Terminal-Only Week Day #01 – CMus (Digital Minimalism)

Day 1

When it comes to challenges I love to set myself some boundaries or try out new things over a set period of time in order to gain new insights into the world of productivity. While I tried to learn the basics of vim last week I now want to focus on an entire new level of productivity. Digital Minimalism does not necessarily mean decluttering files, or social media. It could also refer to computing in a minimal, more productive way.

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A Month Without Notifications Changed My Life

One month ago I wrote an essay about my new phone set-up. I originally customized it in order to not be distracted all the time, especially because of my finals in university. Back then I thought, I would turn things back to normal as soon as I’m done with my exams. But Instead I kept the notifications off and let my homescreen be as minimal as possible. I also discovered the most incredible things.

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How to Turn Your Android Into a Minimalist Phone

Have you ever felt overwhelmed by your smartphone? I certainly have. Companies and start ups try to cash into this by offering services or devices that are labeled “minimalist” and are supposed to keep your head clutter-free. But the truth is, most of these devices are just an attempt into obtaining either our personal data or way too much cash for something incapable of basic things. I’ve tried my best to adjust my own phone to meet the minimalist criteria without missing out on the Android-available features. It is so easy you can do it as well!

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Why does ‘success’ leave you with emptiness?

Success. Everybody wants it, working hard day by day in order to achieve it. The constant urge to reach a better grade on a test, a higher paycheck at the end of the month, clicks on your website or YouTube channel. It is predominant. But once we reach it, it is not enough. Sometimes it can even feel like it‘s never enough. Often we find ourselves asking: “Shouldn’t I be happy? I got an A on that test”. Why is that?
Maybe the root to it is our perception of success. Does happiness really equal success? Apparently not, since it doesn’t bring us the joy we crave for. Why is reaching our goals not enough? The explanation could be easier than we thought!

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Media and Minimalism: Is It Possible to Live Without Web Entertainment?

I discovered an interesting video from youtuber Luke Smith the other day. In the video he explains how he managed to live without internet access at home for two years. At first this sounds quite frightening, especially to a digital native. But Luke‘s thought process offers quite some insights into a brighter and simpler future. Continue reading “Media and Minimalism: Is It Possible to Live Without Web Entertainment?”

Minimalistic iOS-themed Interface for Android Phones

Apple’s iOS changed a little bit over the years, but the overall style didn’t change as much. I always loved the minimalist approach to the OS, but the devices are too expensive for me when it comes to deliberate purchases. I will introduce you to the closest thing to iOS I could create without using shady, advertisement-filled launcher apps by companies that don’t even exist: Continue reading “Minimalistic iOS-themed Interface for Android Phones”