Welcome to our fourth Note on one of Cal Newport’s brilliant books.
As we’ve discussed in the other Notes, Cal is one of my favorite thinkers. He got his Ph.D. in Computer Science from MIT and is now a Professor at Georgetown.
Since interviewing Cal about those books a few years ago, we’ve spent a fair amount of time chatting about Optimizing and a life well lived. In fact, he was basically the only human with whom I regularly scheduled chats during my hermit phase. (lol.)
I LOVE the way he sees the world and how his brain works. So when he told me about his ideas around “digital minimalism” I immediately got very excited to see what he’d come up with.
In fact, I got so excited to help him spread these ideas as far and wide as possible that this book became one of the catalysts for me to expand Optimize beyond just me and my work.
Enter: Digital Minimalism 101
<- Our first “101 with Friends” in which Cal walks us through 10 Big Ideas from this book to help us APPLY his philosophy on how to extract the best from technology while letting go of the rest.
As you can imagine, I HIGHLY recommend the book.
Given the fact that the fastest way to Optimize your life is to STOP doing things that are sub-optimal AND the fact that (for nearly all of us) our use of technology is the #1 thing that “Needs work!,” it’s SUPER important for us to figure out how to best use all the technology available to us WITHOUT becoming lost in a tsunami of inputs.
Enter: Our new philosophy of technology use: Digital Minimalism.
Enter: My SUPER strong recommendation of the book and my ALL IN commitment to helping create a movement around the ideas in the book. As you know, I rarely say a book is a must read but this book is as close as it gets. Get a copy (today!) .
With that, I’m excited to share some of my favorite Big Ideas we can apply to our lives TODAY so let’s jump straight in!