Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
“A New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestseller. Selected as one Amazons Best Books of 2019.”
*** AN INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER ***
Minimalism is the art of knowing how much is just enough. Digital minimalism applies this idea to our personal technology. It’s the key to living a focused life in an increasingly noisy world.
Media Praise for Digital Minimalism
“[S]urely the first step is to clear out the invasive overgrowth of our digital lives. To this end, Newport’s Digital Minimalism gives us a fighting chance.”
—Taylor Faye, The LA Review of Books
“If you’re interested in applying a method similar to KonMari to your digital life, or if you’re interested in the concept of rewilding, this could be the beginning of a healthier relationship with both technology and the outdoors.”
“Cal Newport may have figured out a solution to let people keep their smartphones and their sanity…. Newport calls his approach ‘digital minimalism,’ which basically means using technology with more intention and purpose. His approach seems much more sustainable than the popular digital detoxes in which participants completely unplug.”
“Digital Minimalism might be the book that frees up time to let you read a few other books…. This book could change your summer, and beyond.”
—Tim Hartford, the Financial Times
“Digital minimalism is actually much more accessible than many of the prevailing anti-tech approaches that tell you to throw your phone in a river and save your brain while you still can.”
“An eloquent, powerful and enjoyably practical guide to cutting back on screen time.”
—The Times of London
“Digital Minimalism is the Marie Kondo of mobile phones”
“[A] manifesto of great practical import for our modern age….I estimate that [my interview with Cal] rates among the most consequential conversations I’ve had in the 6+ year history of this podcast.”
—Rich Roll, host of the Rich Roll Podcast, author of Finding Ultra
In this timely and enlightening book, the bestselling author of Deep Work introduces a philosophy for technology use that has already improved countless lives.
Digital minimalists are all around us. They’re the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience. They stay informed about the news of the day, but don’t feel overwhelmed by it. They don’t experience “fear of missing out” because they already know which activities provide them with meaning and satisfaction.
Now, Newport gives us a name for this quiet movement, and makes a persuasive case for its urgency in our tech-saturated world. Common-sense tips like turning off notifications, or occasional rituals like observing a digital Sabbath, don’t go far enough in helping us take back control of our technological lives, and attempts to unplug completely are complicated by the demands of family, friends, and work. What we need instead is a thoughtful method to decide what tools to use, for what purposes, and under what conditions.
Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how they are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude. He then shares strategies for integrating these practices into your life, starting with a thirty-day “digital declutter” process that has already helped thousands feel less overwhelmed and more in control.
Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you. This book shows the way.
Advance Praise for Digital Minimalism
“I challenge you not to devour this wonderful book in one sitting. I certainly did, and I started applying Cal’s ideas to my own life immediately.”
—Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism
“What a timely and useful book! It’s neither hysterical nor complacent – a workable guide to being thoughtful about digital media. It’s already made me rethink some of my media use in a considered way.”
—Naomi Alderman, author of The Power
“Newport is making a bid to be the Marie Kondo of technology: someone with an actual plan for helping you realize the digital pursuits that do, and don’t, bring value to your life.”
—Ezra Klein, founder of Vox.com
“This book is an urgent call to action for anyone serious about being in
command of their own life.”
—Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle Is the Way
“Digital Minimalism is a welcome invitation to reconsider how we want to use our screens rather than letting the screens (and the billionaires behind them) make the call.”
—-KJ Dell’Antonia, author of How to be a Happier Parent
“Cal Newport has discovered a cure for the techno-exhaustion that plagues our always-on, digitally caffeinated culture.”
—Joshua Fields Millburn, The Minimalists
“Digital Minimalism is the best book I’ve read in some time about our fraught relationship with technology. If you’re looking for a blueprint to guide you as you liberate yourself from the shackles of email, social net-works, smartphones, and screens, let this book be your guide.”
—Adam Alter, author of Irresistible
“You’re not the user, you’re the product. Hang up, log off, and tune in to a different way to be in the world. Bravo, Cal. Smart advice for good people.”
—Seth Godin, author of This Is Marketing
“I hope that everyone who owns a mobile phone and has been wondering
where their time goes gets a chance to absorb the ideas in this book. It’s amazing how the same strategy can work for both financial success and mental well-being: Put more energy into what makes you happy, and ruth- lessly strip away the things that don’t.”
—Pete Adeney, aka Mr. Money Mustache
Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
By Cal Newport
Hardcover, 304 pages (ISBN: 978-0525536512)
E-Book (ASIN: B07DBRBP7G)
Published by: Portfolio (Penguin Random House)
Publication Date: February 5, 2019