appointments as an attachment so when it comes time to respond to Marketing emails, I’ll open that email in that appointment and run through them. Because I’m focused on marketing at that time, I can get through those tasks because I’m focused on the one task of marketing and I can respond in a productive way.

Calendar Appointments for Tasks: I schedule an appointment for a particular kind of tasks I need to complete. So let’s say for instance, this task is again, Marketing. Even though there may be no emails or outstanding items around marketing, I can use this time to tackle my marketing to do list. This will help switch my mental focus to tasks of that type during that period of time.

Some of the questions I ask:

  • For people who are feeling overwhelmed or are getting very distracted by technology during the day, what would be an easy thing they could do to be more productive? [3:46]
  • What are some of the tools or processes you should apply to where you are at? [6:53]
  • Suggestions around batching tasks? [14:46]
  • Some of the mental disadvantages of switching tasks and multi tasking [21:25]
  • How do you not get too hung up on categorisation? [22:47]
  • How written records can be really useful as a monitoring and sanity check [26:15]
  • Be objective, data based, scientific and non judgmental when it comes to analysing your task management [27:49]
  • Can you talk about trade offs, suggestions or strategies between having everything on your calendar for personal and professional? [29:40]
  • How can we develop and maintain other habits outside of technology like sleep and exercise? [31:45]
  • Ways you can leverage technology for automation in small ways? [36:27]


What you’ll learn:

  • People get caught up in what kind of tool or technology is best for them to automate their life and believe that it will solve all their problems, however it’s more about the habits, routines and how the tool is used [6:06]
  • Pick the tool that’s best for you after doing a bit of research. Get it out of your head and into the tool or system. [7:19]
  • Use due dates to set your intention and plan your time as to when you’d like to do it by rather than when the task is actually due. [10:10]
  • The power of time blocking [13:31]
  • Use your calendar to block out time to work on these tasks so you it forces you to think about how long it will take you to finish these tasks. [12:01]
  • Day to day steps to take with your calendar to time block [15:13]
  • The concept of batching to realise efficiency benefit [18:01]
  • The switching cost [21:32]
  • Paul’s suggestions on what kind of tasks to batch [21:51]
  • Time blocking allows you to reflect on how you went during the week and how you can improve or doing things differently. [23:42]
  • Screenshot your calendar at the start and end of the week and compare what changed [26:21]
  • Having everything on your calendar so you can put in personal and social appointments holistically and analyze balance [28:39]
  • When you see things all in one place, it’s all visual. It helps assessing how time was spent as a whole during the week. [30:21]
  • Technology’s impact on being more mindful when it comes to health and fitness has been positive, especially wearables. [32:45]
  • Put appointments in your calendar for meditation, eat lunch, going for a walk or exercise. [34:40]
  • The best tasks to automate are the repetitive tasks you have to do daily that take mental bandwidth. [37:25]

Resources:

Paul Minors

Calendar:

Google Calendar

Project Management Tools:

Asana

Sleep Watch App

Mar 25 2019

43mins

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Rank #10: Ep. 5 - Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-Nominated Filmmaker Behind "Technology Shabbat"

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For the past eight years, Emmy-nominated filmmaker Tiffany Shlain, her husband & two children have embraced "Technology Shabbat", a modernized version of the Jewish day of rest, where they break away from digital screens & other technology for 24 hours. Shlain joins host Robert Plotkin to discuss how "Technology Shabbat" works & doesn't prevent her & her husband from embracing technology in their everyday lives. Tiffany Shlain is an American filmmaker, author, & public speaker regarded as an internet pioneer for her work, including founding the Webby Awards, co-founding the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences & running the Moxie Institute Film Studio & Lab. She lives in Northern California with husband Goldberg whom she frequently collaborates with on art installations & other projects. Connect with Tiffany: http://www.moxieinstitute.org/technology_shabbats. On each episode of the Technology For Mindfulness podcast, Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness & the use of technology in the modern age. Show notes can be found at www.technologyformindfulness.com/podcast. Follow us on: Twitter.com/TechForMindful Facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/ Subscribe Here: iTunes: http://apple.co/2opAqpn Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/robert-plotkin/technology-for-mindfulness SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/technologyformindfulness TuneIn: http://tunein.com/radio/Technology-For-Mindfulness-p963257/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCadmsqRjuiilNT5bwHFHDfQ RSS - http://feeds.feedburner.com/TechnologyForMindfulness Music courtesy of Tobu - Colors [NCS Release] www.tobumusic.com/ youtu.be/MEJCwccKWG0 @7obu www.facebook.com/tobuofficial www.twitter.com/tobuofficial www.youtube.com/tobuofficial

