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“have you seen the tiger yet?” I had just refilled my cup at grace street coffee how to get rid of acne scars naturally on the campus of georgetown university and was somewhere into how to get rid of acne scars naturally my second hour of media mindlessness on my iphone when how to get rid of acne scars naturally a nice looking young man in jeans and a long how to get rid of acne scars naturally sleeve button-down planted himself in front of me and jolted me how to get rid of acne scars naturally out of my stupor with his bizarre question.

The scenario above is fiction, not fact, but reading cal newport’s newest book, “digital minimalism,” is like having the bright, young georgetown professor appear at regular intervals throughout the book how to get rid of acne scars naturally and ask, “have you seen the tiger yet?”

What or who is the tiger and how did she how to get rid of acne scars naturally get in our mobile phones? According to newport, the stalking stripped feline is social media apps like facebook, instagram, and twitter. It should be self-evident that a company like facebook, valued at $500 billion, would have an agenda. However, it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the social part of the how to get rid of acne scars naturally majority of social media apps has a significant dark side. So dark in fact that newport recommends we delete facebook how to get rid of acne scars naturally (and all other social media apps not essential for one’s business) off our phones and severely limit their use on other how to get rid of acne scars naturally devices.

Like a hidden tiger in a social media stereogram, we don’t see our endless scrolls and swipes for what they how to get rid of acne scars naturally indeed are until several hours invested in objectively squinting; looking deeper, then the “ah ha!” moment when the image jumps out at us from the how to get rid of acne scars naturally screen. But we needn’t fear, say the social media megacorps, the “tiger” wants us alive, not dead. It’s not our selfies, but our attention that she’s after.

With the amount of available information soon to be doubling how to get rid of acne scars naturally every 12 hours, our ability to focus has become severely compromised. Thus, our attention has become an increasingly valuable asset. And it’s this asset that is making social media companies among how to get rid of acne scars naturally the most valuable on the planet and their founders into how to get rid of acne scars naturally billionaires. The information economy is in the rearview mirror. We are now in the attention economy.

One of the central messages of digital minimalism, as well as newport’s previous literary contribution, “deep work” is that our ability to eliminate distraction and do focused, deep work, is fast becoming the single trait that will enable us how to get rid of acne scars naturally to succeed in this new economy. A study he cites by gloria mark at the university how to get rid of acne scars naturally of california irvine found that it takes an average of how to get rid of acne scars naturally 23 minutes to regain focus after just one break in how to get rid of acne scars naturally attention.

Newport asserts that thoreau, whom many see as solely a herald for solitude and how to get rid of acne scars naturally lover of nature, had much more to teach us about life beyond the how to get rid of acne scars naturally pond. Cal writes, “[thoreau] asks us to treat the minutes of our life as how to get rid of acne scars naturally a concrete and valuable substance—arguably the most valuable substance we possess—and to always reckon with how much of this life how to get rid of acne scars naturally we trade for the various activities we allow to claim how to get rid of acne scars naturally our time” (page 43).

I resonated with cal’s recommendation for us to determine our values, then to shape our lives (including our use of both time and technology) accordingly. In 2016 my wife, sarah, and I were trading way too much time to maintain how to get rid of acne scars naturally a lifestyle we no longer wanted. With the guidance we received from greg mckeown’s book, “essentialism” and “the minimalists” blog, we sold our 4000 square foot home with the pool how to get rid of acne scars naturally and hot tub, offloading two-thirds of our possessions in the process.

That one decision enabled a new chapter of living debt how to get rid of acne scars naturally free, launching us into a year of sabbatical (three months of which were in spain), sparked much-needed healing in our spiritual, emotional, physical and marital health, and birthed a new non-profit to come alongside ministry couples, helping them to find greater joy and freedom in their how to get rid of acne scars naturally marriages and ministries.

Digital minimalism helped us realize anew that the minimal life how to get rid of acne scars naturally is not an event but a fascinating, liberating journey of discovery. We are exploring how to how to take the minimalist how to get rid of acne scars naturally experiment we began in 2016 and apply it to our how to get rid of acne scars naturally time, mainly how we use our time on our phones and how to get rid of acne scars naturally social media in particular. The first step was to take all social media apps how to get rid of acne scars naturally off my phone. I already notice how much less app-ed I am to reach for my phone as a how to get rid of acne scars naturally result of that one simple move. Let the digital detox begin.

“digital minimalism” is far more than merely a rational, reasoned and well-researched clarion call for a digital revolution regarding social media how to get rid of acne scars naturally usage. It is a call to a curated life; one that values real contribution in the lives of people; showing up in people’s lives in person or with a personal call, not simply clicking “like.”

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