Book Review of ‘Digital Minimalism’ | The Mindful Writer

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Hi. Today I have a book review of Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport.

I read his other book, Deep Work, and I really loved it. This, for me, this is one of the best books I’ve read in ages, and I think everybody should read it because, I for one, cannot handle too much social media and I can’t handle sometimes the sheer velocity at which information comes at me. It’s too much for me to process too quickly, which is why I don’t use my phone for some of the things he talks about. But I guess the bottom line is I still need to do some rethinking in terms of what tools I use from the old digital toolbox, because Cal Newport’s not on Facebook or Twitter. He’s not on any social media. However, I’m not saying you should abandon social media and neither does he.

He just says to be wiser about how you use it. One of the steps for doing that is going through what he recommends as a “30-day digital decluttering” process, which I think I’m definitely going to do at some point. But I will let you know when that happens, because chances are I will probably stop making YouTube videos for awhile simply to think about how I’m using them, why I’m using them, what benefit you’re getting out of it, that sort of thing. Again, it’s a great book and it gets you to really look at social media in a way that can help you to get control of it rather than let it control you.

That’s pretty much it and I’ll talk to you later.

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Originally published at on December 10, 2019.

New York Times bestselling author of seven novels, including the Sam McRae Mystery series. Screenwriter, podcaster, and blogger. My website:

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