A Microcosm of Minimalism

A Book Report on Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport

Digital Minimalism: a philosophy of technology use in which you focus your online time on a small number of carefully selected and optimized activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else.

Cal Newport

Adapting Cal Newport’s method to Shabbat, I’ve come up with this challenge for you this Shabbat!

The Digital Declutter Process: Jewish Edition

  1. Put aside a 25-hour period in which you will take a break from ALL technology in your life with Shabbat/thought.
  2. During this 25-hour break, explore and rediscover Shomer Shabbat activities and behaviours that you find satisfying and meaningful in your connection with HaShem with Prayer/speech.
  3. At the end of Shabbat, reintroduce required technologies into your life, starting from a blank slate. For each technology you reintroduce, determine what value it serves in your Jewish life and how specifically you will use it to maximize your service to HaShem with Mitzvot/deeds.

Define your technology rules!

When reintroducing technology into your life, ask yourself these questions:

  1. Why am I using this device?
  2. What am I using this for?
  3. How will I use this to enhance my life (and my connection with HaShem?)

Delete Social Media from your phone!

There is only one question when it comes to Social Media’s place in your Jewish life:

Am I using this to connect with HaShem?

In other words, am I using this to connect and keep up with my Jewish community, or am I distracting myself from quality connection with them?

Make your next phone a Kosher phone!

This one is a lot less simple. I’ve yet to figure out the technicalities for Kosher phone service providers in my country, but if you’re in America this should be a lot easier. Here’s a cool video about Kosher Technology in the Chasidic community of Williamsburg from my favourite tour guide/vlogger, Frieda Vizel.

Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy WorldDigital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World by Cal Newport My rating: 5 of 5 stars Read my review on Goodreads!

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