Success in business often means your personal life suffers. Stress and anxiety can quickly get out of hand. Author and entrepreneur Arianna Huffington, formerly of The Huffington Post, believes our addiction to smartphones is a big accelerator of our stress, and that turning them off will result in more productivity and a healthier lifestyle. And she’s got a new app to help you do just that.
The average smartphone user checks their device every six and a half minutes or about 150 times a day, according to Thrive Global, Huffington’s latest venture. Outside of work, 89 percent of smartphone users say they used their phone at their last social gathering and weren’t happy about it.
Huffington’s new THRIVE app hopes to help users find a balance between technology and humanity. The app, a partnership between Thrive Global and Samsung, helps you take a break from your smartphone by blocking apps, notifications, calls and texts during certain hours when put in “Thrive” mode. You can also set limits to how much time you spend on certain apps. The app allows you to create a VIP list of the contacts who are the only ones allowed reach you in Thrive mode.
Using the app isn’t the only thing successful people can do to reduce stress and improve work-life balance. We recently caught up with Huffington to get her tips for being productive and happy, and to learn more about her latest venture.
Q. What has been your main goal with Thrive Global and now this new app THRIVE?
A. Our mission with Thrive Global is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies, individuals and communities sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance well-being, performance, and purpose, and create a healthier relationship with technology.
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