Practical Tips for Digital Minimalism

Although smartphones are a very useful tool, our dependence on them is reaching its extremes. In fact, there are already digital detox clinics for people who are addicted to their phones. That is why a trend is slowly becoming popular, one that seeks to put a little balance in our lives in this aspect of life: digital minimalism.

Its starting point is not the rejection of technology, but using it in proper proportions. That is, rationalize its use and stop being one of those people who are in a sad classic scene in which they meet with a group of friends and most of them spend their time on their phones than socializing with the people by their side.

It’s true that calls, messages, and emails are three basic and necessary tools in our family, work, and social spheres. But they can be better managed with proper schedules, prioritizing what is really important, controlling notifications, etc. The aggravating factor is that we reduce a lot of distractors - like social networks - that end up making us spend most of our lives glued to our cell phone screen.

DIGITAL MINIMALISM PRACTICAL TIPS

Can this battle be won? Digital minimalism believes so. The key is to regulate the amount of time that we spend using our mobile phones. Below are some tips that can help you overcome this addiction.

Deactivate Notifications

Deactivate the notifications of the applications that are not necessary so that the number of times you pick up your cell phone is reduced. By having fewer constant interruptions, the risk that you ending up browsing hours and hours doing nonsense on your phone is reduced.

Discipline

It is necessary to know and define well in which places and moments you should or can use your phone and in which you should not. Humans are not a multitasking being, so when, for example, you’re reading and at the same time chatting on WhatsApp, your reading will be of poor quality.

Management

It’s not healthy to be online every day at all hours, it is better to set limits on any online activity. The number of emails we send determines the responses we get; the fewer we send, the fewer responses we get. Therefore, we must develop more efficient communication schedules and frequency.

Self-control

It is not a matter of radically stopping using your cell phone, but gradually doing it, acquiring the habit of using it only on necessary occasions and leaving it aside when they are not.
The ultimate motivation that will help you become a digital minimalist is thinking about what you could do with all the hours you spend on your cell phones if they became free time.

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