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Taking Leisure Seriously

Instead of defaulting into the low-quality obsessions that leave us wondering where the time has gone, we should cultivate high-quality hobbies that lead to lasting satisfaction.

Re-evaluate your relationship to technology:
  • First allow for a period of abstinence.
  • Follow this by a selective re-introduction of only those tools and technologies that pass a more rigorous cost-benefit analysis than you typically impose.

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Digital minimalism

This philosophy is guided by the idea that we should be in control over what kinds of media we consume, not have our habits dictated to us by technology.

This applies to the office as well as to the home: Having deep work at the office, but digital addictions at home, is hardly a victory.

They go hand-in-hand.

Addiction seems to be the inevitable consequence of our culturally-created environment changing faster than our biologically-hardwired brains.

It is probably not possible to safely evaluate your media consumption, while you’re in the midst of it. Steppring away for a month may be necessary to see your habits objectively.

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  • Set aside a 30-day period during which you will take a break from optional technologies in your life. Work email is not optional. Twitter probably is.
  • During this break, explore and rediscover activities and behaviors you find satisfying and meaningful.
  • And after the 30 days are up, reintroduce the optional technologies you want back into your life.
  • Determine the value it brings you and how specifically you can use it to maximize that value.
  • Bing optional technologies back by first creating rules on how exactly you’ll use them and when.

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Techno-maximalism

It promtes the basic idea that technological innovations can bring value and convenience into your life.

It just looks at the positives. And it's view is more is better than less, because more things that bring you benefits means more total benefits. 

News consumption

Abstaining from all news would probably look like you're about to betray your civic duty, but watching every story in real-time is a betrayal of your sanity.

Consider checking in on the news once a day for 45 minutes, preferably in the morning. Listen to radio news or a popular news podcast, or browse the main headlines of a newspaper. However, do not watch cable news or look to Twitter.