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DIGITAL MINIMALISM: A WAY FOR SIMPLE AND HAPPY LIFE

 

DIGITAL MINIMALISM: A WAY FOR SIMPLE AND HAPPY LIFE

Digital minimalism
Digital Minimalism

Nowadays, Digital minimalism is very important in our life to live a peaceful life. 

Our time and our energy is the most valuable and precious resource that we have. 

We spend so much of our lives on our digital devices and connected to the Internet. And it's not a bad thing. 

Technology contributes to our lives in many positive ways. But there's another side to that as well. 

Most people spend many hours every day on their phones. And our screens seem to regulate us rather than the opposite way around.

Today I will impart to you 20 simple or relatively easy digital minimalism tips that will assist you with gaining back in power. 

So you can upgrade how you utilize your gadgets, in a way that genuinely supports your joy, prosperity, and well-being.

Number one has a one-screen policy

One screen at a time
One screen policy

The first tip that helped me out extremely is surprisingly easy. And that is to have a one-screen policy. 

Which means that you're only using one screen at a time. 

So rather than being on your laptop while also watching your TV or checking your phone. 

Just be on your laptop or TV or phone (anyone). And if that's hard for you. 

Then attempt to place your phone elsewhere where you can't hear it or see it. 

Same when watching TV, don't also be on your phone at the same time. 

Because this switching of our attention back and forth between different devices is extremely tiring for our brain. 

So protect your mental energy and only use one screen at a time.

Number two Track your screen time

Most phones nowadays built-in such ways that you can easily track your screen time. 

And if it doesn't then you can use an app like StayFree or Screen Time. 

So the first step to changing behavior is seeing it for what it is. 

And a lot of people greatly underestimate the time they spend on their phones. 

If you can track it you can directly see how much time a day you are spending on your phone. 

And which apps take up the most of your valuable time or you are kind of addicted to them. 

And this can serve as either a good to know type thing, or in some other cases it can be a clear wake-up call that you really have to make some changes and this can really motivate you to get started.

Number three Set limits for your apps

At the point when you know how long you are really spending on your applications, at that point you can likewise set cutoff points to it. 

For instance, YouTube can let you know when you've spent a certain amount of time watching videos in a row.

Or on the other hand, you can likewise utilize something like Freedom, which can make certain applications or sites not even accessible to you during specific occasions or even certain days. 

So if you know any more useful apps that can either help you to track your screen time, or set limits, then please share them with the rest of us in the comments.

Number four-set your screens to black and white

Set screen to black and white
Set screen to black and white

This is an unexpected but very helpful way to spend less time on your phone. 

And especially platforms that are very visually engaging like Instagram, of course, can have a lot less power over you if they are displayed in black and white. 

So if you want to do this on your phone, the option usually is under settings and then display.

Number five, switch off notifications

If I could only give you one tip to get back in control and not like your phone run your life, it is this one. 

Switching off notifications will help you to regulate when you want to use your device. 

Instead of your phone distracting you and demanding your attention throughout the day. 

Notifications also have a way of drawing our attention towards the phone. 

So for instance when you get a notification that somebody commented on something you posted on social media. 

First, you just want to see what they said. 

However, when you are inside the application, the scrolling over begins. 

Also, before you know it, you've gone through 20 minutes on your phone looking over mindlessly through the app.

Number six, have tech-free moments in your day

Tech free moments
Tech free moments

This can be the first hour after waking up or in the evening the hour before going to bed. 

I also like to have screen-free times during meals, so that I can eat my meals peacefully. 

And we don't have to be connected 24/7. 

So think of this as kind of like a very small detox that will help you to also be more detached and disengaged from your phone and your devices the rest of the day.

Number seven, Simplify your inbox

I like to create folders for different parts of my life and my business in my inbox. 

And Every time I have dealt with an email, it goes straight into the folder. 

So because of this, my inbox usually has five emails max, and a lot of the time it's zero.

Number eight, Email once daily

Email once a day
Email once a day

Speaking of emails, try to handle them once or maybe twice daily at a particular time. 

Especially if you spend a lot of time responding to emails. 

And every time an email comes in, it is a distraction. And the good thing about email is of course that we don't have to instantly respond. 

So try to bulk the time you spend responding to emails. 

For example every evening for 30 minutes or an hour. 

And this can also be done for your social media accounts. 

So nothing bad is going to happen if you respond to or share something once or twice a day instead of throughout the day.

Number nine, do a digital detox

This can be short and sweet for example one day. 

Some people also do like screen fewer Saturdays. 

If you really want to distance yourself for a while, try doing it for a week. 

And you can also try a social media detox do that for a month. 

The point here is to create some distance and become less attached to our phones and our screens and our social media. 

So kind of like a mini-vacation for your brain.

Number ten sets a limit to how long you want to spend taking photos/videos

Social media sharing
Social media sharing


If you go to some very nice place, the first thing that will be on many individuals’ minds is recording it. 

So taking a couple of pictures, Snapping a video, maybe sharing it on the web, or simply saving it for yourself as a memory. 

And it is all fine but to a certain extent. 

