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Digital Minimalism

On Living Better with Less Technology
Narrated by: Will Damron
Length: 7 hrs
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Summary

Listen to Digital Minimalism and you'll never again mindlessly sacrifice your productivity to clickbait or lose 40 minutes of your evening to your Instagram feed.  

In this timely and enlightening audiobook, Cal Newport 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 have fun with friends and family and eat out at restaurants without the obsessive urge to document the experience.... 

Now, Newport gives us a name for this quiet movement and makes a case for its urgency in our tech-saturated world. 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.   

Digital Minimalism will teach you how to rethink your relationship to social media and rediscover the pleasures of the offline world. It'll help you implement a 30-day 'digital declutter' process, making sure you're in control of your tech and not the other way around.   

©2019 Cal Newport (P)2019 Penguin Books Ltd

Critic reviews

"An urgent call to action for anyone serious about being in command of their own life." (Ryan Holiday) 

"Cal's call for meaningful and engaged interactions is just what the world needs right now." (Daniel Levitin, author of The Organised Mind)

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Essential Reading for Everyone with a Smartphone!

This is my first review, and it's not going to be a long one. Simply put, this book outlines exactly why you need to take stock of your phone use and how to do it. You'll learn to uncover the beauty of full focus and concentration. Something most people struggle with these days. We are living in a distracted world, where 100% uninderupted thought is almost something of the past. It is possible to gain control again and break the addiction!

Digital Minimalisim should be required reading for everyone with a smartphone in 2019.

Thanks Cal!

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Enjoyable listen, implemented a few things already

Finished it within a week and implemented a few practical tips with good effect- filling social media/ TV time with activities that bring me joy e.g. long walks- so good for figuring out problems I'm worried about; making a meal for family; hoping to try cross fit and potentially mouse book club with time. Feeling so much better, thanks Cal Newport for a balanced approach:)

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Wow - that got me thinking!!!

I read this book as part of Michael Hyatts Leader Books programme. Diving into the book in this way really made me appreciate the excellent content and made me scrutinise the way I used Social Media and how it could waste my leisure time. If you spend many hours starring at your phone screen then this is well worth a read.

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A bit boring - but some good tips and theory

The author states in the beginning of the book that it's not going to be about "tips" or "hacks" on how to become a digital minimalist, that a greater overhaul is instead needed to achieve this. However, a big chunk of the book is just this - tips (although the author himself refers to them as "exercises" or some such). They are not entirely irrelevant however, and combined with concise theory and reasoning underlining the whole idea of digital minimalism it makes perfect sense. The delivery is a big droning and makes listening challenging (I kept finding myself drifting away and having to rewind more times than I care to count) - but the fundamental of the movement had gone in and left a lasting impression on me. My favourite bit is the chaper on quality leisure - the idea is that after we freed the time normally spent mindlessly swiping on our mobile phone, the need to feel it up with intentional and meaningful activities is paramount and is the only way to stop us from relapsing. Never thought about it this way. The author also rightly epmphasises the equal importance of analogue communication and solitude in every person's life.

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Interesting

Quite an interesting concept, by the end you are ready to make your decision to live a bit differently.

Guy is a real slow reader though and it’s quite a big topic so chuck it on 1.25 first and then 1.5 speed if youre listening to it and you’ll have a much better time.

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Newport is interesting, this book is not.

Purchased after coming across Cal Newport multiple times in podcasts and the like. I thought what he had to say about surveillance capitalism was interesting and was excited to find out he had a book on the subject.

There's some interesting titbits throughout, but for the most part it's merely a guide on how to cut social media out your life - and not a particularly insightful one.

If you need a step-by-step guide on cutting social media out your life, this might be interesting to you. If you're looking for deeper reflections on the subject look elsewhere; there's not much going on here.

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A slap around the digital head

Fast-paced, cogent and a light listen. Cal Newport gets to the heart of many of the issues of our reliance on smartphones and general hyperconnectivity. Read it, then share it with anyone who you generally see with a blue light illuminating their face, when you'd rather be in the room talking with them

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Necessary Read

This book underscores the concept of less being more valuable to a quality life beyond just technology, but speaks to the many unnecessary distractions that clutter our daily lives.

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For anyone who thinks they need more time

Loved this book and was actually already implementing a lot of the advice from it in a bid to break free from the attention economy that is social media and smart phone use.

What this book did was clarify and formalise that advice and make me feel less like a crazy person for so aggressively wanting to reduce my screen time and social media use.

Key takeaway: define the key reason you use each app and work out how to enhance that and reduce the possible negatives... what is the key reason you use ‘Facebook’ or ‘instagram’ or is it unashamedly just to throw away hours of life?

If you need more time to do ANYTHING in life, read this book.

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Essential reading/listening for this digital age.

Highly recommend this insightful book. Full of great tips to manoeuvre productively through the attention economy.