how it works
how does techtimeout work?
The good news is that you can redefine your relationship with tech and the way it makes you feel. You can become more conscious of your usage individually or as a workplace. It’s not quite as easy as saying “I’m going to use my phone less” – we’ve all tried that one and soon slip back into our old ways. Instead, it’s about having the tools and awareness to create new habits and set boundaries, to discover and retain a tech/life balance that works for you.
build a new relationship with tech
The concept of a digital addiction can seem overdramatic but please hear us out...
In any public place, look around and you will often find that the majority of people have their head down looking at their phone. Some may be checking directions or speaking to a friend but it's also likely that some are simply mindlessly scrolling as an alternative to doing nothing.
62% of consumers in the UK say that they can't imagine their lives without a mobile phone and many are experiencing repetitive strain injuries that are now labelled "texting thumb" and "text neck". There's no denying that screens are a huge part of our lives but with something so powerful in the palm of our hand, it's important to make sure we're using it in a way that benefits us.
We want to help you discover whether tech is supporting or undermining your wellbeing and productivity. We can then work with you and provide knowledge and tools to enable you to build a new, healthier relationship with tech.
... so where do we start?
How does techtimeout work?
the first step is awareness
As with any dependency the first step is awareness; an awareness of the impact of forever being connected to technology as a nation and also an awareness of how it could be impacting you personally. Did you know that your ability to focus is reduced when your phone in sight? That’s even if you’re not actively checking it. It’s a proven barrier to productivity for individuals and businesses alike.
Unlike many other dependencies people are not normally backwards in coming forwards in talking about it. The majority of people happily admit that they spend too much time scrolling and would like to get their life back. In our workshops and resources, we raise awareness about the impact of this overdependence, to inspire you to do something about it at home and in the workplace.
the second step is knowledge
Once you have awareness of how tech is potentially impacting your home or workplace, it's now time to learn about the steps you can take to be in control of your tech, and not the other way around.
We can help you understand the common triggers and take you through a plan for taking action. Every individual and workplace has a different relationship with technology and what works for one person may not work for another. We give you the tools and resources and we can work with you to decide how it can work for you.
... and finally, take action
By introducing new practices and boundaries you can experience the benefits straight away. It takes time to create new habits so it's not always easy but with our tips and tools you can be much more conscious of your usage and recognise when you revert to old ways.
For employers, it’s important for leaders and managers to lead the way. By setting an example and creating the right policies and embracing the movement, your employees will feel empowered to take action.
You can create a tech/life balance that nurtures relationships and helps you thrive personally and professionally.
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
"The concept of techtimeout and the support around it has helped my team enjoy a healthier relationship with technology. In particular I’ve found our meetings are now more focused and more productive"
Managing Director, FBC Manby Bowdler
"We spend too much time living through technology rather than connecting in real life. It's lazy and it distracts you from fully experiencing what is happening in that moment. And none of that is good for our mental health."
Lead Clinical Psychologist