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Digital Minimalism: How to Disconnect (Ep. 282)

According to our analytics, you’re probably on your phone right now.

That’s no issue on its own. That’s the most obvious place to listen to a podcast, after all. But what else have you done between now and the moment you picked up your phone?

For many of us, we’d have to admit that we opened an app or two that had nothing to do with this. Our skillful thumbs may have found their way to Instagram on the way here. It’s just a quick stop, after all.

But, as you’ve perhaps already noticed, those stops add up.

We’re not doomed to this. At least, I don’t think so. We just need to change how we live with technology.

So today, we’re talking about Cal Newport’s book, Digital Minimalism, to see if we can piece together some good ideas for shifting our lives away from notification badges and toward something a bit more fulfilling.

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  • 0:05:19 – Our dependence on technology
  • 0:28:24 – Sponsor: Skillshare (Learning new skills)
  • 0:30:31 – Sponsor: Brilliant (Learning problem-solving skills)
  • 0:32:53 – Having periods of solitude
  • 0:56:37 – Taking breaks from social media
  • 1:25:30 – Conclusion

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