Jul 17 2017

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Rank #11: Ep. 4 - Dr. Susan Maushart, Author of "The Winter of Our Disconnect"

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Journalist, broadcaster & communication consultant Dr. Susan Maushart joins host Robert Plotkin to discuss her internationally acclaimed memoir & BBC Book of the Week The Winter of Our Disconnect: How Three Totally Wired Teenagers (& a Mother Who Slept with Her iPhone) Pulled the Plug on Their Technology & Lived to Tell the Tale. Maushart is the author of five books, including the feminist classics The Mask of Motherhood & Wifework. An independent producer, Susan's popular radio series Multiple Choice & StoryCatcher have been heard across Australia on ABC Radio, & across the world on via the web. She has appeared as a commentator on The Today Show, Lateline, CNN, Fox & Friends & in publications ranging from Family Circle & Parents to the Huffington Post & The Guardian. Susan's lifestyle column in the Weekend Australian Magazine ran weekly for a legendary 12 years, & she has lectured in media at NYU, Fordham & Curtin University of Technology. The mother of three global nomads, Susan lives between Perth, Western Australia & the East End of Long Island. Susan has written news, features, profiles, history, memoir, comedy & genre fiction. Her current projects include the commissioned history This Little World, which celebrates the centenary of Presbyterian Ladies' College, Perth, & the forthcoming management novel Not the Smartest Guy in the Room. Connect with Dr. Susan: http://www.susanmaushart.com/. On each episode of the Technology For Mindfulness podcast, Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness & the use of technology in the modern age. Show notes can be found at www.technologyformindfulness.com/podcast. Follow us on: Twitter.com/TechForMindful Facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/ Subscribe Here: iTunes: http://apple.co/2opAqpn Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/robert-plotkin/technology-for-mindfulness SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/technologyformindfulness TuneIn: http://tunein.com/radio/Technology-For-Mindfulness-p963257/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCadmsqRjuiilNT5bwHFHDfQ RSS - http://feeds.feedburner.com/TechnologyForMindfulness Music courtesy of Tobu - Colors [NCS Release] www.tobumusic.com/ youtu.be/MEJCwccKWG0 @7obu www.facebook.com/tobuofficial www.twitter.com/tobuofficial www.youtube.com/tobuofficial

May 15 2017

38mins

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Rank #12: 52: Michael Jacobus - Tackling Technology Addiction in Teens

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In Episode 52, we speak with Michael Jacobus - the Founder of Reset Summer Camp; a 4-week clinical summer program for, mostly, teenagers who are suffering from technology addiction. The camp treats addiction to video games, social media, excessive screen time and provides assistance with poor technology habits. Michael has worked in the Summer Camp space for over 30 years and believed that the camp experience could create an environment that provides both the campers and, their families, with the tools needed to build a healthy relationship with technology and help rebuild any strained relationships at home.

The program begins with a technology detox (one that most of the participants are not big fans of) and then moves into exposing new ways of having technology be properly present and absent in their lives. It also provides guidance to parents, both, during and after the program.


