Wednesday, January 11

Digital Detox: How to Declutter Your Online Life

When Claudia and I discuss minimalism, we are excited about how it can help us attain our desired lifestyle of freedom, health, and harmony with Nature. It’s an indispensable philosophy for us, and the vehicle by which our journey carries us to only the most authentic of experiences together. By separating ourselves from a culture consumed with the accumulation of possessions, we’ve diminished the inevitable maintenance that such clutter demands of us. We choose simplicity; to be light enough for flight. Each new level of our liberation avails us more time to practice our passions of love and life.

Practicing minimalism will be unique for everyone; that’s the beauty of it. The idea is to simplify life by keeping or engaging in only that which will provide valuable experiences. We also find that when we are intentional with the time we spend online, we have less stress. Minimizing excess offers great health benefits to the physical, mental, and spiritual dimensions of one’s being.

All forms of virtual content also demand our attention, and therefore our time. The consequences can be at least as significant and detrimental as their physical counterparts, partly since digital experiences are far more abundant and accessible. Social media has actually disconnected people; most are so obsessed with their activity feeds that they’ve made themselves oblivious to their surroundings, including anything from walking down the street to sitting around the table with family. Escape your screens and discover the world with your own eyes; relax your thumbs and have sincere conversations.

For these reasons, Claudia and I have made a clean digital space part of our lifestyle. Honesty about what we actually use is best, so that only the valuable content remains. There are many facets to having a digital life, and it goes beyond time spent on the internet; offline content should also be considered. We keep that which enhances our life, so we still have our favorite games, films, and music. Again, the principle is valid for everything; finding balance and consuming deliberately will reap the most rewarding life for everyone.

Start with the easy things. Be honest. I only kept the accounts that are being used in an efficient, meaningful way, and only subscribe to content that promotes wisdom in living. My time spent on the internet is with a deliberate purpose; I stay focused and avoid habitual distractions to have time for authentic happiness.

Simply being with Claudia is my purpose in life, so our overall integration of minimalism is essential to ensuring that our every moment together is always the best.

- Aaron -