Suppose that you are on a road trip to some wonderful place. 

And the number one thing that you should focus on then in my opinion anyway if you really enjoy the moment to the fullest and appreciate the beautiful day. 

Enjoy your moment to fullest
Enjoy your moment to the fullest

Continually attempting to record everything as it is going on around you will detract from that. 

So try to set a limit to how long you can spend taking photos or making videos. 

For example, just say to yourself Okay I'm going to spend ten minutes now making photos, and then I'm going to enjoy the rest of the day with my phone tucked away.

Number eleven, do a digital de-clutter

Minimalism doesn't just apply to our physical space, we can use the same principles to de-clutter our digital space. 

So de-clutter apps you haven't used, organize your inbox, simplify your desktop, delete old photos and files from your devices.

A messy space is a messy mind and this also goes for digital devices.

Number twelve, protect yourself from blue light

The blue lights that the screen emit are not healthy for our eyes. 

And there is also an indication that it can negatively impact other parts of our life like, for example, our sleep. 

So try to protect yourself. Most phones have a blue light filter that you can use, which is also something that I use. 

This makes the blue light slightly warmer on the yellow side. 

And for example, you might also think of using protective blue light goggles. 

Especially when you're on your laptop or your phone for a while. 

What I like to do always, is turn the screen brightness way down. 

And you can also think about using the black mode for certain apps that you use more so the screen is also a little bit less bright on your eyes. 

And of course, no screen time before bed, so you can have a good night's rest.

Number thirteen, introduce friction

Social media
Social media friction

If you want to change habits, a great way is to introduce friction. 

And that makes it a little harder to do what you want to stop doing. 

For example, delete social media apps so that you have to log in through the browser. 

Just don't put them on the main screen. And if you don't want to use your phone for some time, keep it in another room.

Number fourteen, introduce screen-free zones

Keep some places in your house where screens are not allowed. 

For example no screen in bed. Or there is no screen on the dining table while eating meals. 

And if you have any more ideas for no screen zones in your home leave them in the comments.

Number fifteen, seek out solitude

Silence
Silence

We need regular amounts of quiet time. 

Without the input of videos audiobooks, news reports, podcasts, etc. 

So when you take a break, make sure that there is indeed restitution, without subjecting your mind to even more information and stimuli. 

Silence is probable. This is an opportunity. 

When, in the end, there is nothing screaming at you demanding your attention. 

You are free to enjoy the moment and experience it for what it is. 

Or to suddenly realize that you are not just your head but there is also a body attached. 

And that body has been sitting slumped down in a chair for an hour and it needs a nice stretch. 

Silence can serve as a reset button. There is great value in silence. 

And not just for when you feel a little blue, and you want to shut out the world. 

However, that too can sometimes work wonders. 

But whenever and wherever you feel that you want to get back in touch with life. 

With yourself, with your inner power. 

Your heartbeat and your breath. Or to connect with others, loved ones, on a basic level that does not include chitchat. 

Silence doesn't just mean the absence of noise. 

It's about pausing. 

Letting yourself find out more about this particular moment. 

When we are busy avoiding silence, we are busy avoiding dealing with ourselves

Number sixteen, Prioritize real connections

Real connection
Real connection

People are social animals and even introverts need to be around other people from time to time. 

Not through the screen, but in real life. 

So really try to hang out with people and when you do, keep your phone away. 

Just enjoy the conversation and their real connection. Don't be on your phone outside.

Number seventeen is not using your phone when you're outside

You saw many people walking around looking at their phones. 

And if you do this all day, then the day will just pass you only and you will not even notice. 

So you can make it real for yourself when you are walking out and going from point A to point B. 

Just keep your phone away and try not to walk and scroll.

Number Eighteen, No Auto screens

If your phone has a function where the screen turns on when you pick it up or when you move it, please turn it off. 

And if you are wearing a smartwatch and it has a function as you rotate your wrist, please close it too. 

You do not need to divert attention from these things throughout the day. 

And just like notifications, you don't want to tell your device that it's time to do something. 

You want to have that control for yourself.

Number Nineteen, Choose one social media platform

This is perhaps a little extreme for some people but it can really help out a lot. 

So when it comes to social media so much if it is done without a lot of intention. 

We use it randomly because we use it this way. So you have a choice. 

You do not need to choose a life without social media. 

But you can choose only one platform. 

It depends on exactly on which platform does your decision provides you the most real value.

Number twenty, be a digital minimalist

If you really want to make changes in your life, sometimes these tips and tricks can be helpful. 

But to really make it stick, you need a paradigm shift. 

Digital minimalism can be that for you. 

It helps you to identify the digital tools that add the most value to you and happily miss out on what doesn't. 

It's about being intentional, cutting away the digital noise that only serves to distract us, and optimizing how we use our devices to make sure they actually improve our lives. 

A digital minimalist is someone who doesn't mind missing out on a certain small benefit that an app or technology might have and believes in less is more. 

And they only use a digital tool when it is of tremendous value for them and if it truly improves a certain aspect of their life. 

They also keep their digital space organized and have no problem being offline either regularly. 

Digital minimalism is a great way to simplify your life.

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