This is the default of the “new tab page” on Google Chrome for Android:
What you can see is that next to the necessity of a search bar it also provides frequently visited sites and news articles below. And this type of design, at least in my opionion, is deeply flawed. Chrome is not the only browser doing this, though. Why?, you might ask. Let me elaborate a little:
Digital Detox is a buzz word that is supposed to help you get your habits checked in place. Problem with it is that after you’re done, you go back to the service and slowly the algorithms and notifications creep back into your life until it is necessary to do it all over again. It almost feels like the German title of “Edge of Tomorrow”: Live, Die, Repeat. I’m fed up with it. So I thought really hard (about half a minute) and turned that buzzing vibrating piece of glass on do-not-disturb mode. And gone is everything evil. Continue reading →
I used to work hard to not use my phone by any means. But last Monday I started a challenge which was contradictory to my ambitions. Why should I not use the most brilliant idea of the 21st century: A pocket computer which is always with you. I asked myself: Do I need anything besides the phone in my life? Here’s what I learned:
Hi everyone. I made some subtle changes to the blog by changing the theme to something a little more colourful. I also want to experiment with the type of content I publish on this blog. Hope you’ll enjoy it! Today I want to start one of these experiments. I want to give some regular updates on things I learned in the past week(s). Sometimes I stumble upon amazing thoughts and ideas but they don’t end up filling the pages for a huge blog post. So I never tell anyone. But they still remain useful. That’s the idea, sharing small productivity/minimalism hacks.
Here’s a small list of things I changed and/or learned in January:
Logging your progress within your digital notebooks is a pretty great tool to not forget half of the things you’re supposed to do (see here for further info)
Reading is more fun than watching YouTube
Algorithms (like the YouTube algorithm) don’t improve the quality of content, just the quantity
Bryan Lunduke (62,000 subscribers on YouTube) stated, that most promotions on social media were a waste of energy and time since his videos with thousands (to Millions) of views will only have about +10 clicks if he promotes them on social media. “Why would anyone stop scrolling through Twitter to watch a video on YouTube?”
10 minutes a day for cleaning will end up saving you hours of extensive work on the weekend (at least if you have a small apartment)
Have you ever forgotten something important about a project? Write it down in a log and put updates about your project in there. You will never forget something important again.
Wrote an article about digital note-taking
Found some helpful examples
Made a silly meta-joke
2. Link Pages for Reference
(This might only work in OneNote.) Wouldn’t it be great to create your own little Wikipedia for your projects and notes? Well, if you link certain words within a page to another page in another notebook, you can easily re-create this experience in OneNote yourself. This will solve the struggle of searching for something, since you cross-reference to it anyway.
3. Keep It Simple!
If you take notes in lectures, you might end up with a wall of text that is discouraging to read. Keep it simple. Just write down the essentials and try to focus more on the lecturer itself. As long as you understand your notes (only YOU have to), you’re fine.
4. Create Sources-lists
Sometimes you find something interesting on the internet which might even be related to your studies. Put a link to these sources in a single page. It will save you a lot of time, especially if you have to write a paper.
5. Don’t Waste Time on Fancy Designs
You want to write down stuff, not win a designer competition. Just write those thoughts down. You’ll likely write summaries, flash cards or create other forms of learning material anyway. In the end, it doesn’t even matter *sings along Linkin Park song* *feels embarrased to use an asterisk within an article*
For thousands of years the human species woke up to the light cycle of our sun. Then we invented clocks and finally ended up with the alarm clock – a device designed to help us wake up whenever we wanted to. Cut. 21st century. We are surrounded by artifical lights that emit blue light and thus hinder our body to enter a state of relaxation. We spend longer hours awake at night, trying the best we can to fall asleep. After we finally entered the realms of our dreams, we don’t recharge as much. A phone alarm slaps our resting body out of its relaxed state back into the cold reality. Fed up with our “red alert”-like morning routine, we set the alarm half an hour before we need to leave the bed to hit the snooze button multiple times. These are desperate and depressing times. How should this misery end? Of course, with buying the latest greatest product: Wake-Up-Lights. Just kidding.
Today marks the first day of week four of my ongoing experiment of depriving myself of media on my mobile gadgets. Initially I thought to reintroduce these services back to my phone. But I won‘t and the reason is both simple and sad.
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 →