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Tame Your Tech Habit

Reclaim your attention with these helpful tools.

tame your tech habit

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The power of off

In The Power of Off, psychotherapist and interfaith minister Nancy Colier offers guidance for resetting your relationship with technology, including practices for mindful use and a blueprint for a 30-day digital detox. About $16 from booksellers. www.nancycolier.com

Can’t Put It Down

Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked

Technology addiction affects us all. In Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked, marketing professor Adam Alter explains how we got here. About $27 from booksellers. www.adamalterauthor.com

Time Rescue


The WasteNoTime browser extension is the enforcer you’ve been waiting for: It will lock down your Internet access for as long as you need to be free from any online distractions. Free. www.bumblebeesystems.com

A Room of Your Own


Focusing on a piece of writing when notifications keep appearing on your screen is an exercise in frustration. The OmmWriter program helps you shut the virtual door on such distractions so you can write in peace. About $5. www.ommwriter.com

Look Up

Moment app

Ever wonder exactly how much time you spend staring down at your phone? The Moment app will tell you. In addition to tracking screen time, it also lets you set a daily limit for yourself (and your kids). You’ll be notified — or locked out — when you go over (although you can always make emergency calls). 99 cents. www.inthemoment.io

Be Present

Mindfulness Bell

Instead of using your iPhone to check out, use this app as a reminder to check in. The Mindfulness Bell sounds a Tibetan singing bowl at intervals throughout the day to cue you to stop, take a breath, and return to the present moment. Free. www.spotlightsix.com

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