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- Publisher: Oldtown Publishing LLC (November 9, 2015)
- Publication Date: November 9, 2015
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The world has completely changed in the past 15 years. As Steve Scott and Barry Davenport show us in their latest collaboration, the internet is no longer just a thing of convenience: it is a way of life, and for millions of people around the world, it is quickly creating the world's next epidemic of tablet, computer and internet addicts, a global society that is fixated on the virtual world.
Backed up by thorough research articles and extensive case studies that support the material for "The 10 Minute Digital Declutter", this book is a wake-up call for the millions [billions] of people on the planet that cannot go without their devices, email, or social media connections for more than one day.
If you're guilty, put your hand up.
This book isn't just a book you read and forget about the next day. It addresses a critical condition that we, as a global society, are losing [have lost] complete control over. As Steve/Barrie state, "A digital world addiction can be as destructive as other types of addictions. Compulsive use of technology interferes with your daily life, work and relationships in a number of ways."
Why WE need to read this book...
The 10 Minute Digital Declutter doesn't hold anything back. The authors tell it how it is. Some countries [China and the USA] are facing a national crisis with devices and time spent online. One in four accidents are caused by texting while driving; people have stopped communicating altogether and now live a "digital lifestyle", often without any physical contact; attention spans last for fifteen seconds and then move to something else "more important"; and on it goes.
This book is written to provide powerful solutions to controlling and managing your Internet fix. And if it is not you, it could be for your children. But the bottom line is: without a system of habits to discipline your "cravings" for checking email, engaging online, or something to keep you distracted, the situation will continue to worsen. And most people will barely recognize it until its too late.
This book has a powerful introduction that is extremely well organized. Instead of just throwing some actionable tasks at us right away, the authors set up the purpose and these of the book by discussing:
— The dangers of digital technology and devices;
— Why you feel overwhelmed by technology;
— Why we get hooked on technology;
— How digital dependence damages your life
— The benefit of digital devices
— The 14 advantages of a digitally cluttered life;
In Part III when we can learn the strategies for living a digitally decluttered life that saves time, money, and makes life less chaotic. In one chapter Steve and Barrie ask, “Do you have a decluttering problem?” and there are 21 questions to answer to determine if you are a digital packrat. From here the authors layout simple daily habits [based on Tiny Habits and the concept of ego depletion] that only take 10 minutes.
Part IV gets into the action steps of starting the declutter project. A few of the actionable steps suggested are:
— Turn off chat;
— Reduce your smart phone apps;
— Make a real people first rule [I love that one!];
Part V has great strategies for decluttering your inbox that gets stuffed full of thousands of emails that are totally buried and taking up space; But Part VI: Declutter Your Computer is perhaps my favorite. Before I read this my desktop looked like a minefield that caused stress whenever I looked at it. In this chapter we are introduced to a “Simple Filing System” by creating a system of files for the major parts of your life. The process and system is clearly laid out so that anyone can create and manage it. This is a definite gem in the book! Part 6 covers a fantastic process for minimizing your computer. If you’re computer is filled up with scattered and miscellaneous files, you’ll find the solution here.
Part 7: Decluttering Your Smartphone and Tablet has a similar approach to part 6 with 9 actionable steps to get your smartphone device in order. Here the authors introduce readers to the essential apps to download for increasing simplicity and keeping your Smartphone clean. I like the section on backing up your digital life too; why leave things to chance? You can backup your most important notes and ideas, as well as covering the dangers of cloud-based backup [read carefully].
The finals action of this book wraps everything up by providing actionable content for maintaining the digital declutter plan. By utilizing various apps and following up with a declutter system every 2-3 months, you can stay ahead of the declutter game and avoid getting bogged down in “digital wasteland” again.
The 10-Minute Digital Declutter is a definite roadmap to getting control of and managing your digital lifestyle. Nowadays, with most people spending on average 30% of their time using a device or computer, the need for keeping things organized should be a priority. That is where this book comes in and for the low price you can purchase it for, the value you’ll get back is exponential. With the program in this book by Steve and Barrie you can declutter your digital life, reduce stress, and save time and money while boosting productivity and building more freedom into your daily work and personal life. What are you waiting for?
Start decluttering your digital life.
At first, I would have given the book 3 stars. The authors tend to exaggerate the dangers of social media and technology use to the point of fear-mongering. That put me off.
I also thought the 10-Minute title was misleading. There are a lot of activities presented in this book, and they take a lot more than 10 minutes. I was overwhelmed when first reading it. Making all the changes presented might take months, honestly, and I'm not committed to that.
However, two weeks later, I have taken several of the suggestions in this book. I whittled down my email subscriptions to a few choice items. I set better time limits on checking in online. I removed a few social media apps from my phone. And I plan to revamp my computer storage to a system similar to what's presented here, but more fitting to my own use.
Being able to visualize exactly what I want to do with my online time has helped me not get sucked in quite so much. And I am finding that I have a lot of time in the day to do things I want to do without the constant need for input. There's a study presented in here about rats pulling a lever for rewards. I've since adopted it for myself. I now ask, "Am I just pulling the lever here, hoping for some random reward?"
Because I found so many of the suggestions helpful, I'm bumping this up to four stars.
If you feel like you are spending too much time managing online "stuff" or interactions, you might enjoy the tips in this book. Just beware all the anti-technology language.
Scott recommends 10 minute clutter breaks to clean items out. I need way more than 10 minutes but his encouragement is not to overwhelm oneself at the beginning of the purge. For me, my big issue is email sorting. I've learned to set up files and discipline myself to organize into proper files, and even have a "Maybe" file for things I don't know what to do with. I'm going to start now and go backwards in my decluttering efforts.
Next he tackles the items such as Word files that grow exponentially that don't have a home: creating new folders is easy but training yourself to find that file when you save is sometimes a hassle. I need to do that right away as I have several concerns for Word: I have a business, a job, a charity I work for, I'm a college student, and I'm a writer. I need to organize these so I don't spend time desperately panicking while looking for a particular file. We are always taught to SAVE items but not to delete them. But pared down files are inspiring and it feels good to look at it organized.
The book is well-organized and not "fluffed" out to fill content. So many Kindle books and organization books are just rehashing ideas and it seems like filler. This is genuinely useful and fresh ideas. After I started, I took the time to change the theme on my desktop and added some photos to make my computer feel more like "me". I also added signatures to some email addresses to save time when sending emails.
I'm so inspired I'm going to look for their other book on home decluttering, as I have a bad habit of purging items only to see them boxed in the garage in limbo. I'm moving next year and really need to get ahead of clutter.
There's also chapters on organizing your social media, which seems like a strange idea but is useful when explored.
Highly recommend. I rec'd this book as a free sample for review and comment.