Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 2817 Technology Tips Summer 2016 | Below are some tips to avoid Internet overload: Make deliberate choices about time. Glance at a clock before you begin scrolling through social media, perusing the latest headlines or checking email. Give yourself a time limit for the task, and stick to it. Plan specific technology-free times. Consider totally signing off of all forms of technology for at least an hour every day, perhaps during your workout, while you play with the kids or as you wind down before bed. Close the laptop, put the tablet away and stop swiping through your smartphone. Help yourself focus. Don’t just minimize — close all the windows and apps that you aren’t actively using. Like when you have a mile-long to-do list that isn’t achievable, leaving multiple tabs open can visually cue a sense of being unaccomplished. Own your morning. Hitting the alarm, rolling over to grab your smartphone and immediately checking emails in bed is no way to start the day. Meditate, get dressed, have breakfast with your family — whatever your morning routine, give it a try without the distraction of a flickering computer screen or the white noise of TV. Don’t try to be all the things! It’s easy to feel like you’re the one missing out if you aren’t on every social network. For your own sanity, be picky when deciding which platform(s) you should join, and don’t feel obligated to jump on any bandwagon for the sake of joining. Don’t neglect face-to-face time. Remember that although social networking can bring us closer together, nothing can replace a warm hug. As overwhelming as technology can be, it opens up a whole new world of entertainment, information and networking. If you use your devices wisely, you can enjoy efficiency and communication in an unprecedented way. Get connected today at