Many things can be said about the year 2020. It was a landmark year in many ways both bad and good. There were very few parts of most people’s lives that was not affected or changed in some way.
My work with GDG Ratoma in Conakry, Guinea to promote technology education in West Africa was no exception. Travel plans were put on hold. Workshops and conferences quickly had to pivot from in-person to online.
It’s day 30 of my digital declutter experiment and today I want to talk about walking in the woods.
Few places in this world are more dangerous than home. Fear not, therefore, to try the mountain passes. They will kill care, save you from deadly apathy, set you free, and call forth every faculty into vigorous, enthusiastic action.
— John Muir
This quote seems particularly relevant at a time when the majority of us have spent more time at home in the past 6 months than ever before in our lives.
Fortunately nature is one of the things that has…
Over the past few weeks I’ve had quite a few people tell me I need to watch this film — but what has been most interesting to me is that it wasn’t just those people who I would have guessed to already be aligned with my ideas around digital minimalism and the drawbacks of a hyper-connected lifestyle.
It appears that the questioning of social media and more broadly the role tech plays in our individual and collective lives has started to go…
It’s day 14 of my digital declutter and I’ve been reading a lot of books.
Since deciding to take a month off from “optional” tech in my life I’ve had a lot more time to read. But what I realized when thinking about this post is that I’ve actually been reading a lot more than usual already this year. When did it start? Oh since around about the beginning of March.
I guess living through COVID lockdown in New York city will do that to a person.
I thought I’d share some of my reading highlights past, present, and future…
It’s day 10 of my digital declutter and today I want to talk about starting over.
Anytime we make a resolution there is the opportunity to slip and fall into old patterns. In fact, it’s more common than not. But, why?
Force of habit.
Lack of commitment.
Yesterday I violated two of the rules to which I committed for the month long duration of my digital declutter. I watched Netflix (alone) and Twitch.tv.
Both occurred on my laptop since I had already removed the apps from my phone to help with my self control.
Because I didn’t want…
Today I bought a newspaper. It’s day 8 of my digital declutter and I want to talk about keeping up with the news.
Also known as the 24-hour news cycle, this fast paced information saturated environment has been linked to stress, anxiety, and depression but also potentially more worrying a decline in journalistic standards due to the hyper-competitive nature of being the first to “break” a story.
On a more personal note, keeping up with all the alerts, notifications, and opinions can be mentally and emotionally exhausting, not to mention a productivity killer. Fortunately there is an alternative.
It’s day 4 of my digital declutter and today I want to talk about the value of taking time to be fully disconnected.
Yesterday I wrote about using Do Not Disturb mode on your phone to manage the way you engage with social media and text-based messaging services. Yet sometimes I like to take this idea even one step further and fully unplug.
Of course, like with the incident when needing to download a PDF of the ferry schedule on my phone, these decisions always seem to come back to bite me ;)
For example the other day when walking…
It’s is day 3 of my digital declutter and today I want to talk about texting.
One thing I really like about the book Digital Minimalism is that each chapter includes one or more practices. Each practice is a suggestion for how to implement the ideas presented earlier in the chapter in your own life. With each practice you can take it, leave it, or tailor it to suit your needs (best).
It’s day 2 of my digital declutter and today we’re going to talk about documents.
Documents are generally an informational format that I prefer to consume on a laptop (or tablet) computer as opposed to a mobile phone.
That said, when someone shares a new doc, makes an important update, or drops a comment on a doc I wrote (!) there is that slot machine-like dopamine rush the would sometimes compel me to start browsing a doc on my phone.
As part of my 30-day declutter process, I disabled the Google Drive app (since it can’t be uninstalled) and removed…
Today I uninstalled most of the apps on my phone. It’s day 1 of my digital declutter.
As someone who already likes to limit the number of apps installed to around what can fit on a single screen, this may not be as drastic of a change as it would be for some. However I still managed to reduce the number of apps installed by over 50% or to about half a screen.
I started by uninstalling any apps on my “out” list. Of course then there are the pesky ones that come pre-installed and can’t be uninstalled. Most Android…