Read a book instead

My lock screen

These past few days, I’ve been obsessively reading and getting plenty of inspiration from Austin Kleon’s blog. It is full of many gems, related to writing, creating, stealing like an artist, and the importance of throwing your phone across the ocean.

This post is inspired by one of his blog articles I read recently: read a book instead.

“Reading books makes me happy. Being on my phone makes me miserable. So, I made a wallpaper for my iPhone’s lock screen to remind me that I have a choice. You can download a copy for yourself right here.”

That is the whole post by the way.

Right away, I downloaded a copy of the wallpaper for myself and updated my lock screen. I needed the reminder that I, too, have a choice.

Often, we turn to our devices because the alternative sucks.

The alternative is boredom, discomfort. So, we escape. We escape into the internet and the vast entertainment options it provides us with. If we wish so, however, we can make it more convenient to put down our phone and read a book instead.

The wallpaper is an excellent reminder. Every time you pick up your phone, it will be there, nudging you to read a book instead. 

Head over to Kelon’s blog to download a copy of the wallpaper!

Then, bring a book, preferably a book you enjoy reading, with you everywhere you go.

I’ve been reaching out for my book, instead of my phone, more and more lately. Even if I only have a couple minutes to spare, I still can get in a page or two in that time.  It is a lot more satisfying getting closer and closer to finishing a book than scrolling through time-wasting websites, then forgetting 99% of the information I just consumed. 


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Upcoming Event: Introduction to Digital Minimalism


Toronto’s Digital Minimalism Meetup Group is hosting our first event, Introduction to Digital Minimalism!

We will be utilizing Cal Newport’s new book to explore the following three questions:

  1. What exactly is digital minimalism?
  2. What are the three core principles of digital minimalism?
  3. How can we best adopt digital minimalism into our lives?

We will also discuss practical tips and ideas for digital declutter, followed by a 30-day digital declutter challenge for the month of July.

You can register HERE!!!

Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions

Photo by Toa Heftiba on Unsplash

Once upon a time, a high-school student tells a group of her peers and adults that she has deleted all her social media accounts for an unspecified period of time. She explains that she is spending too much time on social media, and comparing herself to people online.

Everyone nods in agreement relating to the side-effects she listed for her decision.

‘What do you do instead?!’ one peer asks, ludicrously.

We all laugh.

.  .  .

Most of us turn to our digital devices often because the alternative sucks.

Continue reading “Cultivating high-quality alternatives to digital distractions”

Leave your phone at home *gasp*

Photo by Prateek Katyal on Unsplash

The horror.

In April, I attended a Meetup group event on digital consciousness, and the organizer encouraged us to leave our phones behind at home for the day. I said, why the hell not, left my phone at home, went to the Meetup, and had a revelation.

I don’t need my phone.

After the two-hour Meetup was over, a couple of attendees and myself went for coffee. It was a beautiful warm and sunny day. We sat by the patio and chatted for a few hours before I headed home.

I didn’t have my phone on me for about six hours, and I lived to tell the tale. Continue reading “Leave your phone at home *gasp*”