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Texting with friends, scrolling through social media feeds, and checking our email just one more time: Every day we become a little more reliant on digital technology to do our work, stay informed, and remain connected with friends and family. The more we lean into technology, the harder it can be to get away from it.
Having a digital addiction means having the inability to control our use of technology — an affliction that approximately two-thirds of the population appears to have to some extent, according to Trend Hunter. Break the habit (or avoid it!) with these four tips.
1. Track tech habits. Measuring and acknowledging how much time you spend on technology puts the problem into perspective. This information alone may be incentive to cut back. Apps like Moment (InTheMoment.io) and QualityTime (QualityTimeApp.com) help you track and manage time spent on technology.
2. Don’t trust yourself. We may think we can just kick the digital habit at any time, but that’s the problem with a habit. Avoid temptation by removing digital devices from reach. Lock them up or give them to someone else to hold on to for a certain amount of time or at certain times of the day. Also, keep them out of the bedroom at night.
3. Turn off notifications. Every time you’re notified about a new email, message, or news update, there’s a compelling reason to drop what you’re doing and check in with your tech. Disable all but the most urgent notifications from your web and mobile apps.
4. Ease into a digital detox. It’s healthy to take a break from technology, but like any addiction, start small. Have a meal without your smartphone at your side. Then go for a shopping trip without it. You don’t need to quit using technology altogether; instead, focus on easing up on your dependency.
Replacing a vehicle’s engine is costly and inconvenient. Keep yours running as long as possible with a few key good habits.
Renting a home is temporary, but the upgrades you make don’t need to be. Update your rental home with these ideas … and then take them with you when you move.
On the walls: Add removable wallpaper and framed art. Use creative shelving units to hide awkward outlets. Choose new curtains.
In the bathroom: Upgrade the showerhead. Choose a new shower curtain.
Upgrade electricals: Install your own light fixtures throughout the home. Swap standard light switches with dimmer switches. Add a smart thermostat and wireless speakers.
Add personality: Add color with furniture covers and throw pillows. Use removable washi tape or stainless-steel contact paper on boring appliances (find both at craft or home stores). Place plants throughout the home. Switch bland door knobs and kitchen hardware for more stylish ones.
Learning to drive can be stressful and scary — for new teen drivers and the people teaching them to drive. Improve the process by following this five-step method when you practice together, and ease both your fears.
1. Make a plan for driving lessons.
Decide where your teen will be driving, how he/she’ll get there, and what skills you’ll be practicing. The best way to become a better driver is to drive, so give your teen lots of time behind the wheel in lots of scenarios, including “scary” conditions like driving at night, in heavy traffic, and in bad weather.
2. Provide clear instructions.
Avoid yelling or panicking. Instead, use a calm, even tone to instruct your teen on what to do. Don’t distract with superfluous conversation, especially with a brand-new driver.
3. Avoid distractions.
Model the behavior you want your teen to have, both while teaching him/her to drive, and when you’re behind the wheel and your teen is in the passenger seat. Don’t text or fiddle with tech when driving. Don’t eat or drink. Keep music to a minimal volume.
4. Evaluate the experience together, especially if it was tricky.
When your teen has reached the planned destination, talk about the drive. What went well? What went wrong? How could the situation be handled better next time? Offer praise where appropriate and point out opportunities for improvement.
5. Maintain a progress log together.
After each drive, note where and how long your teen drove, what the conditions were, and the skills practiced. This is a great place to make notes from your joint evaluation so you can remember to revisit skills that need a bit more practice.