We crave for success. Wherever we go, people tell us that the most important goal in their life is being successful. Yet, hardly anybody seems to reach the point of satisfaction. We work hard, from paycheck to paycheck, push-up to push-up, song to song, program to program, promotion to promotion, exam to exam. Yet, even when we reach the goal, it seems to move further away from our desired future.
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.
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!
Yesterday, my favorite YouTuber, Austin McConnell, released a video essay about the books he read. It was so inspiring to see how many and what kind of novels a person I admire as a creator is reading. I hope to do the same for you. The following books are what I have read this year. It might not be much but sometimes quality is more important than quantity: Continue reading “Books I Read in 2017”
Last week I announced I would do what YouTuber Luke Smith recommended to anybody: I didn‘t use the internet at home. This is what I discovered:
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?”
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”