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Digital Minimalism

Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
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A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today best seller

"Newport is making a bid to be the Marie Kondo of technology: someone with an actual plan for helping you realize the digital pursuits that do, and don't, bring value to your life." (Ezra Klein, Vox

Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It's the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world.

In this timely and enlightening book, the best-selling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives. 

Digital minimalists are all around us. They're the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience. They stay informed about the news of the day, but don't feel overwhelmed by it. They don't experience "fear of missing out" because they already know which activities provide them meaning and satisfaction. 

Now, Newport gives us a name for this quiet movement and makes a persuasive case for its urgency in our tech-saturated world. Common sense tips, like turning off notifications, or occasional rituals, like observing a digital sabbath, don't go far enough in helping us take back control of our technological lives, and attempts to unplug completely are complicated by the demands of family, friends, and work. What we need instead is a thoughtful method to decide what tools to use, for what purposes, and under what conditions. 

Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude. He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a 30-day "digital declutter" process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control. 

Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you. This book shows the way.

©2019 Cal Newport (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critiques

"What a timely and useful book! It's neither hysterical nor complacent - a workable guide to being thoughtful about digital media. It's already made me rethink some of my media use in a considered way. " (Naomi Alderman, New York Times best-selling author of The Power)

“This book is an urgent call to action for anyone serious about being in command of their own life.” (Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way)

“I hope that everyone who owns a mobile phone and has been wondering where their time goes gets a chance to absorb the ideas in this book. It’s amazing how the same strategy can work for both financial success and mental well-being: Put more energy into what makes you happy, and ruthlessly strip away the things that don’t.” (Peter Adeney, aka Mr. Money Mustache)

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  • Ben
  • 10/02/2019

Well Crap

This was an amazing book but now I have to change!

It’s amazing how comfortable we have become with companies leeching our time away, especially in the digital sector. This book really gets you thinking and reflecting on yourself and how you use technology.

The nice thing is that it isn’t cramming an agenda down your throat, it’s just asking you to think and make up your own mind. I needed that and appreciate it too.

A great book that I will certainly be sharing. Thank you.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 12/02/2019

How To Live The Good Life

I was expecting a mere guide on how to use less technology, but I was extremely and pleasantly surprised to find that Cal Newport actually developed a much deeper philosophy of how to live the good life in the technological era. This book has the potential to radically improve many people's lives.

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  • Carol Egan
  • 28/02/2019

The best book ever!

Digital Minimalism could perhaps be the best book I’ve ever read! Sure, social media is just a tool, but it’s been designed to possess us! It’s addictive, and Cal Newport, slam dunks the message in this book! Even if you think you have social media under control, read this book. It’s a game changer, it can literally give you your freaking mind back! I love all Cal Newport’s books, but this one made its way to one of the best books ever read! And that I read one book a week, that’s saying a lot!

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  • Paul D. Simmons
  • 18/02/2019

Life changing

excellent narrator and vital subject matter if you want to regain control of your mind and attention

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11/02/2019

great book, could have been a little shorter

I have read all of Dr. Newport's books and they are always excellent and interesting. He makes a compelling argument and makes it very thoroughly.

There were a few parts, like when he was describing the particulars of CrossFit, that I felt made the book bloated. Do readers really need to be given example Workouts of the Day (WOD) to understand that CrossFit is good for social relationships?

Overall, great premise and great book, but you might want to keep the skip button handy for a few parts.

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  • Richard
  • 26/03/2019

A Great Guide For Modern-Day Life

Cal provides a lot of scientific and anecdotal evidence to show us why we should consider being more conscious of our digital device and social media usage.

What I really enjoyed is that he offers actionable steps to implement his philosophy of digital minimalism and shares a variety of different “degrees” of said digital minimalism.
He provides the WHY and the HOW.

He did a very thorough job and has convinced me to try this out. When I read the benefits, I’ll come back and update this.

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  • Pen Name
  • 15/02/2019

Fantastic - I bought time

I really wasn't expecting much and just assumed this would be an anti technology hit piece to try to convince people to make a binary decision about whether or not to be on social media. I often defend my social media usage, "I like watching my friends kids grow up."

