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Apr 06, 2019 10:33:07

On Digital Minimalism

by @basilesamel PATRON | 382 words | 387🔥 | 435💌

Basile Samel

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Being a starting solopreneur is trading cofounders and employees for time, but also personal growth. Every day, willpower and working hours quickly run out. It appears urgent to do more of what matters, doing less of what doesn't.

In this aspect, minimalism is three-dimensional:  both physical and intellectual, but also digital. There is a need to undigitize, to automate, or to simply eliminate some aspects of our numerical counterpart.

I believe deep work to be the root of productivity. I can go deeper into my work by practicing digital minimalism wherever it is relevant.

Back in Telecom engineering school, I was taught the Internet is simply a network of networks. In a similar fashion, we can consider the Internet is a community of communities. You can try belonging everywhere, but in the end, it's the surest way to not belong anywhere. Moving out of online communities which do not bring you any form of fulfillment is healthy to you, and thus others. Owing to this point I left Product Hunt Makers to focus on Makerlog and Indie Hackers, and I envision leaving Facebook in favor of Twitter, Instagram, and other communities I'd like to try, such as Venture Cost.

Facebook easily takes me one hour a day, I'd rather spend it on something else: having a meaningful video call with a friend, reading a book, or creating something new. One hour a day compounds to 3650 hours over ten years - enough to cross some items in your bucket list.

Social networks benefit to creators first and foremost. This thought inspired me a habit of "Log in to Create", meaning to visit a given social network with the intention to contribute before beginning to browse and consume a feed.

Another habit I started taking is offline writing. I wake up, have breakfast, and sit down to my desk to write down my thoughts or document experiences from the day before. I then log in 200WaD for the editing work. I almost forgot how good it feels to hold a pen and materialize thoughts in the world, on a piece of paper. There is no Grammarly to stop the flow of ideas, no tab to distract me. Only the sound of the wind in the trees, the cars crushing the road, and me bleeding ink.

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    @basilesamel love your offline to online method of writing. Sounds like something worth trying! 🤔

    Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Apr 06, 2019 20:09:27
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      @basilesamel @jasonleow I know there are data to support the advantages of old-fashioned writing with a pen and paper, but I type over 100 WPM, and it usually frustrates me to slow down to write something when I can type it in a fraction of the time. I do use pen and paper for mind mapping and brainstorming.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 06, 2019 06:22:59
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      @jasonleow @brandonwilson True Brandon, I thought about this WPM aspect. I think pen and paper only work when you don't have too much writing to do - ie, 200 words. I wouldn't write a long article on paper for example.
      It mainly depends on the level of focus you can achieve in your writing environment: the more you switch between different cognitive contexts (navigating between tabs for example), the more time it takes to complete one task. Working with pen and paper removes the possibility.

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 06, 2019 17:54:10
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      @basilesamel @jasonleow And who are these people keeping multiple tabs open?? At any given moment I have, at most, two tabs open simultaneously.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 06, 2019 09:14:34
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      @brandonwilson I don't know, it's so easy to mindlessly open a new tab and check your twitter feed :P

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Apr 06, 2019 18:19:06
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      @brandonwilson me haha 🙋🏻‍♂️ I have 30 tabs open right now

      Jason Leow avatar Jason Leow | Apr 07, 2019 19:56:55
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      @basilesamel @jasonleow So an endless supply of ideas to write about? :)

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 07, 2019 06:43:59
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