Gretchen Rubin ( @gretchenrubin )

5:27 PM Jun 3, 2018
How is technology making it easier to have the life you want – or harder? Have you found good strategies for mastering technology? #SecretsOfAdulthood #technology #habits #happierpodcast



  • @anniedelre 5:35 PM Jun 3, 2018

    Podcasts and audiobooks!

  • @sing_a_new_song1 5:40 PM Jun 3, 2018

    Love using my phone to navigate traffic on my commute, as well as listen to podcasts, music and audiobooks. Really makes the hour+ drive more bearable. On the other hand, I have to exercise discipline and leave my phone out of my bedroom at night, so I stay off social media and get enough sleep.

  • @danschawbel 5:56 PM Jun 3, 2018

    Technology can help you be more efficient if you use it properly or be a waste of time and get in the way of connecting with others.

  • @elizaveta__14 6:47 PM Jun 3, 2018

    No phones in the bedroom. No screens at the dinner table. 0 screen time for the Littles except for communicating with family. I find if these house rules are respected relationships are maintained and creative play flourishes, and not many other restrictions need to be discussed.

  • @lee_toth 7:02 PM Jun 3, 2018

    @anniedelre yes! I’ve increased the number of books I read by triple

  • @brickhousesparrows 8:52 PM Jun 3, 2018

    My fave bit of tech right now, the google keep app on my phone. I take notes and set reminders for everything which keeps my head clear.

  • @mike33175 8:52 PM Jun 3, 2018

    I feel technology adds to my life in the form of podcasts, audiobooks, and information sharing. These things can also become distractions at the same time. As an Obliger, I need to set up “rules” for myself as a form of outer accountability. Easier said than done sometimes.

  • @bigbitestinykitchen 9:15 PM Jun 3, 2018

    I was actually thinking of this quote this morning and how it relates to culinary experts and celebrity chefs. As a food blogger it's important to know when to ignore their proclamations and to admit to my followers that sometimes they should ignore mine.

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  • @andy_greer 9:45 PM Jun 3, 2018

    Technology has enabled me to work from home so I moved from Atlanta to the country. Enjoying a slower paced and much quieter life.

  • @chrissyelizabeth2202 10:21 PM Jun 3, 2018

    I turn my phone off at night and don’t watch TV in the bedroom. I am still working on controlling my social media use but I am getting closer!

  • @joe.leondike 11:35 PM Jun 3, 2018

    I would say technology is both a benefit and a burden. An example is my ability to online bank. I’ve not stepped inside a bank in years. The simplicity makes it very efficient. The flip side is that I need to become an expert at banking. With me pretending to be the professional there is the chance of an error. That is true for every service. I’m now a banker, travel agent, airline booking , etc. the more ‘Jack of all trades’ technology has made me, I’ve become a master of none.

  • @katierosebastian 11:59 PM Jun 3, 2018

    I think technology can be so helpful in so many ways, but sometimes I feel so helplessly addicted to it. I wish I had the self-control to just put it down and not feel the need to check social media ALL. THE. TIME. But as an obliger, this is one habit I have not found a good outer accountability solution for yet. I’ve had breaks where I had my friend change my password until a certain date, but then when the break ends, I’m just as addicted as before, if not more. I’d love to hear how other obligers have found a healthy balance with this.

  • @katierosebastian 12:00 AM Jun 4, 2018

    @mike33175 I’m with you on this! Haven’t figured out how to find balance as an obliger yet.

  • @mike33175 12:27 AM Jun 4, 2018

    @katierosebastian I even did the Bored and Brilliant Challenge and that didn’t help enough lol

  • @jolene1079 12:30 AM Jun 4, 2018

    Wow so true!! Sometimes technology adds too much complexity and mentalness to life than it should

  • @katierosebastian 12:43 AM Jun 4, 2018

    @mike33175 haha ME TOO!

  • @lifegoesonphotography 12:56 AM Jun 4, 2018

    I very much appreciate your focus on “controlling the cubical in my pocket” on your podcast and in Happier at Home. I’m currently listening to Happier at Home on Audible and the topic could not be more timely! I recently switched to private practice after spending most of my career at non-profits. I am determined to not work all-of-the-time despite the high financial incentive to do so. I deleted all email from my mobile device and it has made a huge difference. I only check my email, work and personal, on an actual computer. It is so liberating to not be constantly interrupted by opposing counsel or whatever promotion my favorite retailer is running. I’ve found that checking and responding to emails at the beginning, middle and the end of the workday is also a huge help!

  • @caryngillen 4:55 AM Jun 4, 2018

    Good one.

  • @wellfedwellness 5:32 AM Jun 4, 2018

    Amen. I'm still working on mastering this. 🤔🤔🤔

  • @tanvilonkar 4:41 PM Jun 4, 2018

    it’s about realizing where to draw a line and not get carried away with technology. it makes life really efficient but at the same time can swamp you into scrolling for hours

  • @brendalyntc 1:34 AM Jun 5, 2018

    With iOS 12, you can set time limits on apps. Might help many of us!

  • @botswanaartist 5:30 AM Jun 5, 2018

    Two years ago we moved to a stunning location but I had to leave the house for internet. We now have it at home and I could weep! (In between bingeing on Netflix.....) I feel like I'm back on track, connected, not alone! People fear the internet and technology but don't think twice about having the TV or radio on all the time.

  • @andannelley 10:48 AM Jun 5, 2018

    I always turn off my social media notifications on my phone. This helps me make a conscious decision about when to use these apps, versus the apps “choosing” when I use them. It keeps me from getting tempted to stay on Facebook and Instagram for too long.

  • @ruthcox66 2:10 PM Jun 5, 2018

    @gretchenrubin what a brilliant question!!!! I can’t wait to read your response👏🏻👏🏻💞💞😘

  • @stephvandermeulen1 2:16 PM Jun 5, 2018

    Like many, I have a love-hate relationship with it. As a Rebel, I struggle constantly to not be distracted by it. My job requires me to constantly be on the internet checking things, but I find myself following tugs as well and then choosing my phone instead of my book, even though I'd rather be reading... I just have a never-ending struggle in trying to delay instant gratification. I fail almost every single time. Ironically, last night in bed I was on my phone googling how to develop will power.

  • @mariefrancem 4:47 PM Jun 5, 2018

    Congrats @gretchenrubin -

  • @sheruns7 3:50 PM Jun 6, 2018

    @gretchenrubin can you do more on the podcast on how you went paperless with your planner and how your new system work. Thanks!

  • @yesterday_2day 12:41 PM Jun 17, 2018

    Technology helps and hinders, but probably more the former. Although I waste a lot of time on games, social media, and mindless web surfing, I love the fun and convenience of my phone. A favourite helpful app is Captio, the quickest way to send yourself a reminder possible!

  • @kalenadevelado 8:09 PM Jul 16, 2018

    So true.

  • @carlitosolivo 6:39 AM Nov 14, 2018

    Is this one of your “blank books” 📚