Digital Minimalism

http://calnewport.com/blog/2016/12/18/on-digital-minimalism/


Have we become a slave to “news”?

Have we become addicted to the gossip?

Have we become accustomed to get our information from too many and possibly inconsistent sources?

Have some become fixed on giving their 2 cents on EVERYTHING?

askyourself.


Denzel Washington challenges us to put the thing down and look up. We’re missing stuff.

“What is the long-term effect of too much information?”

Too much information overwhelms me.

“Is there 24hrs worth news?”

I don’t think so. It would be a cycle of the same topics every damn minute. After awhile it does turn into “opin-news”.

“Are you using it or is it using you?”

I’m getting better at putting it down. I’m indifferent to a lot and to quote Cal Newport, “I’m indifferent to my smartphone”. The biggest challenge is putting the phone down or away when I’m outside. I may be waiting for someone or on break at work and decide to pull my phone out and enter the scrolls. It’s a bad habit.

Possible solutions:

  • Keep a book handy
  • Meditate
  • Keep a notepad handy & write
  • Observe

Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, which I believe is a mandatory read if you strive you live a more productive life, really hit it on the nail with his article.

5 Takeaways:

  • Intentionally & aggressively clear low-value digital noise
  • Optimize the use of tools that matter
  • Understand that these were created to be as addictive as possible
  • Attention is scarce & fragile-Aim carefully
  • Ask yourself: Do you feel exhilarated after an evening of clicking & scrolling?

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