"I'm a natural introvert, as many entrepreneurs (and especially social software entrepreneurs) are. Keeping the weekends quiet is critical. I disconnect and read, watch a movie, or just remember that I am a person outside of my mission."
--Gina Bianchini, founder, Mightybell
"When my father passed away, my husband and I decided to do something with our kids: Unplug one day a week, Friday night to Saturday night. It's our tech Shabbat. This amazing thing happens: Time slows down. Every Saturday morning we get to do, like, six things: We'll be in our garden, we'll do an art project. . . . It's changed my life. My films are better. I'm more productive. I'm happier. I'm more balanced."
-- Tiffany Shlain, filmmaker; founder, Webby Awards
"Set 'digital times' when on vacation--an hour in the morning or evening when you will be online. Better yet: Go someplace where you can't be connected."
-- Gerald Brady, managing director, Silicon Valley Bank
"We have a 'no email' rule every weekday after 7:30 p.m. and at all times over the weekend. Employees can spend more quality time in their personal lives without worrying about the office."
-- Dolf van den Brink, president and CEO, Heineken U.S.A.
"I never take my iPhone into meetings. I give my undivided attention to my colleagues and partners, and I expect the same respect in return."
-- Ivanka Trump, executive vice president of development and acquisitions, Trump Organization
"I get up, turn off the laptop, and start playing with my cat. It's a chance to enjoy simple, mindless pleasures--like a stick with yarn attached to it. Cats make us a little dumber."
-- Alexis Ohanian, cofounder, Reddit
"Recently, I was walking down the hall at work, on a call via my headset and simultaneously writing an email, successfully balancing it all--until I went sailing in the air as I flew over an abandoned box. Now I try to get up and talk to the person two desks away rather than texting them. I welcome our team's new hires face-to-face rather than sending an email. I make meetings in person when it's an option. I am not always perfect, but I am more conscious about my behavior."
-- Catherine Courage, SVP of customer experience, Citrix
Illustrations by Max-o-matic