Digital Minimalism: Strategies to Simplify Digital Life
We live in a technologically advanced age, and it’s easy to get caught up in the never-ending stream of online distractions. It’s important to take a step back and assess the effect that our digital habits are having on our lives as we spend more and more time online. I would like to share some digital minimalism strategies that have personally helped me simplify my digital life. These strategies have proven to be effective and may be useful for those who wish to embrace a minimalist lifestyle.
Digital minimalism is the practice of intentionally reducing screen time and digital distractions to improve our overall well-being. It’s a philosophy that can help us create a healthier relationship with technology.
1. Track Your Online Time
It’s important to monitor the time you spend using your devices. Being aware of the actual time you spend on screens could be a compelling incentive to modify your lifestyle. There are apps like Stay Free, Social Fever etc to track the app, web and phone usage time and you will be surprised to see how many hours are wasted unnecessarily.
2. Set Boundaries
Decide on specific times of day when you’ll check your email, social media, or other online accounts, and stick to those times.
3. Turn Off Notifications
Turn off notifications so you’re not constantly interrupted by incoming messages. I do this specifically when I have to work on a presentation or read or write a blog post. Airplane mode is the simplest app on every phone. With one button, you can silence all notifications.
4. Prioritize Your Time
Identify the activities that are most important to you and make sure that you’re spending your time on those activities rather than mindlessly scrolling through social media or watching videos online. Has it ever happened to you that you decided to take a 10 minutes break, clicked on Instagram, and in a blink of an eye 2 hours were gone? I remember, there was a time when I’d mindlessly watch dogs and cats videos/ reels for hours.
5. Find Offline Activities
Discover activities that you enjoy that don’t involve technology, such as reading, spending time outdoors, or socializing with friends and family. Make time for these activities regularly.
6. Use Technology Mindfully
Technology, in the form of phones, tablets, and notebooks, is making our lives better than ever before. Instead of mindlessly scrolling through your phone, use technology intentionally to accomplish specific tasks or to learn something new. I have joined communities on Reddit (Explain Like I’m Five, I Want to Learn, Life Hacks etc) and they are so insightful and interesting.
By implementing these strategies, I’ve found that I’m able to reduce my screen time and digital distractions while still staying connected and productive. I hope you’ll find these tips helpful as well.
Let’s make an effort to be more intentional with our use of technology and prioritize our well-being. Together, we can embrace digital minimalism and create a healthier relationship with technology.
April 5, 2023 9:58 am|
I really enjoyed reading your article on digital minimalism! Your insights on the benefits of disconnecting and the practical tips for achieving it were refreshing and helpful.
April 5, 2023 10:47 am|
Great tips, and I agree, we have to stay in control. (Even if sometimes that means that I decide that the next 2 hours are for no-thinking scrolling 🙂 ) It can get addictive, just like anything else that turns off the ever-churning wheels do better to do some of what you suggest!
April 5, 2023 11:57 am|
This is so true, Shilpa. Earlier I would find myself lost in IG, esp. the dog videos. They are super cute, but they suck you in and you forget you have a life!
Now, I have set timers on my phone for Twitter and IG. Just five minutes there and the app shuts down. We must take back our time from these digital giants before they eat us alive! 🙂
April 6, 2023 7:58 pm|
Great tips, Shilpa! I’ve been following them for the past two years and they have truly enhanced the quality of my time. We must take back control from the devices before it’s too late!
April 12, 2023 12:01 am|
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