Instead of the binary decision, the author really makes great points about how we do get benefit from social media and from smartphones, however the benefit we receive can be achieved in a few minutes per week. He uses the F.I.R.E. movement and Mr Money Mustache as example of how people are using money to buy back their time.

I'm starting to value my time here. I removed Facebook and social media from my smartphone. I feel I still need a phone for Google Maps, but it doesn't need to be used to fill my time and to be the default go to device when I am bored.

If I had to critique the book I would say that I wasn't really feeling the "us vs them" attitude of Facebook. I feel that they really do care about reducing usage and have recently cut back some addicting features. Apple has done this too with Screen Time. It was borderline victim mentality at some points.

Overall, I hope I can stick with these changes. If I do, this book will have saved me hundreds of hours of week and hopefully makes me feel less anxious all the time.

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  • Daniel
  • 14/02/2019

5 years too late

Loved deep work. I feel like this is written for people way behind the curve, if anyone.

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  • Helmi
  • 08/03/2019

The book is better than the audible version

I have the printed and audible versions and the later is so difficult to listen to.

He sounds so monotonous that I cannot listen to him for more than 30 mins without feeling so low and down.
Interestingly the book is a different story.
It is nice to read and structured very well.. The Audible version should have the same layout yes, but his voice makes it sounds so dull.
I wonder how his students can stay awake during his talk/lecture.

Stay away from all his audible versions

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  • Joe Graziano (financial consultant, author, and ...lover)
  • 17/04/2019

Taken Aback By This Book

I’ve really enjoyed some books on audible, but this one has got to be the best and most important book I’ve read so far.

As someone who really enjoys technology and an idealist at heart, this book really spoke to a foundational level. I’m going through the process of more thoughtfully planning my usage of my phone and computer, and I had been hearing that people who grew up with smartphones are experiencing astronomical levels of anxiety and depression. A few years back, I heard of four or five suicides occurring in one year at a local high school. So you could say that this seemed much bigger than some minor annoyance that lots of people write it off as and forget about. I even had a friend reach out to me about a service he is now providing to help the digital generation become better acclimated to the workforce. I can’t leave out that my freshman year of college in the honors dorm the valedictorian and everyone on the bottom floor flunked out because World of Warcraft had just come out....Even on a school trip overseas countless hours were spent on Facebook. This was the year they introduced a lot of important features. As you can see looking back I’ve seen and experienced a lot of the negative side effects.

This book explains how to use technology instead of it using you. More importantly it explains reasons why we should. The author cites a few different mindsets on this which really shows this is not so much about productivity but a lifestyle choice.

I’m convinced that after adopting the wisdom in this book those who implement these thoughts are going to feel like they’ve come out of a long technology induced coma.

I know that a lot of reviews say, “Get this book!” Well this one really is that book for me because it’s a book for everyone and everything.

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  • Daniel Hundhausen
  • 07/03/2019

Much ado about little content

The content of this book really breaks down to the title on the cover: Minimize wasted time in the digital world by limiting and optimizing it to support your life in the real world.
I agree with this idea but this book was way blown up by various more or less fitting case studies and (to me) really could have been kept at the length of an extensive blog post. The author frequently loses himself in completely irrelevant details about people, places and circumstances that have nothing to do with the (very hard to follow) plot.
To me this book could have used a good dose of minimalism by reducing all the clutter in the content that makes it a pain to listen through.

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  • Christian Anderl
  • 19/02/2019

I usually don’t Call a Book „Must read“

But for this One i make an exception. Perfectly sums up the Situation we‘re all in right now and how to escape it and gain back control over or lifes

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  • Mircea-Luchian Pojoni
  • 28/03/2019

Great Book!

A much needed blueprint that lays the foundation for regaining autonomy in an era where industry titans spend billions to rewoke it. If you feel overwhelmed by today's information influx and you're tired of big data companies "farming" your attention, this is probably the best way to start your journey back to a more balanced life. Cal is a baaad motherf*cker.