Time for a Digital Declutter: 8 Simple Ways to Cut Screen Time
As I sit on my sectional, banging away on my laptop, my phone is nowhere within reach. In fact, it's currently set to airplane mode and stashed in my nightstand for the foreseeable future. You see, I'm learning to master the art of digital minimalism, a term popularized by Cal Newport, an author and associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University.
In Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World, ($16; amazon.com) Newport makes the case for a thorough digital declutter, a task that requires reassessing our (often unhealthy) relationship with tech. As he defines it, digital minimalism is an "intentional approach to technology that involves a limited number of online activities."
You have to digitally declutter to get there—to become the kind of person who can step away from their phone without, say, worrying that everyone is sharing memes without you. "The process allows you to focus on a few online behaviors that return you a lot of value—while happily missing out on everything else," Newport says.
Armed with the desire to spend more time away from my glass-and-aluminum sidekick—and way less time scrolling Instagram—I gave digital decluttering a try. Here's how you, too, can pull it off.