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Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness and the use of technology in the modern age on the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/, and you can also follow us at https://twitter.com/TechForMindful and https://www.facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/. Come back often and feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application. Find more information at http://TechnologyForMindfulness.com/.
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Robert Plotkin, co-creator of the “Hack Your Mind” series at MIT, explores the intersection between the practice of mindfulness and the use of technology in the modern age on the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast. Show notes can be found at TechnologyForMindfulness.com/, and you can also follow us at https://twitter.com/TechForMindful and https://www.facebook.com/TechnologyForMindfulness/. Come back often and feel free to subscribe in iTunes or add the Technology For Mindfulness Podcast to your favorite podcast application. Find more information at http://TechnologyForMindfulness.com/.
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    88. Thanksgiving and Gratitude

    88. Thanksgiving and Gratitude

    Whilst the holidays won’t be going ahead the way we’d all initially hoped, there are still plenty of ways we can enjoy this season together and make a few socially distanced memories to solidify the year we’ve all collectively gone through.  
    I won’t sugar coat it, 2020 has been rough for a lot of us. Many out there are still recovering from the ongoing grief that this pandemic has brought with it and this time of year will be particularly difficult for those who have been directly affected by the virus. 
    So, I wanted to take this episode as an opportunity to share my tips on how we can all make these upcoming months a little brighter. It won’t be an easy feat, but I believe that with an optimistic outlook and an open mind, we can make the end of this year one to remember.  
    To hear more, tune in to Episode 88 of Technology for Mindfulness!
    What You’ll Learn:
    My advice on addressing the pressures COVID-19 has put on the holiday season (2:11)Why it’s important to practice gratitude during challenging times (3:19)How technology has allowed us to stay connected this year (7:10)Why I want to carry on the feeling of optimism beyond Thanksgiving (10:31)Why moderating our technology use during the holidays helps us to stay present (11:58)Ways to approach your virtual family gatherings (14:48)The benefits of getting together virtually (22:44)
    Connect With Robert Plotkin:
    Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedIn
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    • 28 min
    87: Overcoming Loss & Grief and Ways to Deal with It

    87: Overcoming Loss & Grief and Ways to Deal with It

    In today’s episode of Technology for Mindfulness, I wanted to bring attention to the types of grief that this pandemic has brought upon so many of us. Whether it be the loss of a loved one, a job, or a relationship, this year has definitely taken its toll and it will take time before a lot of us are ready to heal.
    I’m going to be sharing a few of the strategies that have helped me throughout the course of isolation and take a deep dive on how and why we respond to loss in the ways that we do. I’ll also be discussing the many benefits that mindfulness brings into our lives and how utilizing these tools can aid us in overcoming bouts of personal grief. 
    Tune in to Episode 87 to hear more! 
    What You’ll Learn:
    The different types of loss that Covid-19 has brought (1:14)How we usually tend to respond to loss (7:28)Where addictive, habitual and often unhealthy routines stem from (9:22)The benefits that mindfulness brings into our lives & How people are leveraging technology to stay connected during the pandemic (11:42)My tips for dealing with loss in ways that aren’t aversive (15:38)Ways to stay social while physically distancing (18:20)Why taking breaks from technology is so important (26:24)
    Connect With Robert Plotkin:
    Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedIn
    Resources:
    Website: ‘JamKazam’

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    • 29 min
    86: Dr. Jeff Gusky - Staying Mindfully Informed in the Midst of Crisis

