Rethinking enterprise productivity – a critique of digital minimalism – Diginomica

man-laptop-sleepingIt was inevitable. With so many people glued to Facebook – or getting themselves in car accidents while messing with Facetime – we were sure to have a backlash. One provocative response: a techno-limited lifestyle called digital minimalism.

Digital minimalism stems from a broader movement called minimalism. Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, self-dubbed “The Minimalists,” set the agenda:

Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

Sounds appealing, but it casts a wide net. Cal Newport, author of Deep Work and the Study Hacks blog, brought this into sharper focus for me. He advocates digital minimalism:

Digital minimalism is a philosophy that helps you…

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