15Technology Is a Terrible Master

Technology can be a powerful tool, but it can also be a drain on your mental energy, and a source of procrastination in and of itself. Don’t be chained to your smartphone! Take the time to declutter, detox, and recharge.


1. First things first: declutter. Instead of allowing yourself to be tossed about in a torrent of email and other digital communication, take control. Just because someone sends you an email doesn’t mean that he or she owns a piece of your life. Use the checklist below to declutter.

Digital Decluttering Checklist

Unsubscribe to all unwanted newsletters and other mass emails. If you get notifications ...

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