• Patrick McAndrew

Striving for Digital Minimalism

Have you ever seen the documentary, Minimalism?  It’s an amazing film about the two men who started theminimalists.com, Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus.  I personally enjoyed it because it focuses on the importance of a simplistic way of living and not getting bombarded by a bunch of useless stuff.  It has a great message about living more meaningfully and experiencing life and our relationships more fully.

Limiting the amount of stuff we have is something that I’m always striving to do, not only because it makes moving around your home or your apartment or traveling easier, but because it allows us to focus our attention on things of higher value.  But as the Internet has taken over and so much of our work, business, entertainment, and education comes from the online world, our digital space is becoming more and more saturated with useless information and time-wasting booby traps.  Though we may have accomplished the minimalist lifestyle in our physical worlds, our online world is crying for help.

I recently spoke with Anastasia Dedyukhina, Founder of Consciously Digital™.  She speaks a lot about the influence of digital minimalism, its impact on her life, and how we can regain control over our lives by practicing digital wellness habits.  The mission of Consciously Digital™ is to use technology as a tool, instead of a religion of sorts.

Anastasia informed me that Cal Newport, author of the amazing book Deep Work, is coming out with a new book titled Digital Minimalism: On Living Better with Less Technology In it, he plans to discuss how minimizing our use of technology will actually make us much more productive.  I believe it!  If you haven’t done so, definitely check out his book Deep Work.  It provides some amazing insight in working effectively and how to not get bombarded by the distractions of your everyday life.

All of this information echoes what we are aiming to accomplish on The Low Tech Trek.  We want to minimize our time on technology so we can optimize our time on productive tasks and cultivating strong, meaningful relationships.  These methods are simple in theory, but more difficult in practice.  But, so long as you sew a habit, you will reap the rewards.

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