Digital Minimalism 101: How to become a digital minimalist
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Digital minimalism is a "philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimised activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else." - Cal Newport
Use technology to "support" your personal goals, rather than letting it "use" you.
"The underlying behaviours we hope to fix are ingrained in our culture, and […] they’re backed by powerful psychological forces that empower our base instincts. To re-establish control, we need to move beyond tweaks and instead rebuild our relationship with technology from scratch, using our deeply held values as a foundation." - Cal Newport
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.
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:
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 means using technology with more intention and purpose.
It's a “philosophy of technology use” rooted in reclaiming control and intention back from the devices and platforms that have hijacked it.
You figure out what's valuable to you. And then you happily miss out on everything else.
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.
If you want to maximize the amount of value you feel in your life, you want to put as much of your time and effort as possible into the small number of things to give you huge rewards.
When you think about it that way, fear of missing out looks like, just mathematically speaking, a really bad strategy.