Pen and Paper Writing

I recently revisited the book Digital Minimalism. This time, however, I borrowed a physical copy through my university’s interlibrary loan program.

The purpose of moving away from my exclusively digital reading habit is to rediscover some of the lost values of analog: analog reading, analog writing, and analog existence.

As an experiment, I am going to fully commit to a month-long digital detox as suggested in Digital Minimalism.

That means the only digital technologies that I am allowed to use are the bare essentials:

  • I can use email and browse the web for schoolwork and other necessary purposes.
  • I can use a messaging application on a computer to have video calls with my family back at home.
  • I can send text messages and make phone calls.
  • I can use a computer for schoolwork when a suitable analog replacement is not available.
  • I can use a computer for programming and related tasks, such as occasionally posting to this blog, experimenting with the bash shell, or using XCode to practice Swift development.

However, I am not allowed to:

  • Browse the internet for entertainment, especially Reddit and Youtube.
  • Use a computer for schoolwork when a suitable analog alternative exists.
  • Unnecessarily check my phone or email.
  • Play video games.
  • Consume digital media in a non-social setting.
  • Subscribe to any type of feed, such as email newsletters.

To stick to these rules, I made some lifestyle changes:

  • I got a paper journal (on which this very post is being written).
  • I removed every single non-default app from my phone.
  • I removed Windows installation from my desktop computer and installed Pop! OS, an Ubuntu variant, instead.
  • I learned the basics of the bash shell so that I can get things done on the command line.
  • I borrowed three paper books to read in my leisure time.
  • I started wearing an automatic watch instead of using my phone to check my time.
  • I started turning off my phone during the day.

In the time I have now due to purging digital entertainment, I will be:

  • Getting work done.
  • Reading books.
  • Relaxing more.
  • Meditating.
  • Socializing.
  • Going on walks.
  • Sleeping early.

I am curious how this detox will go. I will report back in a month.