Booktober 5th: “Digital Minimalism” by Cal Newport

[This is Day 5 of #Booktober! Stay tuned for more recommendations!]

What It Is: Newport applies his principles of deep work and intentional excellence to the arena of our digital lives, and he proposes a countercultural approach to find freedom from screen-slavery while living in a digitally-obsessed culture.

Why You Should Read It: If you’ve ever complained about how much time you spend on social media or how lousy it makes you feel, this book is a must-read for you. I’ve written about it in more detail here, but to summarize: Newport’s prescription for how to tame the digital beast is hard to swallow for some and requires a great deal of intentionality and thoughtfulness, but it makes a lot of sense. As with any good, hard thing worth doing, putting it into practice is the challenge, but it’s plain to see that he’s on the right track here. Read this book, and let Newport help you take a step back and reassess your relationship with your gadgets and online life.

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