Cal Newport

Digital Minimalism

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Widya
Widyahas quoted9 months ago
Digital Minimalism

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.
jdaneche
jdanechehas quoted9 months ago
Philip Morris just wanted your lungs,” Maher concludes. “The App Store wants your soul.”
Асхат Таиров
Асхат Таировhas quoted10 months ago
they joined Facebook to stay in touch with friends across the country, and then ended up unable to maintain an uninterrupted conversation with the friend sitting across the table.
Mikhaela Toporivska
Mikhaela Toporivskahas quoted10 months ago
At the beginning of each week, put aside time to review your current seasonal leisure plan. After processing this information, come up with a plan for how your leisure activities will fit into your schedule for the upcoming week. For each of the objectives in the seasonal plan, figure out what actions you can do during the week to make progress on these objectives, and then, crucially, schedule exactly when you’ll do these things

Weekly planning

Mikhaela Toporivska
Mikhaela Toporivskahas quoted10 months ago
Habit: During the week, restrict low-quality leisure to only sixty minutes a night.

Habit: Read something in bed every night.

Habit: Attend one cultural event per week.

Each of the habits describes an ongoing behavior rule. They’re not dedicated to a particular objective, but instead are designed to maintain a background commitment to regular high-quality leisure in the planner’s life.

Seasonal planning

ainevla
ainevlahas quoted13 days ago
It’s important here to remember our technical definition of solitude as freedom from input from other minds, as it’s exactly this absence of reaction to the clatter of civilization that supports all of these benefits.
ainevla
ainevlahas quoted24 days ago
urgency we feel to always have a phone with us is exaggerated. To live permanently without these devices would be needlessly annoying, but to regularly spend a few hours away from them should give you no pause.
ainevla
ainevlahas quoted24 days ago
As Thoreau’s example emphasizes, there’s nothing wrong with connectivity, but if you don’t balance it with regular doses of solitude, its benefits will diminish.
Анастасия Наумова
Анастасия Наумоваhas quotedlast month
The key to thriving in our high-tech world, they’ve learned, is to spend much less time using technology.
Анастасия Наумова
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On one extreme, there are the Neo-Luddites, who advocate the abandonment of most new technologies. On another extreme, you have the Quantified Self enthusiasts, who carefully integrate digital devices into all aspects of their life with the goal of optimizing their existence.
Анастасия Наумова
Анастасия Наумоваhas quotedlast month
what you need instead is a full-fledged philosophy of technology use, rooted in your deep values, that provides clear answers to the questions of what tools you should use and how you should use them and, equally important, enables you to confidently ignore everything else
ainevla
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when you avoid solitude, you miss out on the positive things it brings you: the ability to clarify hard problems, to regulate your emotions, to build moral courage, and to strengthen relationships.
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Solitude Deprivation
A state in which you spend close to zero time alone with your own thoughts and free from input from other minds.
ainevla
ainevlahas quotedlast month
solitude is about what’s happening in your brain, not the environment around you. Accordingly, they define it to be a subjective state in which your mind is free from input from other minds.
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Your monthlong break from optional technologies resets your digital life. You can now rebuild it from scratch in a much more intentional and minimalist manner.

To do so, apply a three-step technology screen to each optional technology you’re thinking about reintroducing.

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The Minimalist Technology Screen

to allow using technology again it must :
1. Serve something you deeply value (offering some benefit is not enough).

2. Be the best way to use technology to serve this value (if it’s not, replace it with something better).

3. Have a role in your life that is constrained with a standard operating procedure that specifies when and how you use it.

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How am I going to use this technology going forward to maximize its value and minimize its harms?
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STEP #3: REINTRODUCE TECHNOLOGY
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As stated, the goal of the reintroduction is to put technology to work on behalf of specific things you value. This means to an end approach to technology requires clarity on what these ends actually are.
ainevla
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you’re more likely to succeed in reducing the role of digital tools in your life if you cultivate high-quality alternatives to the easy distraction they provide.
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