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Put that iPhone down! And 14 other digital resolutions for 2015

By Kelly Wallace | 1/9/2015, 11:52 a.m.
I am one of "those" people who loves the new year, makes resolutions and normally fails to keep up with ...
  1. Goodbye to Filofax

Diane Smith, an Emmy award-winning television journalist and author, says the time has come for her to make her entire calendar digital. "How did I come to this conclusion? Because the three stores that I could count on to supply Filofax refills are all going out of business? What does that tell you?"

  1. Less cynical approach to social media

Blogger Buzz Bishop says he's trying to take a more positive and less cynical approach to his posts on social media. "Those random passive aggressive comments about everyday life don't need to get out there," he said. He's aiming to live his life a bit more like astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, who has said, "The easiest thing in the world is to be cynical ... optimism takes a little more effort."

  1. Save emails for the office

Chelsey Saatkamp, a publicist in New York City, said she's trying not to look at emails until she gets to work. "When it's the first thing you look at when you wake up, it really does just start your day off with unnecessary stress. I already have enough of that at the office; the morning should be 'me time.' "

  1. Read books -- actual books

Reading more books, "as in actual, physical books," is a goal of Brian Gresko's this year. "Screens are so addictive, and sometimes I'll have eyestrain at the end of the day and still feel myself flipping on Netflix to relax, or laying in bed looking at my phone. I want to unplug with a good old fashioned book!" said Gresko, editor of the anthology on fatherhood "When I First Held You."

  1. Stop smartphone multitasking

Alison Bucalo, a mom of two in Ridgewood, New Jersey, says she and her husband spend way too much time on their iPhones. "I've noticed that we will both be texting, tweeting and Facebooking when we're watching TV. I feel like we're missing out on time with each other and the kids. (Truth be told: he's worse than me!)"

  1. Take control of devices

"I deleted all kid games from my iPad and phone," said Jess Dukes, a writer and mom of two in Brooklyn, New York. "They have LeapPads, two TVs, hundreds of books, and even more toys. They have computer time for school stuff. I've taken back my devices!"

  1. Stop sleeping with the phone

Well, maybe you don't exactly sleep with it, but many of us keep them on the bedside table! Last year, Serena Kappes, a mom of two and digital editor, started keeping her phone in the living room instead of next to her bed when she went to sleep and has resolved to keep that up in 2015. "So that I'm not tempted to get sucked into social media instead of sleep or start checking email the minute I wake up. It's made a world of difference."

  1. Limit time on Facebook

Sheila McCraith, author of "Yell Less, Love More," says she'll try to cut back on the amount of time she spends on Facebook. "I've learned that often times, the content triggers a bad mood, which then, of course, triggers a wicked huge desire to yell at my kids over inconsequential things."