How to Use Technology to Focus on What Matters the Most
Minimalism Is the Answer to Make Technology Work for You.
Digital minimalism is all about focus.
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.”
Cluttering our time and attention with devices, apps, and services overrides the benefits of each individual item.
Optimize how we use technology first by deciding it supports our values and about how we’ll use it.
Make a commitment to be intentional with how you engage with technology, especially new technologies.
How to Kondo your technology with a digital declutter
Choose the 30 days for your digital declutter.
Create rules. What apps, sites, tools, video games, or streaming video will I ban during this period? What can I use but only in specific instances? (For example, a social media manager will have to use social media for her job but not in personal life.)
Here’s the fun step: explore and rediscover offline activities I enjoy or find meaningful.
After 30 days, with careful deliberation, reintroduce my chosen technologies back into my life. The technology must align with my values. I must use it in a way to serve me best. Plus, I need to create specific rules for when and how I can use it.
Enjoy my new streamlined digital lifestyle.
Practice makes perfect: How to practice digital minimalism.
Spend time alone and unwired to focus.
Use technology to enable conversations and focus during them.
Respect other people’s need to focus: Don’t click like ever!
Regain your focus: Join the attention resistance.
Focus on leisure instead of mindless technology use.
Focus my technology use to help me feel how I want to feel
Technology makes it possible for me to run an online service-based business. This helps me to feel free and creative.
Recently, I participated in a video chat in a family reunion taking place in England from my bedroom in Oregon. This helped me to feel a deep connection.
I'm a directionally-challenged person. GPS systems in my car and on my phone have changed my life and expanded my horizons of places I’m willing to adventure to on my own. This helps me to feel free.
One of my core desired feelings is curious. The internet, with knowledge at my fingertips, helps me to satisfy my curiosity. In fact, I have to be careful not to indulge my curiosity too much.
Writing is the primary way I express my desire to feel creative. I can’t imagine writing longhand anymore. Plus, I love sharing articles I write online.
My technology stop doing list.
Don’t allow phones to disturb mealtimes.
Turn off notifications.
Stop checking my email more than 2-3 times a day.
Put my phone on do not disturb the majority of the time.
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