What do you wish you had more time to do? Imagine suddenly having an extra 30 minutes in your day to do something you love. Maybe it's something you used do, but just don't have the time for anymore.

Read a book. Go for a walk. Cook a new recipe. Meet up with a friend. Write in a journal. Paint. Play an instrument. Start learning a new instrument. Sit under a tree and let your mind wander. Work toward that thing you want to master (great resource below explaining why). The key is to clearly put away your phone, and replace that 30 minutes with something that brings you joy. Something you wish you had more time to do.

Because you just gained back that time by not staring at a screen.

The #TechLifeBalance Challenges are part of the sixth annual Character Day where millions around the world will gather in schools, companies, and homes to discuss the relationship between technology, screen use, and character development. Learn more about Character Day.



Looking for Inspiration?

What You Can Do Tonight for a Better Workday Tomorrow

Greater Good Science Center, UC Berkeley

When work is stressful, many of us don’t make downtime a priority. Taking a break or having fun feels like something we can’t afford—and hobbies, exercise, and social activities often fall to the bottom of our list. New research might make you think differently about your time spent outside of work, as well as how it influences your productivity.

Follow Your Bliss

by Dr. Ryan Niemiec, VIA Institute on Character

Your interests in life drive your character strengths and vice versa. Bring the two together and you have a recipe for success in life.

These wonderful partners (VIA) also offer a free 15 min scientifically-backed survey to find out your top character strengths.

How Much Nature Is Enough? 120 Minutes a Week, Doctors Say

New York Times

It’s a medical fact: Spending time outdoors, especially in green spaces, is good for you. A wealth of research indicates that escaping to a neighborhood park, hiking through the woods, or spending a weekend by the lake can lower stress levels, decrease blood pressure and reduce the risk asthma, allergies, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, while boosting mental health and increasing life expectancy.

Children spend only half as much time playing outside as their parents did

The Guardian

While more than four-fifths (83%) of parents thought it was important their children learned to use technology, nine out of 10 would prefer them to spend their childhood outdoors, developing a connection with nature.

How Literary Fiction Helps Build Children's Real-Life Empathy

Character.org

While all books can help widen a children’s world, literary fiction also has the power to build their empathy.

4 No-Prep Family Activities to Enjoy Outside

PJ Library

Researchers say nature play benefits kids on physical, cognitive, and emotional levels (plus it’s fun!). So stock up on laundry detergent (and maybe some bug spray) and shoo your family out the door.

Parent Like a Tech Exec

Wait Til 8th

Technology titans are issuing startling warnings about the dangers of social media and excess screen time for kids. Facebook’s first president Sean Parker said of the social platform he helped build, “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.”