Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World 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 worldIn this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless livesDigital 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 fear of missing out because they already know which activities provide them meaning and satisfactionNow, 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 conditionsDrawing 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 in controlTechnology 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


About the Author: Cal Newport

Cal Newport is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Georgetown University, and the author most recently of Deep Work, a book which argues that focus is the new I.Q in the modern workplace, and So Good They Can t Ignore You, a book which debunks the long held belief that follow your passion is good advice He has also written three popular books of unconventional advice for students His ideas and writing are frequently featured in major publications and on TV and radio.



10 thoughts on “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

  1. says:

    Although at times it made me annoyed for how into only citing dudes or dude centric work it is hi, the Craft movement has been in the women s spheres for forever, but it didn t become cool to do crafts whatever craft you prefer until dudes reclaimed it over the last few decades , this is a really smart, thoughtful, and practical book about how to make sure that social media works for you, rather


  2. says:

    Cal Newport provided practical advice on how to embrace the philosophy of Digital Minimalism Spend time alone to gain solitude Leave your phone at home Take long walks Write letters to yourself journaling Don t click likes Avoid falling into the slot machine feedback loop of likes Consolidate texting hold conversation office hours Reclaiming conversations Reclaim Leisure prioritize demanding leisur


  3. says:

    I badly wanted to like this book I really did Because I have very much enjoyed other books by Cal Newport So Good That They Can t Ignore You and Deep Work Both have inspired me a lot and I have recommended these to others in many occasions.This book was way below my expectations I m afraid it s not the book, it s me The practical value for me was minimal as I have already implemented a lot of things


  4. says:

    I know the irony of writing such a review on a social media platform, but as always there is potential for both good and for bad, for modest consumption or addiction.One should always keep in mind that humans are social animals, prone to getting addicted to interacting with each other Online 24 7 Until real life which one was that still collapses Probably the one or the other reader might tend to eat t


  5. says:

    3.5 stars I appreciate the thesis that by choosing to minimize technology in our day to day lives, we re choosing to bedeliberate with how we spend our time I liked some of the advice to consolidate texting, hold conversation office hours, and in general, choose to bepurposeful with what energy we give to reacting to others I think this book would have been stronger if he provided research to this points


  6. says:

    5 Stars Where we want to be cautiousis when the sound of a voice or a cup of coffee with a friend is replaced with likes on a post. Read This Book 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 pho


  7. says:

    I liked this book, but I will be sincere The methods offered here to be a minimalist aren t realistic for many of us, including me It s not that I, and many others, don t have the will to be a minimalist but it s that we can t Newport does show the benefits of reducing technology use quite nicely but unfortunately this book wasn t made for everyone Newport s previous book was significantly better.


  8. says:

    Every rare once in awhile a Facebook friend announces their imminent departure from Facebook Or simply quietly slips away, leaving behind a shadow profile in my friends list I send up a silent cheer when I realize they have deactivated their account, knowing in my belly they are better off without this ubiquitous social media overlord For a long time, I ve felt a sense of disquiet about social media, but the d


  9. says:

    I like the idea in here less isWe do not need all the apps and the social platforms He s definitely talking to someone like me here I am not a huge consumer of these platforms mostly this is age related However, I listened to his book using audible and some apps have really helped me expand my mind meditation apps and audible are two There is no room in Newport s framework for using smartphones in a good way He


  10. says:

    I ve been thinking a lot these days about makingdeliberate tech choices No one human not even Steve Jobs ever expected technology to invade our lives the way it has Instead, keeping us tethered to our tech and pulling that lever became the most popular and obvious way to monetize the Internet, and we individuals became, not the consumers, but the product being sold And instead of cutting ourselves some slack billi


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