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Recently, more people are trying to unplug, and they're chronicling their experiences for the rest of us. Paul Miller of The Verge spent a whole year without the internet, Mashable's Vignesh Ramachandran just attended a tech-free summer camp for adults called The Digital Detox, and we're inspired by Fast Company's #unplug series.
We can relate.
Information overload is real, and it's important to #unplug for creativity and sanity. Stated, we also realize most people don't always have the luxury of doing so, and that includes most of us at Microsoft. One of our dev teams even built an internal app, called Focus Time, to shut off electronic distractions. The app, which was downloaded internally thousands of times, switches Outlook to offline mode and sets Lync to "Do Not Disturb," so we can work without electronic distractions.
For those who can't escape to a tech-free summer camp, here are some tips on how to put your technology to work for you - stopping it from distracting you and helping you harness it as a force for good.
We thought it was only appropriate to close this post with our favorite "cone of silence" scene from the remake of Get Smart. Case in point- technology can help and hurt, but we think you'll be able to find some peace of mind with these tips. What are your secrets to sanity? Talk back to @Office about what helps you #unplug.