This episode features Ben Casnocha, Village Global co-founder and partner, in conversation with Cal Newport, author of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.
Cal starts out by defining what digital minimalism is exactly. He talks about why he refrains from using social media and explains how the mechanics of social apps create something resembling an addiction.
They discuss Henry David Thoreau’s philosophy of time management as explained in Walden, and why you should “think of your phone like the closet in the Marie Kondo show.” Cal explains why a 30-day reset is necessary and how exactly to use that time to find clarity around what is most valuable to you.
Cal talks about the kinds of offline activities that new digital minimalists start to engage in, his unique definition of solitude, and why solitude is so important.
They also give a sneak peek of Cal’s next book, on digital minimalism in the workplace.
Quotes From This Episode
“Minimalism says if you really want to maximize your quality of life, find the things that are really valuable, focus on those, and miss out on the things — not that are bad — but that are good but not that good.”
“The cost of the clutter is going to overwhelm the benefits that each of these things causing the clutter actually creates.”
“You can think about your phone like the closet in the Marie Kondo show.”
“Never before in human history could we get rid of every single moment of solitude in the day.”
“Clean out the proverbial closet and rebuild your digital life from scratch, but just do it much more intentionally.”
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