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June 4, 2015


"I fear the day when technology overlaps our humanity.
It will be then that the world will have
permanent ensuing generations of idiots."

Albert Einstein (perhaps)



At a recent talk on work-life balance, when I spoke about reducing technological clutter, I asked my audience, "What's your technology drug of choice?"


We all have at least one. It might be Facebook or Twitter. Candy Crush or Trivia Crack. An unhealthy habit of constantly checking emails or texts on your mobile devices. The TV news or online news sites. It's where you go to escape or out of fear that you're "missing out on something." Or when you need to be connected without actually speaking to anyone.


Technology addiction takes its toll on us physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. It can lead to serious health problems and broken relationships.



As a child, I loved playing Scrabble with my mom and dad. As an adult, I yearned for worthy opponents since my husband and kids preferred other games. I found them through Words with Friends. 


Last month, I realized I was getting too much of a good thing. I found myself feeling anxious about keeping up with the 11 simultaneous games I had going with four different friends. Within a month, I had whittled that down to just four games, which not only gave me more peace but also more wins since I took the time to make the best moves. (I explained to each why I was not accepting their other rematch requests, so no feelings were hurt during this process--and perhaps that prompted them to do the same!)


That got me thinking...where else could I make conscious choices to control my technology addiction instead of letting technology control me?


I'm experimenting with shutting my phone off when I meet friends and clients for lunch. I now charge my phone and other devices outside my bedroom at night. Last Saturday afternoon, I ran errands without my iPhone and survived. Actually, I left it at home by mistake and, after a moment of panic, I liked the feeling of being unplugged.


I'm inspired by what others are doing. A friend is planning an off-the-grid vacation with very limited Internet and cell phone service so she won't be tempted to keep checking in at the office.


A woman at my speaking event said her company recently established a policy against work emails on the weekends. They will monitor whether that makes sense. Another participant said she carries two phones: one for work and the other for family and friends. That helps her disconnect from one or the other.


If unplugging a little appeals to you, consider finding a buddy to brainstorm ideas and then commit to making healthy changes. You'll benefit from having someone that will hold you accountable as you both inevitably experience withdrawal symptoms and are tempted to revert to your old habits. 


Always keep in mind the benefits that come from less technology--like better personal and professional relationships and increased productivity at work. Focus on the "whys" to keep you on track. And, finally, be patient and kind to yourself. Even small changes will make a difference.


How do you, or will you, unplug? Take a moment to share your wisdom on my Facebook Page or reply back to me. I love hearing from you!


To Your Wisdom, 

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Reconnect, Reflect, Rejuvenate...You Deserve It!
If you're a woman who lives in the Atlanta area or can make a trip here, you're invited to join me for a special women's retreat on October 23 - 25 at the beautiful Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Georgia. 

Between the heat of summer and the frantic demands of the holidays, there is no better time to take time for yourself. As the leaves turn, the nights get longer and the days get cooler, we get the opportunity to reflect on who we are and where we're going. 

Walk through the woods. Meditate at the lake. Sit on your balcony as you write in your journal and take a moment to enjoy the beauty of an autumn sunset over the gardens.

No hustle. No bustle. Just a weekend for you to reconnect, reflect and rejuvenate in the beauty of nature and the company of other women there for the same reason.

I'll share the stage with a great group of women as I show you how to enjoy more balance in your life. It's the perfect way to prepare for your best year yet in 2016. I hope to see you there!


Have You Heard What They're Saying?
"Simple but brilliant! That's Tricia Molloy's 'Work-Life Balance Wisdom' program. 


"Tricia spoke to more than 600 AT&T employees at our headquarters in Dallas and via webcast to AT&T offices throughout the country. She got us to think about our lives in a different way. Her empowering message struck a chord with so many of us, regardless of our level or lifestyle. We followed up the event with a book giveaway to encourage participants to improve their balance by making conscious choices-like cleaning out technical clutter and using positive affirmations. 


"Even a respected senior executive who is known for her commitment to balance said she learned some new strategies that she'll apply right away."
Tiffany Jenkins, Director of Audit Services


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Her Working with Wisdom programs, CRAVE Your Goals!, DESIGN Your Ideal Life! and Work-Life Balance Wisdom, inspire people to be more positive, proactive and productive.

They are available as employee development talks, workshops and webinars, and conference keynotes. Join organizations like AT&T, GE, The Home Depot and the Network of Executive Women and benefit from these innovative programs.

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