Our lives have become tech-centric. It’s starting to “own” us. It’s time to seek ways to redesign our relationship with technology. Because it’s too late. I mean imagine, I had too many tabs open in my laptop with some random music playing (I don’t know from where) when I was trying to be focused to write this article. Digital technology makes our attention span so so short. Like honestly I just can’t focus for more than a few minutes. Gosh, Such is life.

We are addicted to technology. We crave for it. So we just got to realize that It’s time to be more mindful of what consumes our energy and time. Now it’s time to have digital minimalism.

Minimalism seems to have become a race to own the least. You don’t have to live out of a backpack or move into a tiny house to experience the joys of a minimalist mindset. Minimalism has little to do with the stuff. Things are just a by-product of a mindset. Minimalism is about mindset. So it’s simple, like about living with intention.

You make room — space and time — for the things you love and eliminate everything that distracts us from them

One should be highly intentional with what they chose to do even digitally. What we own and how it impacts your way of living, thinking, and perspective on life.

Because of the by-product of our environment. So choose wisely on what you spend your time on digitally. Just be intentional with our use of technology.

Digital minimalism is the ultimate philosophy that helps you question what digital communication tools (and behaviors surrounding these tools) add the most value to your life. It is motivated by the belief that intentionally and aggressively clearing away low-value digital noise, and optimizing your use of the tools that matter, can significantly improve your life.

You should regularly question yourself  whether a particular piece of technology — email, social media, internet browsing, the phone — is adding or removing value to your life

It’s about making space for what you want in life. There are many ways to embrace a minimalist mindset in a way that makes sense for your situation. Here are some real-life strategies

Decide what you value most

When you have less mental clutter, you can more easily make room for the things in your life that give you immense fulfillment. But before this happens, you must decide what those things are. Minimalism allows channeling the focus into important areas.

Limit your phone to 10 apps

To start practicing minimalisms, Digital life also needs some policing. Just delete every app on the phone and then slowly add back only the ones you find that you can’t live without. It allows to cut out distractions and spend more time with your thoughts. Just clean up the desktop babe. You can also upload those files which you hardly use to cloud and can access them later. Downloading things can be a daunting task too so just take advantage of the access economy by streaming video and music.

Focus on fewer friends

It’s believed that building a network is about quantity over quality, and people generally don’t put much effort into cultivating relationships that made them happy. With the minimalist approach to relationships, discard those who were only interested in your life because of the former position you hold. This helps to spend more time with the small group of people you truly love, those who care about you as a person and not for the size of your social media following

Reduce your physical possessions

While minimalism is about more than physical possessions, getting rid of stuff will improve your life tremendously. It’s the biggest realization from this exercise that the less stuff you needed to own, the less money you need to earn.

But you know what, it’s damn easier said than done. I mean for example while writing this very own article

Ah, I got the sweet ping of a notification on my goddamn phone. It  easily distracts me from my work or study and, although I just  meant to have a quick look, before you know I have  had a Fortnight battle and have scrolled through Facebook, Snapchat, Twitter, and Instagram twice

Surveys have shown that the average user spends 25 hours a week online. Here in India alone, we check our phones almost once every 6 ½ minutes with 73% of us saying we’d find it hard to go a day without checking our phone.

If you’re like me  you read that and thought ‘Nah, I don’t use my phone that much.’ It got me thinking though; how much time are we  spending on our phones and is it time for a digital detox

What is a digital detox?

With more people choosing to take some time away from their phones, digital detoxes – completely giving up your phone or turning it off for 24 hours or more – are becoming more and more popular.

So We’ve found some tried and tested productivity apps that can help you take a break from your phone, letting you focus your energy on the more important stuff. After all, phones are good and with these handy apps, you can make sure you’re always feeling peppy and productive with your mobile, rather than drained and distracted

Moment iOS/ Android

Do you know how many times a day you check your phone?

The Moment app tracks how much you use your phone, how much time you’ve spent looking at the screen, which apps you’ve used most and how many times you’ve unlocked it too.

