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Pre-Game Lifestyle Practice: Unplug for 15 Minutes

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The next Whole Life Challenge starts in:

Each day this week, spend 15 minutes without technology.

Simple Instructions:

  • Each day this week, spend 15 continuous minutes without technology.
  • Unplug from everything: phones, television, laptops, tablets—everything.
  • Spend the time as you like, but be conscious of your choice to be technology-free. Don’t simply count a random interval when you weren’t engaged with tech.

Why Is This Practice Important?

Technology is a good thing. It can make us more productive, enabling and enhancing human connection.

At the same time, too much technology (especially in the form of phone and computer engagement) can lead to unproductive or stressful behavior: surfing social media endlessly, checking work communications outside of work hours, watching video for the sake of being busy, forgetting to engage with people around us.

Removing technology from our lives for 15 minutes is a good reminder that we don’t need it to engage with the world—it is merely another tool at our disposal. We could equally spend that time reading, in conversation, meditating—in any activity that keeps us present and grounded.

The Whole Life Challenge is about improving your lifestyle, one small step at a time. By limiting exposure to technology (rather than eliminating it), you’ll get all of the benefits of living in a connected world without the potential pitfalls. Each week during the Challenge, we focus on a new practice, improving a different aspect of our lives.

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Jon Gilson
Jon Gilson is a coach and writer, and the former CEO of the Whole Life Challenge.

Previously, he founded Again Faster Equipment, a functional fitness equipment company created to serve the CrossFit community. Established in 2006, Jon took the Company global in 2012, twice landing on the Inc. 500/5000 list of America’s fastest growing private companies.

From 2007 to 2013, he served as a Senior Lecturer for CrossFit, Inc., training aspiring CrossFit trainers at over 100 seminars, including engagements in Iceland, Afghanistan, Moscow, Holland, the United States, and Canada. Jon also served on the CrossFit L1 Advisory Board, helping establish policy for the organization’s training efforts from 2011 to 2013.

He’s also done stints in state government, gym management, and consulting — and currently teaches classes at CrossFit City Line.

Jon graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2003, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in Psychology. He also holds a Graduate Certificate in Finance and Control from the Harvard Extension School, 2006, and has completed coursework in data analytics.