Some of the questions I ask:

  • What is Reset Summer Camp and what motivated Michael to launch it? [4:41]
  • There was a concern in the 60 and 70s about TV being addictive, what makes the current technology any different? [10:10]
  • What type of progress does Michael see in a camper after the first week? [24:10]
  • What role does being outside play at the camp? [33:27]


What You’ll Learn:

  • Options for managing boredom instead of reaching for technology. [0:55]
  • About the types of kids that attend Reset Summer Camp. [7:22]
  • About some of the resources that are provided to teach, guide and train parents on how to change the way they act with technology or the way they interact with their kids. [13:41]
  • What Michael says to the parents to help them navigate their relationship with their child and the technology. [27:43]
  • About the breakthrough moments for some of the campers. [32:15]


Resources:

ResetSummerCamp.com

Jun 03 2019

43mins

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Rank #13: 46: Marla Mattenson and Julian Colker - Technology and its role in relationships

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On Episode 46, Marla Mattenson returns with her partner Julian Colker who work together to coach couples in their relationships including how to use technology mindfully.

Some of the questions I ask:


  • How to deal with devices and how they can potentially create rough spots when it comes to our intimate relationships [2.28]
  • Why a pre-planned advance agreements between a couple is important to set each other up for success [5:07]
  • How technology can be used to amplify the positive in your relationship [7:55]
  • Ways that technology can make things simple for you and your partner[13:29]
  • How much is too much communication via text message? [18:48]
  • What are some suggestions for those who feel they can’t commit to a simple or disciplined technology use plan? [24:13]
  • Upcoming in person workshop Marla and Julian have about touch [28:38]


What you’ll learn:

  • Technology is a tool which can add value to your relationship and also take away from it [2:48]
  • Pre planned advance agreements about technology between yourself and your partner [3:49]
  • Close the gap of misinterpretation that can potentially happen when communicating through devices [5:39]
  • Humans are now getting Dopamine and Serotonin hits which cause us to bond with our technology instead of bonding with our partner or other humans [7:30]
  • How to use technology in a way to connect deeper with your partner’s love language [8:40]
  • Ways to set intention about wanting to grow with your partner [10:32]
  • How sharing your calendar with your partner so they are aware of the times you are busy and free so they can plan things around your schedule [11:31]
  • Use technology to keep track of things your partner likes on the phone [12:53]
  • Starting your morning routine to engage a passionate relationship that doesn’t prioritise a technology first [14:48]
  • Setting boundaries around technology use in your family [15:26]
  • How to creatively communicate using technology [17:16]
  • Ways to have an intentional digital detox [21:45]
  • Have the belief that it’s possible to be disconnected from your phone [24:48]
  • Ways to apply technology in a way to uplift and advance your life and relationship [25:30]
  • What’s a thought each of you would leave about technology in relationships? [31:21]


Resources:

Apps: Love Nudge - talks about the 5 love languages you can sign up with your partner

Marla Matteson & Julian Colker’s workshop:

Mar 11 2019

35mins

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Rank #14: 43: Vincent Horn - Buddhist Geeks Founder & Podcast Host

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Vincent Horn spent his 20's co-founding the ground breaking Buddhist Geeks while attending a full year of silent meditation practice on a retreat. A computer engineering drop out turned full time contemplative - Vincent combines the traditional mindfulness practices of Buddhist practice and teaches them in a modern way. He has been called a “power player of the mindfulness movement” by Wired magazine and was honored to be featured in Wired UK’s “Smart List: 50 people who will change the world.” He lives in Winston-Salem, North Carolina with his teaching & life partner Emily and their son Zander.

In this episode you'll learn about:

- Paying attention to what is at the forefront of your focus when you're using your smartphone [1:02]

- How Vincent left his engineering program to become a full time meditator and waiter [03:26]

- The teachers he studied with in the Buddhist world and their relationship to technology [6:26]

- The mindfulness movement from traditional to more modern ways of teaching [10:10]

- Translation of Buddhism and Mindfulness into the modern world [11:36]

- How technology has helped people to find their way into mindfulness and meditation [16:23]

- What drives people to mindfulness practice and the expectations that they have [17:16]

- How he has managed to engage people in meditation via the internet [20:23]

- The practice and benefits of social noting [27:53]

- How people can participate in any meditations with Buddhist Geeks and pragmatic dharma training [29:44]

- Ways in which online training can be beneficial over in person training [38:27] 

Connect with Vincent: 

Website: http://www.vincenthorn.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/vincenthorn

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/vincenthorn

Listen to Buddhist Geeks: 

https://www.buddhistgeeks.org/

On each episode of the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast, Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness & the use of technology in the modern age. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/. Come back often & feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application.

