How to Tame Technology and Get Your Life Back: Teach Yourself

How to Tame Technology and Get Your Life Back: Teach Yourself

By: Kevin Duncan (author)Paperback

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Technology can be a wonderful thing. It can also be a curse when it overwhelms us. If your phone, computer or other devices are beginning to rule your life, then you need help. We don't have to be ruled by our machines. It's time for us humans to fight back. 'How to Tame Technology' tells you exactly what to do, practical tips and simple things that you can do to regain control. Take the test and find out just how addicted you are - then learn how to cure yourself. 'I can't talk now, I'm on the phone' For those of us suffering from technological overload, it's time to pause and think. Author and Plain English commentator Kevin Duncan has trained and advised some of the UK's top companies, including Saatchi & Saatchi and Shell, in how to cope with all this. This thought-provoking book grapples with just how addicted we have become to technology and offers a set of ideas to help wean us off our technological drugs and lead a more fulfilling life. It looks briefly at how we got here, tests you on how serious your condition is and then offers real solutions, including rapid sequential tasking (v multitasking), communicating concisely, using the best method of communication for the job, all while retaining your sense of humour and enthusiasm. 'Every page is a prompt to imagine things differently. A handbook for these challenging times ahead.' Mark Earls, author of Herd 'He does for business what Nike does for sport.' Richard Hytner, Deputy Chairman, Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide 'Anyone who owns a mobile should have this on their shelf.' Robert Ashton, author The Life Plan

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About Author

After 20 years in advertising, Kevin Duncan has spent the last nine years as an independent troubleshooter, advising companies on how to change their businesses for the better. Business adviser, marketing expert, motivational speaker and author, he has written 5 books, and has hands-on knowledge of how to run many types of businesses, overseeing over 1,000 projects and winning 35 awards for creativity and effectiveness. He advises companies like Shell and Saatchi & Saatchi on coping with technology overload

Contents

PART I: EVOLUTION TO REVOLUTION 1. THE ROAD TO EDICTION * Darwin never predicted it would come to this * The evolution of ediction * Technology milestones * Work ethic vs. Play ethic * Companies and work as a social function * Phobology and self-esteem * Repetitive strain injury * Internet dating: the odds are good but the goods are odd * Do you need a revolution? 2. DO YOU NEED A REVOLUTION? * "I can't talk now, I'm on the phone..." * Yr msgs r kllg me: the tyranny of text * Thousands of emails but no conversations? * Distraction or action? * Everything louder than everything else * It's all the (techno) rage * Hiding behind technology * Can't get no (business) satisfaction: topless meetings * Need a revolution? Take the test PART II: REVOLUTION RESOLUTIONS 3. THINKING * Thinking, talking, communicating, doing, being * How do you want your life to be affected? * Making time to think * A thought a day keeps the madness away * Muddled thinking and how to avoid it * Re-discovering our normal selves * Outthink yourself * Antidotes to modern life * Towards a survival guide * Thinking is free, so do it more often * The great turn off * Taming Technology Tips 4. TALKING * The Art of Brachylogy * The link between thinking straight and talking straight * How to speak concisely and clearly * How to write concisely and clearly * Translating straight thinking into straight talking * Spotting waffle - in others and yourself * How to say no politely * Manifesto for a better life * Taming Technology Tips 5. COMMUNICATING * Technology morals * Choosing the right medium to convey your message * Email and the death of human interaction * Right message, wrong medium * Wrong message, right medium * Right message, right medium * Is over-reliance on email killing the art of selling? * Don't think you can handle it all at once - you can't * Hiding behind technology * Technology etiquette * A little downtime? Turn it off * Taming Technology Tips 6. DOING * Handling the daily inbound * Multitasking and Rapid Sequential tasking * Setting up personal tripwires * Action not activity * Workaholics Anonymous: too busy to turn up * Defined by their machines, not their characters * Social networking: at what cost? * Sleepless? Stressed? Anxious? Exhausted? * The art of enough * Taming Technology Tips 7. BEING * Life would be nothing without... * Get your attitude right: what defines you? * Have a laugh - you'll live longer * Take the issues seriously, but not yourself * How to be relentlessly enthusiastic * Never do one thing for too long * The value of hobbies and interests * Get some character into it * Manifesto for a better life * Taming Technology Tips PART III: START YOUR OWN REVOLUTION POSTSCRIPT: THE REVOLUTION FORUM * How to start your own revolution * Take the test at revolutionbook.com or hodder.co.uk/revolution * Download the software * Buy the iphone app * Compare yourself with others * Keep tabs on your progress * Kick the habit

Product Details

  • publication date: 26/04/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781444190250
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9781444190250
  • weight: 138
  • ISBN10: 1444190253

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