In my ongoing journey of minimalism I recently started my digital hygiene process in order to become more content and present. In order to do that I started a 30 day challenge without entertainment on mobile devices like my phone and tablet.
This monday I announced that I would delete basically everything from my phone and tablet that would keep me distracted from work (details here). This was pretty much the first week of digital detox and focusing on productivity. During the last seven days I posted a blog article and wrote a song. Continue reading “(Social) Media and Distraction Free Mobile Gadgets – One Week In”
Google’s Chrome OS gains popularity within the world of computers and their minimalist approach is triggering my curiosity. Google powers 53% of the education computing sector, outperforming Apple and Microsoft. And beneath the system lies a simple principle which sounds both intruiging and silly: You don’t need an operating system, you just need a browser. At least, that’s what Google implies. Is it true, though? Continue reading “Is A Browser All We Need?”
I am a teacher and I love facilitating the computer to teach. There are some options that a black-/whiteboard can’t offer you. But Windows sometimes decides to just randomly update your system, which sucks if you are teaching a class. I also love productivity and productivity apps. And last but not least, I love freedom. I don’t want to feel like my computer is a jail that restricts me from using it. I also am a Minimalist and like my interfaces to be clean and distraction-free. For a long time I was looking for the best GNU/Linux Distro out there to fulfill all of my needs. I found it and it is better than any Mac / Windows system I ever used: Elementary OS.
I started this challenge to try out new things and to make challenges a new part of this blog’s content. Daily articles might be a thing for other bloggers that either have more time or are just more capable of creating posts on the spot without an extensive proof-reading phase. I’m certainly not gifted with either. I cannot write daily challenges and keep the level of quality I want to deliver. Thus, I decided to put in the remaining days of this challenge into one article. It also has the side benefit that I can write down my experience whenever I have an appropriate amount of time to sit down.
Yesterday I was literally too busy and productive to write another article (additionaly to the one about markdown) about my terminal-only week, which in itself is a rather good thing. Among going to work I was able to practice the guitar for over an hour, went to bed at an appropriate time and felt something that I completely forgot about: boredom.
Have you ever felt that formatting kills your momentum? Do you sometimes feel like changing the layout of your essays, blog posts, etc. feels a little like extra work that you would rather spend in more useful things? I certainly did. Then, some day, I stumbled upon a formatting language which was so easy to use that even I could remember it and so fast and intuitive, that I just instantly fell in love with it. Meet Markdown: