We all want a more peaceful life. Less stress, less clutter. The minimalists out there say the way there is through less stuff and more intention.
There are Instagram feeds and Facebook groups devoted to decluttering your kitchen, your closet, any part of your house. But in a world full of tech and information streams and social media, what does digital minimalism look like?
It’s more than just organizing your files or purging your email. More than giving up Facebook for a month or two. Digital minimalism is about being intentional with how you spend your time online. Intentional with what you consume and how you consume it.
Cal Newport, the writer of “Digital Minimalism: Choosing a focused life in a noisy world”, defines digital minimalism as “a philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.”
Easy enough to say. But not necessarily easy to do. There’s a lot of noise out there and a lot of suggestions of what to do to embrace digital minimalism. A lot of discussion about how much minimalism is enough.
According to research, you’re likely to check email and chat every 6 minutes, spend 4 hours or so on your phone a day, and use something like 50 or more tools and apps a day. Few of us want to give up technology and all the great things the Internet has to offer. But there is a way to minimize your tech without giving everything up.
How to turn down the noise and surf with intent is going to be our focus for the next couple of months. We’ll talk about apps, notifications, values, and goals as they relate to digital minimalism.
Stay tuned for more details!
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