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https://Facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness

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Jan 29 2019

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Rank #15: Ep. 6 - Neil Seligman, Founder of The Conscious Professional

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Neil Seligman is the Founder of http://www.theconsciousprofessional.com , the Author of 100 Mindfulness Meditations and one of the UK’s leading experts in Corporate Mindfulness, Wellbeing and Professional Resilience. In this episode Neil discusses about his work at The Conscious Professional and what his mission and goal is. According to Neil his practice brings skills of mindfulness to professionals. His vision is enlightened executives and conscious businesses. Neil links mindfulness to professional excellence, and his vision is to find the missing link in many professionals who are not able to express themselves in the exterior reality. The internal world is the key to emotional intelligence and we have to find peace within ourselves.Connect with Neil:www.theconsciousprofessional.comOn each episode of the Technology For Mindfulness podcast, Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness & the use of technology in the modern age. Show notes can be found at www.technologyformindfulness.com/podcast.Follow us on:Twitter.com/TechForMindful Facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/Subscribe Here:iTunes: http://apple.co/2opAqpnStitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/robert-plotkin/technology-for-mindfulnessSoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/technologyformindfulnessTuneIn: http://tunein.com/radio/Technology-For-Mindfulness-p963257/YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCadmsqRjuiilNT5bwHFHDfQRSS - http://feeds.feedburner.com/TechnologyForMindfulnessMusic courtesy of Tobu - Colors [NCS Release] http://tobumusic.com/https://youtu.be/MEJCwccKWG0http://www.soundcloud.com/7obuhttp://www.facebook.com/tobuofficialhttp://www.twitter.com/tobuofficialhttp://www.youtube.com/tobuofficial

Aug 07 2017

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Rank #16: 56: Teru Clavel - Technology Use in Classrooms Around the World

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In episode 56, Teru Clavel—author, speaker, and global mom—joins us for a discussion about world-class education for kids and the role that technology plays in the classroom. Together, we discuss the difference between learning with and without computers, tablets, and other forms of technology, and how that affects kids’ retention rates. 

Teru Clavel’s upcoming book World Class which is set for release on August 20, is a mix of a memoir, research, and takeaways. In this book, she takes us on the journey of raising her kids in 3 different countries. She explains how every education system (and it’s technology use) is very different based on its history and culture. What’s most important is that we all learn from one another, and grow in ways that will benefit kids in the school system. 

Resources: 

Teru Clavel’s Website

World Class by Teru Clavel - out August 20th

Teru Clavel’s Twitter

Teru Clavel’s Facebook Page

Teru Clavel’s Instagram

Teru Clavel’s LinkedIn

Teru Clavel’s YouTube Channel

Some Questions I Ask: 

  • What have you learned from kids around the world? (4:48)
  • How do cultures around the world handle kids’ use of technology? (9:51)
  • How is technology introduced to children in schools? (11:41)
  • What can teachers do at school to help with technology use in the classroom? (30:11)
  • What key things have you learned from your experiences around the world? (37:54)


What You’ll Learn: 

  • What strategies help mindfully separate your work-life from your home-life. (0:54)
  • Examples of how culture affects education systems around the world. (5:38)
  • What the US could learn from other countries. (15:01)
  • What “personalized learning” really means in the classroom. (18:10)
  • About the correlation between children’s technology use, learning outcomes, and overall development. (21:47)
  • How using technology to learn impacts long-term retention. (36:44) 

Jul 29 2019

45mins

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Rank #17: 36: Scilla Andreen, Producer Behind "Like" & "Angst"

