I recently read Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport (if you know me in real life you’ve probably heard me talk about this the past month!) and I loved it so much. There are a lot of articles and books about the impact of technology in our lives but what sets this one a part is that the author has a strong premise; we need to start with our values and establish what we want our life to be like and then add in digital tools that align with those things and use them with intent.
After establishing the why of this reasoning, he gets into the nitty gritty of the how. How do we use technology in a way that is not mindless? That serves us and helps us, not taking away from our precious time?
And that is where the Digital Declutter comes in. He suggests taking 30 days and removing all non essential technology from your life. I have taken down all social media and removed everything from my phone that is not text messaging or phone calls or my camera. Nothing I can get on and scroll basically. I am still blogging and emailing, but all from my computer. I only just started and I’ve already had quite the revelation, I don’t actually miss any of the apps. What I miss is picking up my phone and doing something with it.
I’m sure I will have a lot more thoughts at the end of this, but I was surprised that so quickly I don’t care what’s happening on Instagram, I just want to check out and mindlessly look at my phone.
After 30 days you are supposed to assess what apps/technology are beneficial and then set boundaries from there on how to reincorporate them into your life. I’m obviously paraphrasing all this here and I highly recommend this book!
I think this past year we have all had to be tied to technology in ways we never have before and I’m getting burned out with it all. I am excited about this declutter and will absolutely check in at the end and share my thoughts. I just wanted to recommend this book in case you can’t find me on instagram and wonder why or if you are getting tired of the scrolling and the pressure to ‘stay connected’ as much as I am!