Unplug!

Now that the semester is in full swing, and we are all trying to do 10 things at once, maybe it's time to step back for a moment and think about ways to reduce stress AND be more productive.

There is a lot of talk now about the wisdom of multi-tasking and the dangers of distraction from the many electronic devices in our lives. While it once was thought that listening, watching, checking, texting, reading, AND talking simultaneously meant we could accomplish more, quicker, the value of unplugging and good old-fashioned concentration is fast becoming trendy.

There's actually a National Day of Unplugging set for March. And Web sites like "Unplug and Reconnect" are popping up. There are Huffington posts on unplugging and articles on multitasking. Did you know multitasking makes you dumber than being stoned?

Check out tips on being more productive by doing LESS. And try turning everything off once in a while, to see what silence and solitude feel like. There's a whole big world around you. Look up from your screens and phones once in a while, listen to sounds of nature, connect with people, do ONE thing really well, and see what happens!

About Sue Waterman

Librarian for German and Romance Languages and Literature, the Humanities Center, and the Program in Jewish Studies. Curator for Modern European Literature

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