Book Club Tuesday – Digital Minimalism

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Welcome to a new recurring #baldinbusiness feature called Book Club Tuesday. Each week I will spotlight one book, and have a little fun in the process.

Book: Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World

Author: Cal Newport

Length: 304 pages / 6 hours and 59 minutes via Audible

Why I chose to read it: I read this book because life has become so digitized and I need to get a grip on what to do with all the digital inputs in my life.

My Takeaways (3 or less): Take more walks, extended time away from the phone, and prioritize communication over connection (in terms of social media –pick up the phone and talk instead of “connecting” online).

What does this book motivate me to DO? Take walks that allow me to think and get away from the constant digitization of life.

Who should read this book? People that are either curious about the impact digital inputs have in their life, or are serious about getting a better handle on them.

I would sum my rating of the book as…Convicting. I read this book months ago and it definitely had an impact on me at the time. It still does, although I do participate on various social platforms. Still, I feel it was a worthwhile and convicting read. I would only recommend it to people who are willing to suspend their disbelief as to how much digital inputs are impacting them…They are more impactful than you might suspect!

“If you haven’t read hundreds of books, learning from others who went before you, you are functionally illiterate. You can’t coach, and you can’t lead.” Jim Mattis