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.
One of the most useful skills I learned attending university was how to schedule my day and manage a lot of time-consuming tasks within a small available time frame (which was even more cut down since I commuted for most of my studies). However, a lot of times I would find myself frustrated with not meeting my own set goals and expectations. These day-to-day failures also proved to be very effective in promoting procrastination. In early 2017, however, I started my minimalism journey and had some useful insights from the greatest minds in this day and age.
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.
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: