The thought of living minimalistic lives may conjure up empty kitchen surfaces, capsule wardrobes, and clutter-free drawers. Have you ever thought about making your digital life a little more minimal, though?
People spend so much time online and on their devices in general that the act of trying to live more like a minimalist should certainly include this part of their life. But how do you do this? How do you implement minimalism into your digital life? Here are just a few tips that may help.
Only have the tech that you need
The concept of only having what you need is the heart and soul of minimalism, so it’s natural that this is where you would start when trying to practice it in your digital life too.
With tech brands constantly telling you that you need their next thing, from a new smartphone or tablet to an updated TV, it’s easy to feel like you must have a lot of techs.
Only having what you need is one of the best ways to live more minimally when it comes to your devices. This will, of course, look different for everyone. You may only need a smartphone, while someone else needs one or two Lenovo Work Laptops but the main point certainly still stands either way.
The fewer apps, the better
This tip aims more at your smartphone than anything else but is relevant to any device that has a lot of apps on offer.
It’s too easy to download an app for something, like booking a trip or getting a deal on a meal out, and then keep it on your phone for good. The average person uses the same apps everyday, so why keep the unnecessary ones and clog up your phone?
By limiting yourself to the apps, you use and only downloading new ones when you absolutely need to will lead to a clearer phone screen and an easier smartphone experience
Take a break
It could be said that part of practicing minimalism with your devices is about using them less every now and again. While too often, high screen time is frowned upon without context and taking into consideration what people do for a living, it’s safe to say that taking a break from your screens can be a good thing.
Putting your tablet down and going for a walk or swapping your smartphone for a book now and again can be a great habit to get into and lead to a healthier relationship with your devices.
Keep minimalism in mind
Minimalism normally focuses on things like clothing, clutter, and the more physical things you own. However, the tenets of minimalism can and often should be applied to the devices you own and the things that are on them.
By only having the devices you need, making sure that the apps you want are the only ones on those devices, and taking a break from them all together once in a while, you may start to feel a little lighter.
As the world becomes more dependent on tech, it’s a great idea to foster a good relationship with yours. Living more minimalistic lives when it comes to your devices is an easy yet effective, first step to take towards this.