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Avoid Shiny New Toy Syndrome

  1. Concretize your stack
  2. Do a periodic review
  3. Ask yourself before downloading
  4. Forecast the usage

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  1. Developing an understanding of various use cases and digital workflows in our lives will make us limit the number of apps we engage with frequently.
  2. Practising digital minimalism has many benefits such as having fewer distractions from the real world, less tracking (and risks) of our data, and focused engagement with only a limited (quality) set of tools.
  3. The less the clutter and friction, the more YOU (not app makers) have control over your life, away from the device.

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With every app just a button away (or say, a thumbprint away), it is so easy to download an app, play around with it for a while and integrate it into our daily lives, if there is some utility or entertainment value.

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A Chef doesn’t use a single kitchen tool. There is always a set of tools, for different purposes, that are deployed as part of the cooking process. A writer will need multiple tools that will aid the writing process, by removing the friction points. But as long as we are aware of where each tool is coming in, doing its job and adding a value to the creative process, I think it is fine to have as many tools as your process needs.

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Our attention is controlled by the apps we choose to download and the only way we can take charge of our attention (spans) is through digital minimalism.

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Minimalism is not about having less. Minimalism is about having just the right number of things, that minimize the friction.

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