Written by Sarah
How To Become A Digital Minimalist
Just as Marie Kondo, the queen of organisation, has helped us understand that organising and decluttering our physical spaces can help achieve calm, author of ‘Digital Minimalism’ Cal Newport suggests that we can do the same with our digital spaces. And with so many of us living online these days, it’s become more important than ever to have a meaningful, mindful and balanced relationship with technology.
So what is Digital Minimalism?
Newport explains that it is “philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimised activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.”. In other words use it to support your goals, not take over.
How do you achieve it?
- Declutter – ask yourself how important the technology and apps you use are. Think about how much time you spend on it, whether it’s useful or as Kondo would say ‘brings you joy’. If the answer is no – you know what to do…
- Optimise – this is where you think about how you’ll use the technology you’ve decided to keep to its full potential. For example you might not want to give up Netflix, but you do waste a lot of time on it, so you decide that you don’t binge watch alone.
- Be Intentional – don’t be afraid not to comment, not to like, not post that pic and be more intentional about how you engage with technologies. Use social media to support your goals and ambitions instead.
Of course it’s all about taking little steps, even just cutting down your screen time can really make a difference to your mental health and relationship with technology. At The Project at Hoxton, we really believe in this and have created digital free zones to help you disconnect with technology and unwind.