Pull Over PushEliminating push notifications in favor of checking for things yourself. For example, turning off notifications for your social media and instead checking it once a week.
Master of the ToolsA common theme of digital minimalism is that people have become a tool of their tools such that they appear to have a slavish devotion to technology. This can be reversed by using technology to achieve goals in a purpose-driven way and refusing to be pushed into negative behaviors. For example, using the internet to research information you need as opposed to developing bad habits such as obsessive media consumption.
DisciplineTechnology minimalism is a decision to behave in a disciplined way in the selection, use and management of technology. Discipline is the practice of doing the right thing even when you feel motivated to do otherwise. For example, avoiding entertaining media when you are supposed to be studying or working.
ConfigurationTaking the time to configure technology to disable or remove unwanted features and functions.
Digital DeclutteringThe process of deleting programs, files and data that you no longer need.
Paced ConsumptionCarefully considering technology purchases and downloads such that you consume less.
Power ToolsThe selection of technologies that have broad usefulness. For example, selecting a single app to organize things and communicate as opposed to dozens of apps to organize different aspects of your life and communicate with different sets of people. pleasing and productive to use. This is related to the goal of mastering technology as opposed to jumping through hoops for it.
Low TechnologyLow technology is an enthusiasm for inexpensive, feature-poor and outdated technology over the cutting edge. For example, the use of kitchen appliances that aren't connected to the internet.
Reliability Over NoveltyAvoiding the newest thing for the sake of the newest thing. This doesn't mean that you never change or that you allow yourself to fall behind. It is more about resisting meaningless fads in favor of new technology that is likely to meaningfully improve things.
Defensive ComputingDefensive computing is the practice of considering the security implications of each technology you use and each configuration option you select. For example, avoiding apps that you don't trust.
ManagementTaking the time to manage the technologies you use. For example, cleaning up old messages in your inbox.
PragmatismIn some cases, people become obsessed with minimalism such that they spend countless hours trying to remove and configure things to be as small as possible. This can run contrary to the goal of improving productivity and quality of life.
|Overview: Digital Minimalism|
The process of diligently controlling the complexity of technology to improve productivity and quality of life.