There are a few modern day authors that capture my attention. When these authors come out with a new book or presentation about a topic they have recently researched and assembled into useful ideas and theories, I take note. Cal Newport is one those authors that has challenged my thinking over the years, and his latest book, Digital Minimalism, was another great idea and topic to challenge myself again.
The aim of the book is to apply the concepts of minimalism (the art of knowing how much is enough) to our personal technology lives. Now, in fairness, I am not on the leading edge of social media use. I do not use my Facebook account, I count a total of 37 Instagram followers, at best I tweet 2x a month, I tried Snapchat for about a month, and the speed of my texting is shameful. With this framework in mind, I consider myself someone who has a good handle on social media use. However, as I worked through the concepts in the books, participated in a 30 day digital declutter, and honestly assessed the attachment of my smartphone, I realized that I had a lot to learn about using technology as a tool to support my goals and values, and gain better control of my life.