    86: Dr. Jeff Gusky - Staying Mindfully Informed in the Midst of Crisis

    How we perceive information is majorly affected in the midst of a crisis. It impacts our ability to process news in a rational way and our response is often heavily influenced by our emotions. This makes us vulnerable to false and harmful information that sways public opinion and leads people to make uninformed decisions regarding such serious issues. 
    Learning to be mindfully aware of what is happening around us is a skill that takes time to master so obtaining the facts has never been more important. Joining me on the podcast today to discuss the science behind Covid-19 and share his tips on how we can safely control the spread, is world-renowned ‘National Geographic’ photographer and board-certified emergency physician, Dr. Jeff Gusky!
    In this episode, Jeff shares his insights into how humidity has played a key role in the increase of Coronavirus cases globally, how each individual immune system in our body functions, and the truth about herd immunity. 
    To learn more, tune in to Episode 86 of Technology for Mindfulness!
    Some Questions I Ask:
    Could you talk about the work you do surrounding Covid-19? (6:42)What does aerosol refer to? (17:25)What can people be doing to quell their anxieties at the moment? (36:20)
    What You’ll Learn:
    Why mindfulness helps us absorb information calmly and objectively (3:19)How the pandemic has affected each sector of the world (9:57)Jeff’s breakdown on each of the immune systems that function in our body (11:19)The difference between the aerosol and microdroplet model (14:03)How humidity plays a key role in controlling the spread of the Coronavirus (18:37)Why Vitamin D mitigates long term complications with Covid-19 (22:11)Dr. Jeff’s two tips for controlling the temperature in your environment (26:19)The effect humidity has had on our air quality (28:35)A glimpse into how humidity contributed to the Coronavirus outbreak in Paris (32:14)How crisis affects our perception & Why it’s important to stay properly informed (39:22)
    Connect With Robert Plotkin:
    Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedIn
    Connect With Dr. Jeff Gusky:
    WebsiteTwitterFacebookInstagramLinkedIn
    Resources:
    Website: ‘CDC’ - Coronavirus InformationWebsite: ‘ZRT Laboratory’ Profile: Jeffrey Shaman The Viral Safety Index. The humidifier Jeff is using.
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    • 46 min
    85: 4 Tips for Managing Distractions in Work and Life

    85: 4 Tips for Managing Distractions in Work and Life

    In today’s episode, I’ll be sharing a few of the strategies that I use in my everyday life which help me to reduce distractions and improve my overall sense of productivity. There are so many factors that influence our ability to cultivate a healthy work-life balance and so many of them are within our control and are easily accessible to us.  
    I’ll be diving into how you can best manage your notifications to quell anxieties that present themselves when given too much information, why practicing time management skills, and prioritizing a structure can improve our productivity, and how micro rewards can yield positive results in relation to our own motivations. 
    If you’re curious to learn more, then tune in to Episode 85 of Technology For Mindfulness!
    What you’ll learn:
    An introduction to today’s topic (0:42)Why it’s important to pre-plan your day (1:17)Tips to best manage your notifications (4:12)How to transform your desktop into a productive sanctuary (6:49)How to use micro rewards as a motivational system (8:43)
    Connect With Robert Plotkin:
    Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedIn
    Resources:
    Book: ‘The 12 Week Year’ Author, Brian P. MoranWebsite - ‘FocusMe’ Website - ‘Freedom’
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    • 12 min
    84: Sarah Tetlow - Reducing Stress Within the Legal Field Through Streamlined Processes

    84: Sarah Tetlow - Reducing Stress Within the Legal Field Through Streamlined Processes