If you’re a bit embarrassed by your daily totals,(which I am daily !! ) you can use the app to set yourself a daily limit. It’ll then notify you if/when you go over your limit

Moment – Screen Time Tracker - Apps on Google Play
Moment enables you to use your phone in a healthy way, giving you back time for the parts of life that matter most. • See how much time you’re spending on your phone and which apps you’re using most. • Rethink the way you use your phone, one day at a time, through guided coaching sessions at your o…
‎Moment - Screen Time Control
Break your screen and social media addiction through small habit tweaks with Moment. Learn to put your phone down and focus on the moments that matter the most, like friends and family. We understand, your phone is your life and it’s hard to put down between all of the emails, messages and social m…

Space – you need a breather iOS/ Android

We know that checking apps can give you instant gratification – that’s how they work after all and it’s what keeps us going back for more. So, it’s easy to see why it doesn’t take long for us to get hooked.

If you want to take back some control and break your app habit, give the Space app a go.

Space gives you a replacement icon for the apps you need a break from. The new icon gives you a quick breathing exercise to do before taking you to the real app

Isn’t it amazing? So it’s kind of break from the phone plus a meditation app .. how cool is that!

SPACE - Browser Time Management
Browser Time Management
SPACE: Break phone addiction, stay focused – Apps on Google Play
★Featured by Google as an ‘Essential App’ on Play Store★ ★Stay focused, break phone addiction and manage your screen time★ ★Change habits with friends and family (across IOS and Android)★ ★Take our 8 Day Course to Find your phone/life balance★ Smartphones have made our life a lot easier, but it com…
‎SPACE - Break phone addiction
SPACE will help you Find Your Phone/Life Balance. #1 App to break phone addiction# #Stay focused, break phone addiction and manage your screen time# #Change habits with friends & family across platforms# #Take our 8 Day Course to find your phone/life balance# Are you addicted to your phone? Spend…

App Detox Android

iPhone users sad news because this app is only for android users. So technically Once you know how much time you spend on your phone and which apps are eating up most of your time, it’s easier to do something about it right. If you need some help weaning yourself off certain apps, that’s where App Detox comes in.

You can set up usage limits to stop yourself from spending more time than you meant to on individual apps. If you go over your set time, the app will remind you to take a break

Now that’s called an app. Boom .

AppDetox - App Blocker for Digital Detox – Apps on Google Play
Get more social time for your life, block apps and notifications and spent less time on the phone! AppDetox helps you to calm down your mobile app usage, and take a digital detox. You are able to set your own rules for your apps and notifications to detox from some heavy usage and stop procrastinat…

Forest iOS/ Android

If you want an app that motivates you to take a break from your phone and can also help the environment, look no further than Forest. Who not love to be environment-friendly and help your self too. It’s a win-win situation. So basically With the tag line ‘stay focused, be present’, the Forest app helps you put your phone down and focus on the more important things like work, studying or just spending time with friends and family without being guilty of phubbing – snubbing someone in favor of your phone.

‎Forest - Stay focused
## Top productivity app in 136 countries. More than 4 million satisfied paying users. Featured in Apple’s “Amazing Apps” TV commercial. ## Staying focused with the cutest gamified timer. ## Over 700,000 real trees were planted on Earth by our users. “Forest works well, and if your goal is to be …
Forest: Stay focused - Apps on Google Play
★ Staying focused with the cutest gamified timer. ★ ★ Google Play 2015-2016 Best App of the Year, 2018 Best Social Impact App Nomination, 2018 Google Play Editors’ Choice Top Productivity App ★ ★ More than 4 million satisfied paying users. ★ ★ Over 700,000 real trees were planted on Earth by our u…

When you need time to focus, set the time limit – from 10 minutes to 2 hours to plant a seed. The longer you spend with the app open – stopping you from getting distracted by the lure of social media – the more your tree will grow and flourish. But, if you give in to temptation and close the app, the tree will die.

Your fully grown trees will start to make up your forest, with each tree being a happy reminder of the time you’ve spent focused.

