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Reduce technology distractions

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You can’t do away with technology altogether. However, you can manage it better so that it doesn’t steal your focus from more important matters:

Make it less accessible. With your smartphone at arm’s length 24/7, you can’t escape those distracting beeps and vibrations. When you need to focus on an important task or people, turn off your phone and other technology, and concentrate.

Push through boredom. Without technology grabbing your attention, you may feel bored because you’re used to multitasking, not experiencing quiet, focused time. Work through the boredom, but take a break every hour, and move around to get your blood flowing. Don’t jump on social media.

Stop feeling like you’re missing out. You don’t have to be available to co-workers, friends or even family members every second of the day. Let people know when you’re unavailable by setting an email and text auto-response or hanging a sign on your door. No one will fault you for blocking out interruption-free time or by auto-responding to texts with “I’m unavailable now because I’m spending time with my family.”

—Adapted from “Distracted Minds: 3 Tips to Disconnect From Tech and Increase Productivity,” Alison DeNisco, TechRepublic, www.techrepublic.com.

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