How A “Technology Shabbat” Can Boost Productivity

One techie tells how taking a regular break from gadgets boosts her productivity and creativity.

Tiffany Shlain has been a techie for a lot longer than most. She is the creator of the Webby awards, after all (not to mention an award-winning filmmaker).

With such an impressive (and tech-infused) resume, one would assume that Shlain must be plugged in at all times — but that is not the case. Shlain actually insists on one tech-free day a week in her household:

In your AOL series, you talk about having one day a week when your family unplugs — your “Technology Shabbat.” What’s that like, and does it help you with your work/life balance?
I’m a mother who’s very into being with my kids when they come home from school, but I’m trying to maximize my creative time, which has been a big focus in the last couple of years. I have been so on fire creatively, and I also love being with my kids, so I unplug on the weekends. I feel like I’ve gotten a lot more productive… when I really give myself a full break. There’s a point where I need to do something so I keep a pad of paper and I just write down things I’m worried I’ll forget. It’s almost like I’m emptying my anxiety.

Readers, do you ever impose tech-free time on yourself?

To hear more from Shlain, including how she came to create the Webby awards, read: So What Do You Do, Tiffany Shlain, Filmmaker And Founder Of The Webby Awards?

— Aneya Fernando