“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 particular rapid process to help you break your online bad habits and values - the digital declutter.
MORE IDEAS FROM Digital Minimalism
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:
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 evaluation decide which of them are sufficiently "optional" that you can take a break for 30 days during the declutter process.
Consider the technology optional unless its temporary removal could harm your professional or personal life.
Example: If you stop checking your work email, it would harm your career.
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 permanent transformation of your digital life and aggressively explore higher-quality activities to fill in the time left vacant by the optional technologies.
At the end of the declutter you should already have rediscovered the type of activites that generate real satisfaction, enabling you to craft a better life.
There are three steps towards digital decluttering:
1. Define your technology rules
2. Take a thirty-day break from everything digital
3. Reintroduce digital products, one by one
Only after this cleansing and period of introspection will you truly figure out what parts of technology you deeply value and which are irrelevant to your life. After cherry-picking those select few services which will truly help you achieve your long-term goals, you also have to ponder on how you’re going to use it going forward to minimize its harms and maximize its values.
Two of the biggest innovations of modern times are cars and airplanes. At first, every new invention looks like a toy. It takes decades for people to realise the potential of it.
❤️ Brainstash Inc.