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Digital Minimalism
Digital Minimalism: Living Better with Less Technology | Cal Newport
Read Digital Minimalism and you'll never again mindlessly sacrifice your productivity to clickbait or lose 40 minutes of your evening to your Instagram feed We're addicted to texting, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter not because we're stupid or shallow, but because they provide real value in the form of connection, community, affirmation, and information. But these tools can also disrupt our ability to focus on meaningful work and live fully in the present. Must we choose between one or the other? Cal Newport's answer is no. In Digital Minimalism, he outlines a practical philosophy and plan for a mindful, intentional use of technology that maximises its benefits while minimising its drain on our attention, focus and time. Demonstrating how to implement a 30 day digital detox, this book will help you identify which uses of technology are actually helping you reach your goals, and which are holding back. Cal Newport is a tenured professor of computer science at Georgetown University. He is the author of five books, including So Good They Can't Ignore You and the bestselling Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World. On Cal Newport's bestselling book Deep Work: 'Cal Newport is a clear voice in a sea of noise, bringing science and passion in equal measure' - Seth Godin author of Purple Cow 'A compelling case for cultivating intense focus, and offers immediately actionable steps for infusing more of it into our lives' - Adam Grant, author of Originals
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I enjoyed this hard book. It was hard to think about my own technology tendencies and over dependence but good as I want something better. This book helped me think through my use and plan for a less anxious and less distracted way.

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A succinct dive into the twisted reality of digital distraction with emphasis on social media and the fallacy of meaningful connection we are trying to supplant face-to-face interactions with, and the more depressing fact that people are distracted away from their creative potential.

The second half of the book wanes a bit but does offer actionable steps to help remedy the many issues written about in the first part.


taraWritesSci I agree with the problems and the solutions, but I'm already a digital minimalist. For people who truly believe they are successful in maintaining relationships via social media, it's worth trying out some of the suggestions. And for those who think they have no time for anything, creative, handy, or otherwise, reflecting on the outcomes of a temporary withdrawal from digital distraction might yield some uncomfortable truths. 3w
taraWritesSci And lastly, there's some irony in posting this to social networks, but the author makes it clear this isn't about anti-technology or nostalgia from pre-smartphones era. It's about identifying true value in the products we use, and taking steps to prevent the behavioral addiction that these major social media conglomerates pour millions of dollars into, conditioning us to look and click in order to avoid a single moment of boredom. 3w
Suet624 Great review. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this book. 3w
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This one is really making me reconsider my digital habits! Of all the social media though Litsy is definitely a more positive place!!

Addison_Reads Stacked. Sounds like a good one. 3mo
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Main reason I only go to the Alamo Drafthouse for movies!

Reading this book while taking the city bus for the first time. This city isn't known for its public transportation, but it wasn't bad! Maybe a bit longer of a commute than if I drove, but hey - I didn't have to drive, AND I got reading time in. Win win!
(No, I didn't leave my phone at home tho... maybe next time!)

k.reads Same! I‘m so spoiled now, I can‘t handle other theaters 😂 7mo
Soubhiville Plus, they have real food, and are vegetarian friendly! Dinner and a movie at the same time? Yes please! 6mo
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#nonfiction2019 #yourpick an insightful and interesting look at the degree to which digital devices suck up our leisure time. Its important conversation to have with ourselves, and Newport offers practical tips for making deliberate tech choices to minimize the intrusion and reclaim our leisure time. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

xxjenadanxx Whoa! You‘re killing it! I need to get back to it. 8mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa That sounds excellent! And like something I need to try to minimize. 8mo
jb72 Great job Anne! I need to update my bingo card. The book sounds interesting. I definitely use my digital devices too much. There is no need to spend so much time on social media. 8mo
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Cinfhen Oh wow!!! Nearly done 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
kindergartenkat Thanks @Annefindsjoy I think out of all my book friends your tastes match mine the closest. Added! 8mo
Megabooks Great job! I finished mine a little bit ago, but forgot to post about it. Thanks for tagging me!! Always glad to read your posts 😁😁 8mo
AnneFindsJoy @kindergartenkat YES, me too! I‘m always adding books that I see you‘ve read :) 8mo
AnneFindsJoy @Megabooks Congrats on finishing!!! 8mo
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Enjoyed the philosophy and theories in Digital Minimalism, but didn‘t feel blown away by any of the ideas — but completely agree with the need to step back and evaluate your own digital life at certain points, to make sure you‘re not missing your real life.

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This has impacted me so much to rethink how i spend my time. Who do i give my energy to?

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A small but enticing library haul today! Been anxiously awaiting the release of Cal Newport's latest.

jpmcwisemorgan Welcome to Litsy! 😉 8mo
SenatorMothma @jpmcwisemorgan thanks, I'm slowly figuring it out! 😄 8mo
Soubhiville Yay! You did it! I think a great way to find folks to follow is to search for books you love and follow others who picked that book. 8mo
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Soubhiville Also, @LitsyWelcomeWagon has helpful hints for getting to know the ap, and @Chelleo has made some videos that help as well. The more people you follow, the more you‘ll see on your feed. If you want to, you can use the little person outline with + beside it to get recommendations of folks to follow. Those suggestions should all be active users. 8mo
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Feels like I‘m cheating just posting this here...lol. Transform your digital life by choosing what tech you need and enhances instead of distracts from living. #digitaldetox #transformation #theshallows

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This book focuses on some of the practices and ideas one can use to cultivate a sustainable digital minimalist lifestyle - with each section ending with a tactics one can implement along the journey.⁣ 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Image 10/~15 from #NYC‘s Amazon bookstore!

I had only heard of 3 of these books before, so I‘m very glad to have come across this great topical display.

Have you read any of these?!

Beatlefan129 I‘ve been waiting for Bad Blood to come through my library, but the hold list is a mile long 9mo
The_Real_Nani Bad Blood is so good! I have AI Superpowers and it‘s interesting but I keep getting distracted by other books, so I haven‘t finished it yet. 9mo
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Bottom line: Overall, the book is long on extended anecdotes about famous historical figures' habits of solitude and judgment on what constitutes meaningful experiences and communication, and short on substantive advice on how to use new technologies as useful tools vs. mindless time-sucks.

Full Goodreads review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2739717040

saguarosally Interesting, I didn‘t expect that perspective but it‘s still sitting around my house waiting to be read. 11mo
JoyBlue @saguarosally I hope it‘s a better fit for you! 😀 11mo
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“When someone instigates a low-quality connection—say a text message conversation or social media ping—suggest they call or meet you during your office hours sometime when it is convenient for them.”

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JoyBlue Just no! I can't stand people who don't recognize that people have different communication styles. I love to have one-on-one in-person time, but don't call me! There's only one person left alive with whom I enjoy a phone visit—Number One Son. Otherwise, text me for something quick or text/email to arrange an IRL date with me. I'm good about making lunch (& other) dates. Don't confuse telephone talk for quality time. It's not always the case. 11mo
JoyBlue [Sometimes in-person time is poor, too. Protect your interactions—reserve your precious time and energy for people you enjoy.] 11mo
JoyBlue [In case you're worried, I'm just as crazy about Number Two Son, but we enjoy our quality time in-person exclusively. Number One and I both phone and in-person.] 11mo
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JoyBlue Rant over (I think). 11mo
cobwebmoth I understand. I hate talking on the phone to anyone other than my husband. And I agree about protecting your energy. 11mo
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My current read on this chilly Saturday

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