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Digital Minimalism

Digital Minimalism

by Cal Newport

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Make Technology serve only a supporting role in your life

“How do you simplify your digital life?” became very quickly the question of our generation. Between packed calendars, fulled out E-Mail inboxes, and the constant pull of social media and news it can feel like you really can't control your online time.

There is a ...

  1. Put aside a thirty-day period during which you will take a break from optional technologies in your life.
  2. During this thirty-day break, explore and rediscover activites and behaviours that you find satisfying and meaningful.

#1 Define your Technology rules

The first step is defining which "new technologies" fall into this "optional" category.

Make sure to evaluate the right technologies. Text messaging, Instagram or Facebook are examples of the types of technologies you need to evaluate; your microwave, fridge are not.

After the evaluat...

#2 Take a Thirty-Day Break

The second step is to follow your new technology classification, by disconnecting, for 30 days, from your "optional" technologies. 

You will find life without optional technologies challenging at first. But these feelings of discomfort fade after a week or two.

The goal is to spark a ...

#3 Reintroduce Technology

The final step is reintroducing optional technologies back into your life.

The goal is to start from a blank slate and only let back into your life technology that passes your strict digital standards.

To allow an optional technology back into your life, it must:

  1. Serve some...

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