The (“mindful dot technology”) blog explores and reviews techniques and tools to help you stay focused whilst using smart phones, tablets, laptops, and perhaps even smart watches. It can be difficult to use these devices without “getting lost” because many apps and websites are designed to distract.

We are exploring the confluence of mindfulness with technology: discovering more mindful, focused, and task-oriented apps and websites.


There’s a lot more to come on ! Over time the site will become a definitive directory of apps, books, and websites that help you use technology mindfully.
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Justin Emery is founder and editor of . A software developer by profession, his education and experience in technology may inform his writing but he writes for everyday users of technology. He has been meditating for a number of years, and was inspired to start this site after attending a mindfulness retreat at a Buddhist monastery.

If you are interested in contributing articles – either a one-off guest post or regular contributions, please get in touch.

How this site is financed

The initial launch of the site has been funded by me (Justin Emery), with a small investment of cash and a large investment of time, all of which has been made possible through my freelance software development work.

This website is not run primarily for profit, however I would like to earn something from it to help justify the many hours put into it and cover my website hosting costs.

This website does not show advertisements – that would be against the principle of less distracting technology espoused by this website.

Some of the links to products reviewed are “affiliate links” – if you buy the product after clicking the link (for example on Amazon), I would receive a small percentage of the sale. In fact, if you’re thinking of buying anything at all, you can follow this affiliate link to Amazon to support the site. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

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You could also consider hiring me for a website or software development project, especially if you appreciate the minimalist design of this website! See my freelance software development site for more details of what I can offer.

On copyright

I believe in the free exchange of ideas, information, and cultural works, therefore I am making all articles on this site (unless otherwise indicated) available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence. You can share or reuse the material without charge so long as I am attributed. An attribution would look something like this:

Designed to distract by Justin Emery of is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

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