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  • Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World
  • By: Cal Newport
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 7 hrs
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (568 ratings)

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By: Cal Newport
Narrated by: Will Damron
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Publisher's Summary

Learn how to switch off and find calm - from the New York Times bestselling author of A World Without Email

Do you find yourself endlessly scrolling through social media or the news while your anxiety rises? Are you feeling frazzled after a long day of endless video calls?

In this timely audiobook, professor Cal Newport shows us how to pair back digital distractions and live a more meaningful life with less technology.

By following a 'digital declutter' process, you'll learn to:

  • Rethink your relationship with social media
  • Prioritize 'high bandwidth' conversations over low quality text chains
  • Rediscover the pleasures of the offline world

Take back control from your devices and find calm amongst the chaos with Digital Minimalism.

©2019 Cal Newport (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"An urgent call to action for anyone serious about being in command of their own life." (Ryan Holiday) 

"Cal's call for meaningful and engaged interactions is just what the world needs right now." (Daniel Levitin, author of The Organised Mind)

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Read Deep Work

Not a bad book but it’s not worth reading both this and deep work. Deep work is a better book.

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Changed my life!

I was always curious about this book. Initially, as a young millennial, I was skeptical. Now, a converted digital minimalist, I live under this learnings and constant evolution.

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Just what I needed

If you’re trapped in the middle of the night scrolling through social media I would recommend giving this book a read.

Cal dives deep into the reasons how social media is impacting us. I use to spend 6hrs on my phone a day, this month I have set my goal to only use it for 1 hour a day, limiting my screen time.

It offered me insight to how minimising social media will add benefits to my life and how it would affect yours positively too.

Overall great book, there are parts that didn’t interest me too much, maybe because I didn’t know the people he was referencing but other than that definitely pick up this book.

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Excellent

A balanced and eye opening read on how we can become less beholden to distraction.

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Good read

Book is good. You need to listen to it if you are phone addicted or use phone more than you should.

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everyone should read this

superb book that's helping me live my life better and be more efficient at work

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I am a convert!

I already hadn't used Facebook book for 12m so the concepts weren't hard to imagine. I enjoyed the tips and different ways to consider my media use. I also reflect on the reasons why I use technology and if there is a better way to maintain relationships.
After Covid-19, lockdown and homeschooling I found a lot more leisure activities and have prioritised those in my life.
This book really encouraged me to continue on the path that I was headed down and solidified my ideas and improved my ways of carrying them out.
Thank you, I am a digital minimalist!

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Interesting idea

An interesting idea with some useful tips to minimise the distraction that technology may have on your life. It focused on mobile phones and would have benefited from considering technology more broadly.

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Good content, didn't love the narration

I thought the content was good. Maybe a bit long but I'm a convert. Didn't love the narration. Why did he put that weird "light" voice on whenever he was quoting a woman?

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Awesome read - still so relevant

I was hesitant to purchase this in 2024 thinking some of the concepts and tips may be outdated, however everything in the book is perhaps even more relevant today. Great read - definitely recommend

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