log out, look up and take a techtimeout...
Thanks for stopping by. If you’re here, chances are, like us, you’re a little worried about how tech is starting to take over your life.
You may be prone to mindless scrolling, lack of focus, and a feeling of overwhelm that you just can't shift. But do not fear, you can start making changes that will have a positive impact straight away.
We’re here to provide straightforward and actionable tips and techniques to help you deal with digital distractions and build a healthier relationship with tech. We want to help individuals and workplaces use tech effectively. It's not about removing it completely - but giving people the tools and know-how to embrace technology in a way that's productive and healthy for them.
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You don't need us to tell you that we're more connected than ever and rely on technology every day.
Would you believe us if we said you can get more out of tech by being connected less? It's true and by introducing good tech habits and sending boundaries you can feel more productive and less overwhelmed right away.
working from home?
Finding work/life balance can understandably be difficult when working from home.
generate a techtimeout idea
Struggling for ideas on what to do away from your screen?
We've got an interactive tool launching soon but in the meantime here are some ideas.
improve productivity and focus
The Pomodoro technique is a tried and tested way to maximise productivity. Remove distractions, set your timer and get work done.
If you don't do this already, take a minute to learn more and see how it can work for you.
what are people saying
We truly believe in the benefits of techtimeout, but don’t just take our word for it.
"The concept of being addicted to technology isn't something I'd particularly thought about previously. We all use tech in the office and we have innovated utilising technology across the business which has pushed us ahead of the curve for years. However techtimeout has given us a new appreciation of some of the negative impacts of technologies and how we can adapt our practices to be more mindful of these adverse effects."
Managing Director, National Hometyre Group
"This is an incredibly important and needed service. Businesses need to prepare now for the adverse impact of the digital overload their employees have been and will continue to experience.
The guidance that techtimeout provides makes it easy for businesses to put the right support in place for employees."
Lisa Williams BSc (hons) and DClinPsy
Lead Clinical Psychologist, The Autism Service
"We’re in the PR & communications business. In today’s digital world that means we inevitably spend a lot of time on tech. The health and well-being of our team is paramount. They know they can take a break, go for a walk, take time out any time of the day but we know all companies aren’t like us. That’s why techtimeout is such a fantastic initiative – by encouraging leaders to engage with staff on the issue of mental health and wellness it has put the issue on the national business agenda."
Be Bold Media
"It's very easy for the act of making time away from the screen to slip down the priority list, so the techtimeout campaign came at a great time in a year where the divide between work and home life has got increasingly blurry. It was great to intentionally get out for a walk at lunchtime and leave my phone at home, and I noticed how much more recharged I felt for the rest of the day. This is definitely something that I would like to keep up!"
Birmingham St Marys Hospice
"Working from home can be all tech consuming, with having no colleagues to chat to in the break out area I feel I have been taking my phone to my kitchen to tweet, or send a quick message.
techtimeout enabled me to be more disciplined and encouraged me to step away from everything tech-related. I felt more refreshed for having a break. A really good self-care tool I will be applying to my working day! "
Wellbeing Manager, Paycare
"In a world where a phone, tablet, computer, games consoles and all the other screens we see daily are prolific, it’s important to step back and appreciate that they're only machines. The initiative by techtimeout was an important idea to me to ensure I help my daughter grow up with a healthy relationship with technology, not just being glued to the thing like I find myself far too often."
"The majority of our employees are being forced to work remotely due to the Coronavirus Pandemic and are more reliant than ever on using technology to stay in touch. Their wellbeing is of great concern to us. We encouraged our staff to take 10 minutes away from their laptops, to go for a lunchtime walk, or a walk before or after work as part of techtimeout tuesday."
Cllr. Graham Breeze
Powys County Council
"The techtimeout10 challenge made a huge difference to the team. We all made the effort to turn off and go outside or do something we loved, and we shared what we were doing with each other - everyone had smiles on their faces and it was great for me as a manager to know that my staff were taking some time out for themselves and stepping away from their screens"
Managing Director, J&PR