Lately, I’ve been craving a digital detox. A break from all the notifications, distractions & clutter that work its way into my life through my computer & phone, preventing me from being able to focus & live mindfully. I feel the need to starve all the distractions so that I can restore some balance and begin to feed my focus again. It’s something that I feel the need to do at least once a year. However, as the boundaries blur more easily with the integration of technology into our lives, the more often I crave opportunities to disconnect from everything.
Several years ago I vacationed in California and drove down the coast from San Francisco to Los Angeles. Along the way, I stayed a couple nights in a small cabin on the side of a mountain in Big Sur. There was a limited supply of electric each day, a wood stove and a telephone with a cord that plugged into the wall (that was probably the first time I used a phone like that in 10 years). There was no cell phone reception, no wi-fi, no internet whatsoever. It was rustic, charming, peaceful and restorative. While I always felt I had a reasonable relationship with technology, this trip reminded me of the true benefit of disconnecting. *SIGH* It would be amazing to be back in the place right now (however, to be honest, I could do without the spiders this time 🙈).
Since I’m far from having an opportunity to be in a location like that where I’m forced to disconnect, I’m going to make it happen for myself. I’m taking the next 7 days to do a summer digital detox and I’d love for you to join me. All you need to do is watch this week’s video where I’m sharing a little background on how I like to approach a digital detox, as well as some insight on multitasking, our enemy FOMO and our friend JOMO (inspired by one of my favorite podcasts, ‘Note to Self’). Then, simply follow me on Instagram (@JeffreyPhillipJP) and join the challenge by following my Instagram stories for the next week. It’s going to be easy, fun and restorative – promise! 😊
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ON THE TWELFTH DAY OF NEATNESS…
Well, here we are. The 12th Day of Neatness and it’s from one of my most favorite companies around. I’ve been a huge fan of Bluelounge for a long time and am always excited to see what new neat product they’ve put to market. The Sanctuary 4 caught my eye and it easily checks off several boxes on my neat-products-must-have list. Check this puppy out.
The Sanctuary 4 is a home docking station capable of charging several combinations of some of your most used electronic devices all in one go. The dock packs a 4-amp power punch to bring renewed life to 2 iPads, 1 iPad and 2 iPhones or 4 iPhones all at once while simply looking fabulous.
My favorite part: cord clutter is no where to be found! And let me tell you, nothing gets my eyes twitching quite as much as when I see a nest of tangled cords. Whether they’re in your office, your kitchen, your bedroom or your living room – messy cord chaos is usually among the first things I abolish when I start a home organization project. Cord clutter is my archenemy number one and I routinely lean on the folks at Bluelounge for their unbelievably smart, clean and thoughtful approach to eliminating messy cord catastrophes.
The Sanctuary 4 can do just that for your home all with a brilliant, compact and simple docking station that looks as good as it performs. I truly can’t think of a better, more appropriate way to end the 12 Days of Neatness than by encouraging everyone to bid adieu to their own tangled messes and give a quick power punch to those tech devices we love and adore so much.
I sincerely hope you’ve enjoyed these 12 Days of Neatness and had as much fun reading them as I have had writing them. I look forward to a bright and exciting 2014 with all new, innovative and, of course, *neat* products and wonderful gift ideas to share with you along the way!
Until then, Happy Holidays and Merry Neatness!
Struggling to arrive at your destination on time? Then you need to BOUNCE! Designed to make sure that you leave at the correct time, Bounce is an app that allocates time for traffic, as well as a buffer for other distractions or possible delays along the way so that you can always arrive on time. Originally launched for Android phones, Bounce is currently raising funding for the release of its iPhone app later this year. While I haven’t yet tested the legitimacy and the science of the app, I can already think of several people who this app is perfect for! Do you know anyone who needs to Bounce?
Are you frequently losing your keys, or looking to lighten the load in your pocket or purse? If you answered yes, then Lockitron may be perfect for you. The new, keyless entry system that fits over your current deadbolt lock, Lockitron allows you to lock or unlock your door without a key and from anywhere in the world. Lockitron is compatible with every phone on the market so whether you have a Windows phone, an iPhone, an Android, or no smartphone at all, Lockitron will work for you. With over 14,000 Lockitrons currently pre-ordered, this simple, new way to enter your home is expected to hit the market in the Fall of this year.
I have to say the thought of coming home with my arms full of groceries, mail, dry cleaning and being able to open the door without a key would be an incredible convenience and luxury!
It’s one of those days where my desk is overwhelmed by papers, tools and electronics, so I thought it would be the perfect time to share a great solution that I recently discovered (and am considering purchasing for myself – after all, no one loves a tidy desk as much as I do).
Like all great inventions, the Desk Rail was designed out of a need that many of us encounter almost every day – a desk covered with items ranging from eyeglasses to notebooks, and the constant desire and need to wrangle that cluttery chaos in order to stay focused. Whether you work as a design professional (as the creators of the Desk Rail do at the firm Push Start Creative) or an accountant, the Desk Rail can help tidy-up your desk and lend a helping hand by holding important items (e.g. flash drives, keys, access cards, etc), acting as a charging station for your many electronic devices and gadgets, being a secretary (e.g. holding up documents, notebooks and tablets)… the list goes on and on for the various ways you can use this amazing and simple solution at work, or even at home. Check out this little video to the Desk Rail in action.
When living in a small space, it is important to make every inch count; even those couple inches behind the sofa, bed or media console that are often taken up by cords sticking out of the electrical outlets in the wall. While many of us still try to make use of this space by shoving the furniture as close as possible and bending the power cords, there is a safer and more practical way to get your furniture closer to the wall.
Hug-A-Plug, the 90-degree angle outlet extension, allows you to plug your cords in parallel to the wall so you can safely place your furniture or appliances a couple inches closer. You can even create more connections in each outlet due to Hug-A-Plug’s stackable design.
This tiny, made in the USA problem solver is guaranteed to answer years of frustration for all!