Bumble founder Whitney Wolfe Herd describes “getting lost in social media” in an interview with Forbes. “I turned off all social media for three weeks,” she says. “I was uncomfortable at first, which only validated why I needed to take a break, but then after a few days I felt … far more present.”
Some of Microsoft's biggest pivots and innovations have come out of Bill Gates's infamous 'Think Weeks'. These twice-a-year retreats in a remote cabin somewhere in the Pacific Northwest have garnered big ideas – from Internet Explorer to the Tablet PC. Gates uses the time to disconnect, read, and write down his ideas.
Heidi Zak, founder of lingerie brand ThirdLove, has to ration her use of email to once an hour. “If I check it more, I lose focus,” she says. “I set aside five or 10 minutes to check email and then spend the rest of the time thinking about what I need to be doing.”