Minimalism is not a competition where ‘the person with the least stuff wins’.
Minimalism teaches us that just because something is good, doesn’t make it helpful. It aims to remove the excess in order for us to focus on the essential. That’s easy enough to understand when it comes to our physical items.
But have you ever considered how you may benefit from minimising your digital world? In a world where smart phone users born between 1995 & 2009 (Gen Z) spend an average of 3.5 hours on their phones daily and the average adult checks their device 80 times a day, it would seem that we have fallen victim to the ‘more is better’ motto of screen time.
It's this that Cal Newport looks at in his excellent book ‘Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World’. He looks the relationship between screen use and mental health and teaches us how a plan and structure with the way we use our screens will maximise the value we get from the things we love, eliminate that which adds no value to our life and find a heap of new time in our day.
If your screen has ever left you feeling anxious or overwhelmed or out of time, take the time to read this book.