the techtimeout10 challenge

we're challenging you, your family and your workplace...

Screen time is understandably on the rise and we need technology to keep us connected.

But we can't ignore the impact of overusing our devices and endlessly scrolling social media.

Several studies reveal that technology is addictive (but we bet you knew that anyway!). It's shown to impact mental health, productivity and relationships for people of all ages. 

The techtimeout10 challenge is designed to raise awareness of the dependency we have on technology and the benefits that can be had from truly disconnecting.

Join hundreds of others and start the challenge as an individual, group or workplace...

start the challenge


how it works...

Follow the steps below, every day for 10 days!
Choose a time

choose a length of time

Decide how much time you're going to spend away from technology.

Pick a time that challenges you but don't worry we're not asking you to disconnect for long! It could be 20, 40 or over 60 minutes. You can pick a time that suits your schedule and mix it up each day.

step 2 - choose an activity

choose a tech-free activity

Choose how you're going to spend your tech-free time. This could be reading, baking, painting or exercise - the list is endless.

You could use it as an opportunity to learn something new - like a new skill, language or musical instrument.

See some more ideas here.

step 3 - phone out of sight

put your phone away (out of sight) and enjoy

It's proven that having your phone in sight can impact your focusing power - even if you're not actively using it. 

This is why we created the techtimeout challenge bags so that you can get your phone out of sight, and out of your mind. 

Our challenge bags are available to buy here or if you're looking to purchase on behalf of a business you can contact us for a business pack.

Alternatively, you could use a sock... preferably a clean one!

start the challenge

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share what you get up to using #tto10

Together we can change the way people use technology.

Challenge your friends, family and colleagues to take part too!


We've compiled a list of some of the commonly asked questions about the techtimeout10 

Still got questions? Get in touch with us.


what are people saying

We truly believe in the benefits of techtimeout, but don’t just take our word for it.

Simon Blake

“So much of our time both at work and at home is spent on phones and computers, with notifications popping up here, there, and everywhere. Technology has so much power for good, but only if we also know how to step away from it and give our brain and body the chance to both enjoy the power of connection with people, nature, and rest.

At MHFA England®, we are proudly paving the way for positive mental health in the workplace, and as part of our approach to wellbeing we will be partnering with techtimeout to host this year's digital wellbeing day ‘techtimeout tuesday’ on 28 November to encourage improvements in our digital habits, and we'll be encouraging our network of Mental Health First Aiders to get involved too."

Simon Blake

CEO, Mental Health First Aid England

Be Bold Media

"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."

Amy Bould

Be Bold Media

Birmingham St Marys Hospice

"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!"

Helen Rawnsey

Birmingham St Marys Hospice


"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."

Chris Howey


Powys County Council

"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"

Rhea Alton

Managing Director, J&PR

are you ready for techtimeout?

It doesn't take much research to realise that we could all benefit from a healthier relationship with tech.

If you'd like to find out more about our what we do, or share your thoughts on technology use at home and in the workplace, get in touch today.

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