Focus & Digital Balance

Blogging about Digital Detox and unplugging, customizing our connectivity, new technologies, distraction management, and a healthy lifestyle in our hyperconnected world

Weniger vor dem Smartphone hängen…

Viele Menschen nehmen sich vor, endlich mal weniger Zeit mit dem Smartphone zu verbringen – und scheitern häufig. Wie kann man solch ein Ziel gut erreichen? Wir haben Tipps vom Psychologie-Professor Roy F. Baumeister zur Zielerreichung mal auf das Ziel „Smartphonenutzung reduzieren“ angewendet:

1) Man sollte sich realistische Ziele setzen. Beginne beispielsweise damit, Dein Smartphone täglich für eine halbe Stunde “pausieren” zu lassen. OFFTIME kann Dir mit der Ziele-Funktion helfen, Ziele zu setzen.

2) Man sollte sein Verhalten gut einschätzen und beobachten. Beobachte also Dein Smartphoneverhalten – hierbei kann Dir die Insights-Funktion von OFFTIME helfen.

3) Man sollte schöne Dinge nicht verbieten, sondern gedanklich auf später verschieben. Dies ist ein einfacher psychologischer Trick, der umgehen soll, dass verbotene Dinge einem noch attraktiver erscheinen. Es gibt Funktionen deines Smartphones, die dir Spaß bringen? Mach Dir bewusst, dass Du Dir Smartphonenutzung nicht verbietest, sondern nur auf später verschiebst.

4) Belohne Dich für erreichte Ziele. Überlege Dir Dinge, mit denen Du Dich belohnen wirst, wenn Du Deine gesetzten Ziele erreicht hast!

Auf geht’s!! :-)


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Quelle: Baumeister & Tierney: Willpower: Why Self-Control is the Secret to Success (2011)

Establishing Distinctions: OFFTIME sits down with Sarah Genner

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This week, we had the pleasure of inviting Sarah Genner over for an exchange of ideas, and a little Q&A. Sarah Genner is a researcher in the field of media psychology- but hails from a diverse academic background that also includes media studies, communications, political science, and linguistics. She’s about to complete her PhD at Zurich University, and in September she’ll take up a guest posting at the Harvard Berkman Center for Internet and Society.
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The Aestheticization of Unplugging

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A still from Focus: Life Gear’s promotional video

From Fitbit to Google Glass, we’ve all heard about the advent of wearable technology, even if we’ve never experienced it first-hand. While it hasn’t exploded in the way that some tech-hype-enthusiasts had predicted, it’s only in its genesis phase.  A recent study by the Pew Research Center has shown that 83% of industry experts believe that by 2025, wearable technology and the Internet of Things will dominate the mainstream. But, as Rob Walker pointed out in his piece for Yahoo! Tech last month, there’s a fascinating counterculture emerging: “some of the most interesting gadgetized accessories these days have an unusual twist: their real function is to thwart or disable technology. Call it the rise of wearable anti-tech.” Continue reading

The Power of Unlugging: The Wider Discussion at re:publica and beyond


At ( OFFTIME ), we strive to promote active discourse on how we want to live and work in this hyperconnected world. Wherever we go, we bring the discussion with us, and re:publica 14 was no exception. We got people thinking and talking about information overload, the benefits of unplugging, and their on/off-line balance using different mediums. Here’s how: Continue reading

RE/CONNECT at re:publica 14 – RECAP


In partnership with simyo, ( OFFTIME ) proudly hosted the RE/CONNECT space at re:publica 14, one of Europe’s largest social media conferences. As digital revellers of every species made their way around the conference, over five hundred gravitated towards the RE/CONNECT space to take a little time out, and to make a statement about their on/off-line lives. RE/CONNECT was also the setting for the successful launch of our app, ‘( OFFTIME ) Preview’. Continue reading