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Scilla Andreen (pronounced Sheila) is the CEO and Co-Founder of IndieFlix and the founder of the IndieFlix Foundation. She is an Emmy nominated Costume Designer and award-winning Producer of such films as Outpatient, The Flats, Bit Players, The Empowerment Project and one of the producers of Screenagers, a documentary about how much screen time is healthy. She is a popular speaker at Sundance, Cannes, CES, SXSW, Women in Film, and other major industry events. Scilla believes film is the most powerful medium on the planet. Her mission is to use film to start conversations that become movements that can change the world for the better. Find more at http://thelikemovie.com/, https://www.screenagersmovie.com/, https://angstmovie.com/, https://www.indieflixfoundation.org/ and https://www.creativelive.com/.

On each episode of the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast, Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness & the use of technology in the modern age. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/. Come back often & feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application.

Follow us on:

https://Twitter.com/TechForMindful

https://Facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness

Subscribe to the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast via:

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Stitcher: https://www.stitcher.com/podcast/robert-plotkin/technology-for-mindfulness

TuneIn: https://tunein.com/podcasts/Technology-Podcasts/Technology-For-Mindfulness-p963257/

YouTube: https://youtube.com/channel/UCadmsqRjuiilNT5bwHFHDfQ

RSS: https://feeds.feedburner.com/TechnologyForMindfulness

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Oct 08 2018

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Rank #18: 48: Nick Wolny - The Four Protocols to curb your smartphone addiction

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Nick Wolny is a marketing and media strategist for coaches, consultants and entrepreneurs and has been featured on a variety of publications including The Wall Street Journal, Elephant Journal and Mens Health for his expertise on productivity, automation and self improvement. Recently, he’s been featured on FOX discussing Digital Decluttering and how to curb your smartphone addiction.

Tip of the Day: Monitor How Much time you actually use your smartphone and other devices.

There are ways to do this now with apps like Moment and the Screen Time Feature on iOS. If you spend one minute a day at the beginning or end of the day to see what apps your time has been spent on and how much you’re actually using your phone. Many people find that getting into this empirical data and being able to know exactly where your time is being spent, can motivate you to change your behaviour. See if monitoring your device time can help you introduce some changes!

Some of the questions I ask:

  • When was it that you became concerned about smartphone addiction? [2:44]
  • What were some of the first things that you started to try to do to address it? [5:42]
  • What would you say to people who have concerns about not being able to implement a series of steps or protocols to be mindful with technology and use technology less? [12:20]
  • Our culture has come to value the autonomy in working conditions that technology has bought us. How can we make our time use more intentional? [14:12]
  • Are there any new techniques or ways of thinking that are now emerging that go in a different direction from amping up the level more and more? [18:16]
  • From the point of view of consumers, what else can we do in addition to the protocols to take that awareness of how the marketing landscape is changing so that we can be protective of ourselves? [20:45]
  • Do you have any motivation or small steps that you could recommend for people to try to be more mindful with their smartphone use? [23:16]


What you’ll learn:

  • How Nick came to be passionate about smartphone addiction by observing his own behavioural patterns around technology [2:51]
  • Ways to be more diligent with your time [6:02]
  • How flexible hours can actually be working against us [6:23]
  • Some tips if you’re an entrepreneur in a client service based industry and a lot of your deliverables rely on being connected [7:12]
  • The Wake Up protocol [7:38]
  • A Warm Up protocol [8:27]
  • The Completion protocol [10:03]
  • Have a night time protocol [10:59]
  • How our perception is that we have less time than we actually have available [12:58]
  • The ubiquity of information and how people consume social media in a mindless state of scrolling [15:10]
  • The game is changing on how to make people aware of brands and business’ because people’s attention is totally fried [17:58]
  • How attention is currency and some of the ways you can get people into your corner from a marketing perspective [19:44]
  • When everything is getting faster, it comes down to you and taking personal responsibility for your smartphone use and consumption [21:28]
  • Take one of the four protocols and take the smaller steps to implement them into your life [23:41]

Resources:

Nick Wolny Website

Moment App

Screen Time App

Gary Vaynerchuk

Apr 08 2019

28mins

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Rank #19: 58: Richard Chambers - A Smiling Mind With Technology

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In episode 58, Dr. Richard Chambers joins us for an engaging discussion about how he encourages and teaches people to experiment with their use of technology. In particular, he prompts them to pay attention to both how they feel subjectively when they are using technology in different ways, in different situations, and also how they feel when not using it at all.

