Instant Leverage Podcast Episode 54: Digital Minimalism is Changing my Life

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Welcome to the instant leverage podcast, where we show you how to get maximum output from your life and business. With minimum input, please subscribe and leave a review. What's going on everybody. And welcome to another episode of the instant leverage podcast. I'm super excited about this episode, because I think that if you let it, this will be a topic that can change your life. So, uh, I just read this book called digital minimalism and, uh, it was amazing. It's by Cal Newport. He, uh, wrote another one of my favorite books called deep work. And he's, it's essentially about utilizing technology, um, less and being more present and not allowing, uh, and kind of living in solitude, not allowing technology to rule your life as it has for so many of us, especially if we're in digital marketing, we're probably scrolling on Facebook and watching YouTube videos and scrolling Instagram and on Slack a million times a day. So, uh, that was me at one point. And, and, uh, if you've been listening to me for a while, you know, that I'm big on like the dopamine detox and I've spent time at monasteries with monks and all this and all this stuff. And, uh, I still got a lot of value from this book. So one of the things that I learned is that a lot of great leaders in our society throughout history have used, uh, men have used, uh, solitude in order to make amazing and important decisions. So Abraham Lincoln would literally commute from the white house to a cabin in the woods in order to get, uh, away from people and do and have solitude. Right. So I thought about this and I was like, man, I spent, although I don't have like a Facebook and Instagram on my phone, like I don't have the apps. I still spend time, uh, scrolling Facebook. When I do log into Instagram, I do spend a lot of time on there. And for me, the big one was YouTube. My YouTube algorithm just knows me so well that I get sucked on and I would, I would get sucked into, uh, hours of YouTube content. And, uh, this would happen unplanned and randomly. And I started to look at my screen time on my phone, which if you have an iPhone, uh, uh, go to settings and it's, I think it's under general and then your, your screen time should be in there. Um, but I was seeing that I was spending hours every day, um, between YouTube videos, uh, social media email, and, uh, just random stuff. So I started to think, because we're getting kind of towards the end of the year here. Uh, well, I mean, we're like a week away from 2021. I started to think like, okay, if I spend three hours a day on my phone and, uh, I've wasted all this time using my phone, what are like, why haven't I, I achieved my goals. Like how does this play into me not achieving my goals? And I realized that there was a bunch of things, like when I thought at the beginning of, uh, at the end of 2019 of what I wanted to get done in 2020, there's a lot of things that I've accomplished, but there's also a lot of things that I, I haven't accomplished. And, uh, I started to think about that and I'm like, man, I spend two to three hours on my phone, um, in between, and this isn't like one or two blocks. It's like in the morning, I'll be on my phone a little bit, uh, in the evenings, I'll be on my phone a little bit, um, in between stuff like walk, like going on walks and stuff, I'll be on my phone. And I realized that, um, this time really has added up. So when I look at the things that I wanted to do in 2021 in 2020, like, uh, I don't know, learn an instrument, get my blue belt in Brazilian jujitsu. When I look at all these different things, um, that I didn't do, I realized that I really only prioritize two things this year, which was, uh, me, my health, my fitness and my business. Uh, but when I looked and all these other things that I haven't prioritized, and I look at the trade-off, so let's say like, I wanted to learn an instrument and I I've now traded being on my phone for two hours, two, three hours a day, um, for the ability to play the guitar. Right. So it just kind of made me feel really. And then also, so realizing, so since I started this, uh, this digital minimalism, which it's been about four or five days now, I feel so much better. Like I didn't yeah. Realize how anxious I constantly was because of the fact that I was always checking my Slack and my email and my social media. I didn't realize how anxious it made me, um, until I've now gotten off that for a couple of days. And I've, I've now like desensitized myself to, uh, these, these different things. And it's like night and day. Like, I, I feel like my thinking is a lot more sharp and a lot clear my memory is a lot better because I'm not getting bumped up with hundreds of posts. Yeah. Every single day that are clouding my memory, my judgment. And I feel like my ability to connect with other human beings has improved. Like, I've, I've called, Oh, like I was the kind of person that I hated being on the phone. Um, because, and I think it was just cause I, I was like, the phone was too slow for me, whereas I felt like, you know, texting and constantly being connected and stuff like that yeah. Was, uh, you know, the right thing to do. And overall, I just had trouble focusing for awhile. Like I didn't realize, I thought that I was a productive person and I thought that I was good at focusing, but I had a lot of trouble focusing because as I'm trying to focus on the task at hand, I'm constantly, uh, my mind is like jumping tabs because I have Slack going and I have, uh, and I log in to check like my Facebook ads. And now that's another, that's a 30 minute rabbit hole. So, uh, the effects have been I've, uh, I've definitely calmed down and I feel a lot more optimistic about the future and a lot less anxious. And I think part of that is whether you wanna admit it or not face Facebook and social media will drive you to compare yourself to other people, whether you're a envious person or not just by the nature of things. Right. So I think just cutting that out completely has helped with your, my perception of myself. Now, uh, I will warn you though, if you guys were thinking about doing this, you should read the book, but I will warn you that, that the first, like two days were completely or extremely painful. Um, because I was, uh, I enjoyed filling my leisure with stimulus, right. With YouTube and texting and, and email and Facebook and Slack and all this and all that and all these different things, Netflix. So when I cut that out, I experienced extreme boredom because I didn't have those, those things to Tut, to, to lean on as a crutch anymore. So I remember like on the second day it was, uh, like Saturday night and I'm sitting here and I'm like, well, you know, it's too late and too dark to go out on a walk. Um, you know, I've already exercise today. I already journaled, I've already read a book. Um, what else is there really to do if it's not, you know, settled down with video games or watch Netflix or something like that. And, uh, just got to the point where I was so bored that I was like, man, I might as well work on my business because everything else is just really boring. So, uh, bye having that contrast of either stare at the wall or work on your business, work on your business a lot more attractive. So if you're having trouble with, uh, with focusing or motivation to work on your business, then digital minimalism might be a good, uh, route for you. Um, I've also just decluttered my phone. I, uh, I deleted everything on there that didn't need to be on there that was old or that apps that I didn't use anymore. Um, my phone's on do not disturb all the time now. And, uh, the majority of the time, whenever I need to make a phone call, I make a phone call and, uh, I checked my phone periodically throughout the day. And so far I haven't missed anything important, um, for news, which is, uh, was a big thing. Like I felt connected by being on social media and on YouTube and stuff like that. Uh, I listened to NPR news and it's, it's a, it's a podcast that's five minutes and it's updated like I think three or four times a day. So I jump in there, uh, like once every other day and I listened to one five minute clip and then I feel, uh, up to speed on anything important that's going on in the world. And then outside of that, I just focus on my business and my goals and everything else is just kind of, you know, not important. And in between that I will, uh, work out, I'll read books and I've, I've started to find that there's other things in life that I want to pursue, that I never thought I had the time to, but I actually do have the time. It's just that I was feeling that time with, low level leisure, uh, which is a big point of the book is that, uh, leisure where you do nothing is extremely overrated. And, uh, I agree like I'd much rather, you know, have leisure in the form of playing chess or journaling or going for a walk or going for a bike ride or something like that. That is a lot more valuable than just like sitting on my and watching Netflix. So, uh, highly recommend you guys check out the book. Um, this, I think this is a game changer to me and it came just in time because 2021 is right around the corner. So if you, if, if you enjoyed this episode, please leave us a review on iTunes and I'll see you on the next episode of the instant leverage podcast.