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Practicing Digital Minimalism

Hello, wonderful creative writer ❤️ I’m glad you’re here today, because I’m going to share with you the life-changing art of digital minimalism. Ever since I got on board with DM, my creativity has sky-rocketed.

Focusing on my writing, not social media.

It dawned on me that I’m not getting a paycheck from Instagram. My dreams and hopes aren’t centered on making Mark Zuckerberg more money. When I was a teenager, I didn’t daydream about being really cool on Twitter.

And, to be truly honest with you, I don’t super enjoy social media. I’m happiest in my life when I’m hyper-focused (to the point that I sometimes forget to eat!) on my writing. That state of flow fills me with warm contentment.

Enter digital minimalism!

I took a month-long break from social media. I stopped thinking of it as part of my life, and ignored it for weeks at a time. The result was a full thrill-ride novella, a writer’s block on my WIP removed, and a deep feeling of peace.

But what is digital minimalism?

Digital Minimalism is a book by Cal Newport, one of my favorite non-fiction authors. It explains the effects of having too much media in our lives. Effects such as lower attention span (did you get this far down the blog without skimming? Congrats! You’re one of the few) and the inability to simply FOCUS.

DM is all about making technology work for you, not the other way around. It’s about re-discovering “solitude,” which means being free from outside thought– which includes social media, news, and books.

Ever wonder why your best thoughts come up in the shower? Solitude, my friend.

Before digital minimalism:

  • Social media was like a gnat, bothering me at all times. It was that feeling of having forgotten something… but what?
  • It was hard to read more than one paragraph at a time.
  • I stopped several times while writing to check notifications.

After digital minimalism:

  • I only use the social media I enjoy: WordPress and Instagram. That’s it. And I only use them at a set time ~ they are ignored the rest of the day.
  • I can see my focus becoming laser-sharp!
  • I’m writing creatively like it’s nobody’s business.

A Quick How To:

I recommend you read the book, but here’s some helpful tips.

  • Eliminate all social media that is distracting you without helping you.
  • Ask yourself: Is [social media] helping me meet my goals? Be honest. Is SEO a high goal when you can just buy ad space?
  • Go on a social media/news “detox.”
  • After your detox, be very picky about what technology you allow back in your life.

The book that changed it all.

Here is the book, and this is not an affiliate link. It’s just a link to Amazon to help you out. Also, I read this book free through my library ebook app, so that’s also an option.

I also recommend his other books, Deep Work (which is another book I love 😍😍😍) and So Good They Can’t Ignore You.

I really do hope you pick up the book, because it is truly life-changing.

Take care, my friend!

MyIndieWriting

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16 thoughts on “Practicing Digital Minimalism

  1. Excellent article, I haven’t read Cal Newport’s Digital Minimalism, but I LOVED Deep Work (except for the Plane part…that…. gave me anxiety for weeks!)

    I have been making a concerted effort to step back from Social Media. I schedule a load of stuff then let it just upload without me doing anything. I’m giving almost no time to any of the platforms I hate (looking at you Facebook)

    But I need to get back to allocating ONLY a specific time for social media – I did it at one time but I’ve fallen out of the habit so this is a great wake up call!

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    1. Hahaha His books are amazing 🙂

      I had not problem getting rid of FB (ugh, that site!) but it’s harder with the nicer social media platforms. Like you, I try to allocate specific time to upkeep social media, though right now everything I have is suspended while I focus on other things.

      Thanks so much for sharing, Ari 🙂

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  2. Yay! I made it past the part where you congratulated me 😂😂 Lol! In all seriousness though, great post. We are taking in so much info everyday. Somewhere, something has to go. I also said bye to Facebook and Instagram a couple years ago. I don’t regret it for a second!

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    1. Oh, nice! I got rid of FB a long time ago, but Instagram has been harder for me. It’s currently suspended, and if I don’t miss it, I’ll just delete it. Fingers crossed, lol 🙂

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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  3. Great post! So many people nowadays seem to find it impractical to completely shut down their social media use, but I love how you talk about only using the social media that brings you joy (and ultimately leads to a more fulfilling experience when you do use it!). So important that we treat technology as an augmentation of what we can already do rather than an organ on which we are constantly dependent. I appreciate you writing about this–it’s so important to normalize the conversation!

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