    As someone who has worked in the field of law for a number of years now, I have seen first hand how prevalent stress is within this industry and the effect that it has had on the individuals who are practicing professionally. 
    Joining me today is someone who is combating that issue through specialized coaching and consulting, Sarah Tetlow! Sarah is a Legal Productivity Consultant at ‘Firm Focus’, a company dedicated to helping legal professionals streamline their workflow, better utilize their time management skills, and reduce the stress that many within the industry have suffered from throughout their careers. Through her work, Sarah has successfully assisted clients in managing their stress levels through productivity-based solutions that cater to each individual's needs. 
    In this episode, Sarah shares her perspective on some of the common behaviors she’s seen within the lawyers she’s worked with and how her coaching methods have helped those clients create balance and efficiency in their work life. We also talk about the need to set realistic and measurable goals, particularly in this line of work, how technology can be utilized to amplify productivity, as well as how communication is such a vital step to ensuring a team is working efficiently and coherently. 
    To learn more, tune in to Episode 84 of Technology for Mindfulness! 
    Some Questions I Ask:
    How did you get started in a field that is so specialized? (5:30)What practical skills do you use when helping your clients? (12:19)How do you respond to lawyers who have a tendency to catastrophize urgent tasks and overwork themselves? (14:07)When your clients have a genuine emergency in their work, how do you set up a process that addresses and resolves that? (18:43)What could a client expect from working with you? (21:22)What do you take into account when interviewing new clients to work with? (29:56)Could you talk about how you help your clients’ reduce stress in their lives? (38:43)
    What You’ll Learn:
    What Sarah’s ‘legal eagle’ system aims to achieve (9:44)How technology has permeated the legal profession & Created a sense of urgency around small tasks (11:19)What I’ve noticed about how lawyers respond to deadlines (25:50)Sarah’s take on using productivity apps and technology to help streamline legal processes and offload stress (27:18)How ‘proactive communication’ helps reduce the need to cram in work at the last minute (32:33)Why communication is so important, particularly now as most people have shifted to working remotely (37:21)
    Connect With Robert Plotkin:
    Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedIn
    Connect With Sarah Tetlow:
    Website - ‘Firm Focus’ LinkedInEmail: sarah@firm-focus.com
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    • 43 min
    83: How to Transition Yourself and Your Team to Remote Work Effectively - Part 2

    83: How to Transition Yourself and Your Team to Remote Work Effectively - Part 2

    Continuing on from last week’s episode, today’s focus is all about maintaining productivity within your workspace while working remotely! I’m going to be discussing my key strategies and tips for conducting yourself effectively while operating from home, the nuances that come with communicating virtually with your team members, as well as how the very real effects of isolation must be taken into account by leaders in business.    
    Now more than ever, our mental wellbeing needs to be prioritized within the workplace, and managing the complex and often overwhelming feelings that come with our new working arrangements is going to be a team effort. While this period has been and is going to be difficult for many of us, there is solace in knowing that there are ways to cope and that we are not alone. 
    Join me on Episode 83 of Technology For Mindfulness to learn more!
    In This Episode You Will Learn:
    Statistics showing that remote work was already on the rise before Covid-19 (1:23)My four key tips for Managers to help their teams work effectively in a remote environment (2:47)Why sticking to a daily routine is so imperative for workplaces right now & The power that our triggers have over us creating habits (2:55)Examples of positive triggers that can help to simulate a work day (6:17)Understanding how intentions and perceptions can affect virtual communication between co-workers (10:51)What you can do to rectify a miscommunication or potential negative interaction with someone you work with (15:07)Why we should stay aware of the effects that isolation can have on us while working remotely & Why leaders in business should be understanding of this and offer assistance to employees where needed (16:22)What I think the workplace will look like after Covid-19 (22:17)
    Connect With Robert Plotkin:
    Technology For Mindfulness WebsiteBlueshift IP WebsiteLinkedIn
    Resources:
    Book: ‘Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones’ Author, James Clear
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    • 25 min

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68 Ratings

Provlovemav ,

LOVED BEING GUESTS ON THIS PODCAST

We had such an incredible time chatting with Robert. Thank you for having us! We loved this episode!

robertamedia ,

Amazing for lovers of tech and mindfulness!

I stumbled across the podcast yesterday and haven’t been able to put it down! Over the past year I’ve been desperately finding something or something who could help me combine my love for technology & UX career along with my mindfulness meditation practice.

Robert’s episodes are so well crafted and he talks to such great practitioners and experts in the field about their experience. Please keep the content coming! I don’t feel so long anymore 🙏🏽

Livingphil ,

Plotnick is fine

Good listen

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