1- I finished Digital Minimalism. I have now read several books on cutting down time spent on technology/phone etc. This one is probably my favorite. It is not packed full of data, but instead is centered around the primary ideas that:
- devices are designed to be incredibly addicting
- the time you spend on them may add some value, but the trade-off is likely a net negative for you
- you are likely better off very carefully designing a program of use for your device, because the default/autopilot makes many people unhappy and less able to do meaningful things with their lives
I mean, obviously I wasn’t a hard sell as I have had similar beliefs for years. But even so, I am inconsistent about being able to resist the siren pull of social media and the like. Two of the most useful ideas for me were to a) focus on crowding out time by purposefully doing OTHER THINGS instead and b) define very specifically when you do want to use your social media and what you want to use it for.
I am working on somewhat of a personal manifesto/guideline for how I would like to use it, and that will be coming up. I have already decided my primary non-phone leisure activities are reading and writing. I probably need a more tangible one, too — revisiting the piano or violin? Not sure. I don’t want to force it.
2- We are getting close to our (relatively short, but hopefully fun!) summer trip! We are keeping things relatively low-key this year — no flight. Let’s hope G does well on the long drives to Legoland and then Amelia Island . . .
I’m not worried about the big kids who are as excited for their iPad-time in the car as they are for the rest of our trip!
3- Our YNAB budget is in a sad state. Not in terms of the balance, but in terms of my record-keeping! It stopped syncing with my phone and I’m now 2 months behind again. AGHGH! I desperately want to fix that this weekend.
4- In other budget-related news, we are considering renting out our Miami Beach home. We were planning on selling but . . . as I’ve previously mentioned, the market has not been great. But there is demand (and less supply) in the rental market! Anyone have experience being a landlord? We contemplated using a property manager but . . . I think we may try without first since we’re relatively local and I’m wondering if a manager would be truly worth it.
5- For fun, here is my progress on my summer reading list so far:
- Field Notes on Love by Jennifer Smith (6/10; light and quick but not super memorable)
- Ayesha at Last by Uzma Jallaludin (8/10; cultural exploration & romance – a fun mix)
- Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid (8/10; would make a great movie)
- Digital Minimalism by Cal Newport (9/10; see above)
- Hope and other Punchlines by Julie Buxbaum (6/10; I think I’m just not a YA person)
- The Mother-In-Law by Sally Hepworth (9/10; my favorite novel of the bunch!)
I’m starting Inheritance now. I don’t think I can get through the whole list before school starts mid-August, but at this rate I may be able to do it before the beginning of actual fall . . .