And you know what, here is the real catch! you earn virtual coins with every virtual tree you grow. These coins can then be used to grow trees in real life, thanks to Forest’s partnership with a real tree-planting organization, Trees for the Future. Not only will you become more productive, but you’ll be helping the environment too.

Once you’ve cut down the time you spend stalking people on Facebook, you can make the time you spend on your phone count. So, why not set an hour or two aside each day when you can relax and watch a movie, or connect with people that matter. Remember, phones are good and they’re here to make life easier, not harder.

Google Creative Lab

Google has come up with a lot of options to cope up with Digital Wellbeing.

Android Apps by Google Creative Lab on Google Play
Enjoy millions of the latest Android apps, games, music, movies, TV, books, magazines & more. Anytime, anywhere, across your devices.
Post Box - A Digital Wellbeing Experiment - Apps on Google Play
Post Box helps you minimize distractions, by holding your notifications until a time that suits you. Simply choose how often you’d like your notifications to be delivered. When they arrive, they’ll be neatly organised for you to go through. Please note that depending on your device model, functional…
Desert Island - A Digital Wellbeing Experiment - Apps on Google Play
Desert Island helps you find focus, by challenging you to go a day with only your essential apps. Simply pick the apps that are most important to you, then give it a go for 24 hours. Desert Island is part of Digital Wellbeing Experiments, a platform to share ideas and tools that help people find a…
Unlock Clock - A Digital Wellbeing Experiment - Apps on Google Play
Unlock Clock helps you consider your tech usage, by counting and displaying the number of times you unlock your phone in a day. Once downloaded, you can find it under Live Wallpapers in your wallpaper chooser. Unlock Clock is part of Digital Wellbeing Experiments, a platform to share ideas and tool…
We Flip - A Digital Wellbeing Experiment - Apps on Google Play
We Flip enables you to switch off from technology as a group, to spend quality time together. Simply wait for everyone to join, then flip the switch together to begin your session. If someone in the group unlocks, the session will end and you’ll be able to see how you did. We Flip is part of Digita…

But let me tell you one thing honestly.

A big part of the reason we find ourselves spending so much time on our phones is that we don’t have a clear idea of what else we should be doing with our time. So Rather than finding ways to block ourselves out of our devices for a few hours each day, maybe we need to stop and think about what we have to gain from being less attached to them

I and my husband have a clear theory when we are on vacation. No seriously.

It’s a No Phone vacation.

Always.

At least he tries to.

As a result, I felt detached from people I “connect” with daily, and lonely as a result. After this period had passed, though, I felt strangely relaxed. Sure, being surrounded by the country’s natural beauty played a part in that, but for the first time in a long while, I was mentally in the place I was in physically

I try to look at the view with my own eyes rather than through my Instagram stories. Thoughts about whether people were watching my content or whether my new blog is going to be published, all faded because, for the time being, I had no way of knowing. I wanted to live more like this, every day

If time scrolling through social media is passive time, what might be an active use of your time? Maybe it’s meeting a friend for coffee, writing, reading, learning an instrument. Detachment from our screens isn’t just about the time we get back, but also about the way our minds work when they aren’t thinking about any phone-related activity. It’s hard to argue against the notion that our digital lives are starting to give us a skewed sense of reality. For a while, the internet seemed to open up opportunities for us to devour information to which previous generations didn’t have easy access. But now that we’ve set ourselves up with selected news feeds, we’ve stopped actively seeking out different views. Our new mission should  be to become active explorers of the world again.

Finally to sum up,

Minimalism isn’t about rules or numbers or empty spaces where you just sit there and stare at white walls. It’s a way of life, an opportunity to spend more time on what you value and less time in areas of your life that don’t bring you any joy or fulfillment. Experiment with it, and see what works for you.

The last thought I want to leave you with is that digital minimalism is not something that you do once and you’re done with it. It’s easy to delete and declutter your digital life in one big swoop and then immediately start collecting digital junk again.

Therefore, you need to become a better gatekeeper of what you allow in your digital life. Constantly purge anything that doesn’t add value to your life

Above all, remember: You are a person, not a product

Act like one, please!


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