Getting Away From All That Technology

We asked Westchester professionals for the best ways to unplug — at home, over the weekend, and after hours.



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“Turning off all my various gadgets is a great way to escape the outside world. I’ll let my laptop battery run dry or leave my cellphone at home so I won’t be tempted to check Facebook, email, or send texts.” -Jon Chattman, director of communications at the Music Conservatory of Westchester in White Plains
 
“One of my ‘check-out zones’—the ‘me time’ I work hard for—is flipping through a magazine or newspaper. If anything catches my eye, I’ll bookmark the page and act on it later.” -Heather Bell-Pellegrino, president and event planning professional with A Perfect Plan! in Yorktown
 
“I like to stay active and spend as much time outdoors as possible. I’ll go on a long run or attend a boot camp class—there’s something about running up a tough hill or finishing an exhausting workout. -Ashley Witkiewicz, office manager at Valley Pediatric Dentistry in Yorktown
 
“I work from home, so it can be a challenge to shut down technology—I pretty much need to leave and find a nook in Northern Westchester without cell service. I also pre-schedule social media posts, and Onebox, a virtual phone service, lets me change my message or forward calls as needed.” -Donna Cravotta, CEO of Social Sage PR LLC in Bedford Hills
 
“After a long week of media buying, I love to wrestle with my kids and go for nature hikes on the weekends. We live in the woods!” -Nick Simard, vice president at InspiriaMedia in White Plains