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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

Commentaires

"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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Some good advices, but a bit generation-specific.

My favorite part of the book: "you can't build the new Facebook if you spend your time on Facebook."

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20/04/2019

Deep Work is much better book

This books in the end represents just two prolonged chapters of Deep Work. If you haven’t read Deep Work and you spent significant amount of time on social media, then it is great book to read, otherwise it’s average book. The author imo should also more discussed YouTube which seem to me as undervalued issue.

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  • Aaron
  • 15/04/2019

Disappointing

I really liked deep work and I had high expectations for this book too. Those expectations were not met. The book has a few good points but it is very light on "new" information. Yeah, social media companies are out to maximize usage. Yeah, the best thing to do is to ditch it. Done. It felt like 80% of the book is how companies like facebook manipulate users and what you can do about it. What about everything else "digital" that there is to minimize? Lastly, the narrator was really a poor fit. He sounded like Android 17. Very monotone and robotic.

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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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  • Tommilaitio
  • 27/04/2019

i deleted all social media apps

this book is an important reminder on why we need to reclaim control of our time. i deleted all sociql media apps and downloaded Moments to track my time on my phone.

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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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  • 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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  • Jackson
  • 28/04/2019

Could have been a blog post

Summary: Try to use your phone less than you do and you'll probably be happier, and there has been research to prove it. Everything else in this book is kind of a derivative of that.

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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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  • Nilsson
  • 13/04/2020

trivial

langatmig, kein Wiederhörwert , einzelnen Artikel auf ein ganzes Buch gestreckt die Zeit nicht wert

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  • Adela
  • 16/09/2020

FINISHED IT IN 2 DAYS!

WOW! Very good book and very informative. Narrator was also on point! Loved it! now pls lemme go throw away my phone lol

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  • Ro-De-Us
  • 25/06/2020

What a pretentious writing!...

Very disappointing. Good message, awful package. So many unnecessary words for expressing a simple idea! Ironically, the author preaching minimalism delivers precisely the opposite. He pompously insists on irrelevant details and personal experiences, seems enamored with himself, and makes large detours to fill in the pages of a book which could be easily a brochure. "Academese" at its "best"...

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  • Ana
  • 12/04/2020

Not as good as expected

I loved Cal Newport's previous books but this one was a bit too long-winded and with very little flesh. There are too many anecdotal stories and it simply does not go straight to the point. Could not even finish it.

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  • Alexander
  • 25/12/2019

Pflichtlektüre für Generation Y, Z und alle Smartphone-User

Das wahrscheinlich beste und reflektierteste Buch zur Nutzung der digitalen Technologien. Ein Must-Read bzw. Listen für all diejenigen, die das digitale Chaos gesund überstehen wollen.

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  • Mohamed Nadjib MAMI
  • 17/12/2019

Revolutionary, visionary and mind shifting book

The book opens your mind into all the bad-intentioned tactics that social media are doing to keep us hooked and thus driving money to their accounts.

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  • Grzegorz Milka
  • 20/09/2019

Good ideas on improving ones tech-life

Digital minimalism is about choosing technologies and its use to best support one's goals and needs. I found the book useful for analysing my technology use and introducing new useful habit ideas.

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  • Frank Zenke
  • 12/09/2019

This will change your Life if you actually do this

I have applied this to my life for 2 weeks by now and it's already changing everything. My interactions with people. My productivity and most importantly my Happyness. I would recomment this audio book for litterly everybody. Thanks to Cal Newport for this Masterpiece

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  • Calvin
  • 23/07/2019

Changed my life

Started the 30 day challenge. Immediate effects. You have to try it now! Cal Newport is one of the smartest thinkers out there.