Digital burnout is a thing. Does it affect you and how?
How have you historically managed it, and how do you want to better manage it?
I listened to this podcast, and it really struck a bone.
TL:DR version: 20 years ago, it was difficult to spend an entire day without any mental solitude. Today, the opposite is true – we can go days without having any time without someone else’s thoughts being constantly piped into our brains.
Halfway through this podcast, I paused it, then went and deleted every game off my phone (barring a few I keep for my kid, and a couple of local MP games I play with my wife and friends). I had an epiphany that they’d stopped being fun and started being work.
It got me thinking a lot about the intentionality of how I spend my time, and how it’s high-time I instill some digital minimalism into my life, and regain some minutes of idle solitude. Here’s the things I’m going to focus on:
- No more games with “dailies” – they’re sucking a lot of the intentionality out of my time.
- No more phone games whatsoever. They’re literal time-wasters, tools I use to get through time that isn’t “used” by other things.
- Don’t default to putting a podcast on when I’m driving.
- I’ve already got app notifications entirely turned off (exceptions - texts get a ding and a banner, emails just get a banner), I quit Facebook a couple of years ago (and haven’t regretted it once), and have no other social media outside of GWJ.
What areas of your digital life could use some pruning? Where do you find minimalism a useful approach?
One final note - I recognize and appreciate the comedic irony of posting about this on a forum that I have a questionably addictive relationship to. :)