Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport – [PDF Download]

Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It’s the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world. In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives. Digital minimalists are all around us.

They’re the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience.

They stay informed about the news of the day but don’t feel overwhelmed by it. They don’t experience the “fear of missing out” because they already know which activities provide them meaning and satisfaction. Now, Newport gives us a name for this quiet movement and makes a persuasive case for its urgency in our tech-saturated world.

Common sense tips, like turning off notifications, or occasional rituals like observing a digital sabbath, don’t go far enough in helping us take back control of our technological lives, and attempts to unplug completely are complicated by the demands of family, friends, and work. What we need instead is a thoughtful method to decide what tools to use, for what purposes, and under what conditions.

Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude.

He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a thirty-day “digital declutter” process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control. Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you. This book shows the way.

Digital Minimalism PDF

Have you ever told someone in your life you just didn’t have enough time in the day to get everything done? Have you thought about why that is? Maybe look down and see what you’ve been doing for the last 5, 10, or even 60 minutes. Probably scrolling through your phone.

Sometimes with intention but sadly a lot of the time we are on our phones because we are bored or we are addicted and fear FOMO.
A little background before I get into this book and why it’s very important. I’ve always been into tech.

I started at a young age, went to college, and got a Web Dev/Interactive Media degree and I’ve had jobs in Digital Marketing, Email Marketing, and now Cyber Security. I use tech each and every day so you may be asking why I think this book is so important and questioning why I agree there is a problem?

Well because I started to notice it in my own life and around me. I’d go meet a friend and they’d sit there scrolling through their phone while I’m trying to talk to them. I’ve watched family members sit on their phones while we’re supposed to be “spending time” together.

I looked around my train car the last couple of days at 95% of people sat there scrolling through their phones and most of it was social media, not work. I watch families of 4 go out to eat and all 4 (parents and kids) are on their phones. Why bother going out? I know you may think well that’s their choice and I agree but I personally don’t want to lose human interaction to my phone or my time to my phone/another tech.

Mindless scrolling because I’m bored or that I’m afraid I’m going to miss out just isn’t worth my mental health or relationships. I also started to recently feel depressive and sad feelings while being on social media. It made me feel sad watching others thrive in their life and I felt insignificant in a way.

The “Facebook effect” is real and I firsthand have felt it. Just remember there was once a time when we didn’t have all this tech or phones and we were more connected, less anxious and we still survived. I realize I’m typing this on a digital site and it has to be read here but just hear me out.

DIGITAL MINIMALISM takes us through different steps that you can go through to become a digital minimalist. What is one you ask? “They’re the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run.

They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience. They stay informed about the news of the day but don’t feel overwhelmed by it. They don’t experience the “fear of missing out” because they already know which activities provide them with meaning and satisfaction.

” Newport takes us through almost “detoxing” ourselves from doing tech activities without intention. So if you spend 2 hours a day on Facebook, try taking it off your phone so you can get over the urge of automatically opening it and then set aside specific time to go on it and try to use it with high intention so that you really get something out of it.

Technology is not good or bad and Cal is actually a Computer Scientist, it’s more about how we use it and how we can change that to be more healthy. I personally made a few changes – my husband and I do not look at our phones during dinner or any meal together. In fact, I try to leave my phone in the car or at home as much as I can.

I put on night mode at night. I put my phone farther away at night. I turned off almost all phone notifications. The next step is to delete some low-intention (social media) apps. If you are ready to take back control of your time and not feel like you need your phone attached to you every second then definitely read this book.

It’s simple but powerful and it has a lot of interesting studies/background on technology as a whole. I personally love technology (it is my job after all!) but I’m ready to use it more intentionally than mindlessly and strengthen my human face-to-face connections rather than hoovering behind a screen. I think my neck, thumbs, and hands will probably thank me too! 

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Author Cal Newport
Book Title Digital Minimalism
Language English
Pages 154
Size 2.01 MB

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