Dr. Richard Chambers is a clinical psychologist and leading mindfulness expert. He feels his calling is working with and teaching mindfulness, focus, and distraction control in schools and universities. For Richard, mindfulness provides him with the experience of freedom from all the rumination and worry that clouds his mind, and he strives to share that with others, too.

Resources:

Richard Chamber’s Website

Smiling Mind Meditation App

Dr. Richard Chambers’ TEDx Talk

Mindful Learning by Dr. Rich Chambers

Some Questions I Ask:

·     How did you get into mindfulness? (4:03)

·     What is your philosophy about mindfulness fits into a curriculum? (9:03)

·     What are the most common serious issues around technology that your students? (13:16)

·     What challenges do you experience when working with people who never experienced life before smartphones and technology? (15:33)

·     How is Smiling Mind different from other meditation apps? (29:09)

What You’ll Learn:

·     How to measure your technology use and how it affects your experience with technology. (0:50)

·     How technology use negatively impacts learning outcomes and mental health. (13:34)

·     How everyday technology and social media exacerbates cyberbullying, depression, and narcissism. (15:43)

·     How Richard teaches mindfulness through experiments. (18:24)

·     The difference between multi-tasking and attention-switching. (24:54)

·     Why technology is addicting. (34:34)

Aug 26 2019

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Rank #20: Ep. 7 - Mark Bauerlein, Author Of "Dumbest Generation: How Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans"

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Mark Bauerlein earned his doctorate in English at UCLA in 1988 & has taught at Emory since 1989, with a two-and-a-half year break in 2003-05 to serve as the Director, Office of Research & Analysis, at the National Endowment for the Arts. Apart from his scholarly work, he publishes in popular periodicals such as The Wall Street Journal, The Weekly Standard, The Washington Post, TLS, and Chronicle of Higher Education. His latest book, "The Dumbest Generation: How the Digital Age Stupefies Young Americans and Jeopardizes Our Future (Or, Don 't Trust Anyone Under 30), is available for purchase online at https://www.amazon.com/Dumbest-Generation-Stupefies-Americans-Jeopardizes/dp/1585427128 Along the same topics, Mark also wrote “The Digital Divide: Arguments for and Against Facebook, Google, Texting, and the Age of Social Networking” available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1585428868/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_ep_dp_eiAOzbG3FFNNX Find more info on Mark Bauerlein at http://english.emory.edu/home/people/faculty/faculty_pages/bauerlein.html On each episode of the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast, Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness & the use of technology in the modern age. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/, & you can also follow the show at Twitter.com/TechForMindful & Facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/. Come back often & feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application. Follow us on: Twitter.com/TechForMindful Facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness Subscribe to the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast via: iTunes: apple.co/2opAqpn Stitcher: http://www.stitcher.com/podcast/robert-plotkin/technology-for-mindfulness SoundCloud: @technologyformindfulness TuneIn: http://tunein.com/radio/Technology-For-Mindfulness-p963257/ YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UCadmsqRjuiilNT5bwHFHDfQ RSS: feeds.feedburner.com/TechnologyForMindfulness Music courtesy of Tobu - Colors [NCS Release] https://youtu.be/MEJCwccKWG0 http://www.7obu.com http://www.soundcloud.com/7obu http://www.facebook.com/tobuofficial http://www.twitter.com/tobuofficial http://www.youtube.com/tobuofficial

Aug 28 2017

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