My Guide to Digital Minimalism

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📋 Table of Contents
My Devices: 1:41
My Desktop: 3:01
Desktop Shortcuts: 3:27
Chrome Shortcuts: 4:44
Messaging Apps: 5:58
Cloud Storage: 8:43
Organizing Photos: 10:16
Backup Storage: 11:35
Note Taking & Task Management: 12:57
Local Storage: 14:32
ASMR: 16:34
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Matt D'Avella
Matt D'Avella - 11 måneder siden
📋 *Table of Contents*
My Devices: 1:41
My Desktop: 3:01
Desktop Shortcuts: 3:27
Chrome Shortcuts: 4:44
Messaging Apps: 5:58
Cloud Storage: 8:43
Organizing Photos: 10:16
Backup Storage: 11:35
Note Taking & Task Management: 12:57
Local Storage: 14:32
ASMR: 16:34
Terry Rodbourn
Terry Rodbourn - 2 måneder siden
Matt D'Avella Take from a Older Gen X tech guy practice Inbox Zero at home and using two email servers (one from Families and close friends from my old Mac group) and the other for work and online stores) as kept me for twenty years that way!
OCEAN OF FOXES - 2 måneder siden creates a new message:) also works for,, etc:) works in chrome and ff
Jordi Querol
Jordi Querol - 4 måneder siden
Add a 0:00 timestamp in the future to have your video timeline divided into sections. Better SEO and discoverability! 👍
happyhana - 5 måneder siden
i love how he actually included the ASMR part lol
KrœnT - 7 måneder siden
Is this the 15'' or 13'' inch MacBook Pro?
Yuradita Soemantri
Yuradita Soemantri - 19 timer siden
Very helpful thank you!
Karl Fan
Karl Fan - 2 dager siden
in my opinion, the key to digital minimalism...install ad blocker in all of your web browsers!!!
Arina Bradshaw
Arina Bradshaw - 8 dager siden
Why do I feel like he’s short ...? Idek I enjoy his mannerisms 😂 they give me a 5’9 kinda feel
Harsh Bhagat
Harsh Bhagat - 9 dager siden
2021 version and thanks to share this video it's good ❤️.
marzigeisha - 10 dager siden
I appreciate keeping technology longer, 10 year old PC, 5year tablet & 2year old ph because the last one cracked in a way that hurt to operate. I use external drives & Google drive too.
marzigeisha - 10 dager siden
I am so obsessed with ASMR for OCD. Satisfying, sigh. You are always great to watch and always inspire me. Thanks 🙂
Nikolas Slead
Nikolas Slead - 10 dager siden
Imagine not obsessively cleaning out your digital and physical supply of stuff (apps, memes, files, clothes) every time you get stressed
蛇猫Marshall - 11 dager siden
Hey Matt. About google photos...
they’re changing ‘unlimited’ into ‘limited’ data amount if used free. I don’t know how much you store,
but would you pay google for more storage or would you change into a different app?
I would love to know because of the struggle with my old photos... love your vids!
Toni Meter
Toni Meter - 15 dager siden
I love you man. 👊🏻
Big Sur
Big Sur - 15 dager siden
Michael Secret
Michael Secret - 20 dager siden
"I NEED to have my computer/tablet/phone sync everything immediately!"
*Turns off all notifications, doesn't use iMessage or FaceTime* 🙄
Raza Hasanović
Raza Hasanović - Måned siden
I just made a video on my digital minimalism process, specifically with my phone. It’s interesting seeing the different approaches. Different needs means different methods of minimizing, which I appreciate. Everyone’s process and end results are different!
Jeremy Hurst
Jeremy Hurst - Måned siden
Thoughtful video Matt! I'd love to interview you on this subject if you'd be open to chatting. Here's my take on this subject:
Robert - Måned siden
*Step 1: install Linux*
Pam Gonzalez
Pam Gonzalez - Måned siden
Haha, when you whispered to the mic... that got me off guard 👍🏻 would definitely want to see how your take on a ASMR video would be like!
L. Ferreira
L. Ferreira - Måned siden
2:22 wow love the honesty hahahahaha
Adi Picograf
Adi Picograf - Måned siden
Finally I have the courage tp delete my ibeer app.
Saphy - 2 måneder siden
can i have some pics? jk
Adam Ali
Adam Ali - 2 måneder siden
mac pro trash can?
Ricky H
Ricky H - 2 måneder siden
DF Tube for distraction free YouTube
Zaid Al Rasheed
Zaid Al Rasheed - 2 måneder siden
Isn't spongebob a minimalist. He wears the same thing every day doesn't have much. Is broke. And walks to work.
Jen “luvinchocolate”
Jen “luvinchocolate” - 2 måneder siden
I need to know how to sync or transfer my photos. I have icloud , google photo and dropbox. I have had them for a long time because i dont know how to combine them
The Polar Zone
The Polar Zone - 2 måneder siden
15:20 Call Linus Tech Tips
Emma Potter
Emma Potter - 2 måneder siden
try Trello out, we used it to manage projects when I was in the uni, but it is excellent to manage any tasks, and it's for free~
Volodymyr Mudrytskyi
Volodymyr Mudrytskyi - 2 måneder siden
That was creepy ending o_O
Connie Seward
Connie Seward - 2 måneder siden
Is it any wonder we are getting rid of our physical stuff? Our heads are exploding with all of the digital information to review, store, discard etc.
NanoByte - 2 måneder siden
What wallpaper is that?
Ujang Yudha
Ujang Yudha - 2 måneder siden
Good Video
xX_JaneRose_Xx - 2 måneder siden
Don’t mind me over here with my 800 apps and 30,000 photos
Prabhanjan Kulkarni
Prabhanjan Kulkarni - 3 måneder siden
Matt, you chose Google? Help me understand here: are you not concerned about the privacy issues with Google products?
By the way, thanks a ton for everything. You have helped me so much in decluttering my life. Loads of love.
Gabriel Jegher
Gabriel Jegher - 3 måneder siden
can you update this video with a 2020 version? or did you already?
Bunyamin Shabanov
Bunyamin Shabanov - 3 måneder siden
Note for backups: chances are you can write a script that will backup everything from your google drive to your SSD once you plug in your ssd into the computer.
John Daniel
John Daniel - 3 måneder siden
Great video 👌 Keep up the good work 👍
Simpletrike - 3 måneder siden
Matt tus videos son lo mejor me encantan y realmente me motiva a cambiar algunos hábitos de mi vida sigue así 👍.un saludo desde 🇵🇪
Akuma Kunshu
Akuma Kunshu - 3 måneder siden
well this video helped a lot
Mr. Firro
Mr. Firro - 3 måneder siden
@Matt D'Avella
Hello man so nice content , high Qlty, priceless advice; we appreciate it man keep sparkling.
concerning the storage issue this is my advice for u, it's the most effective; fast way to access ur files from every where in the planet
1- maybe u can't understand the language .but just look in the description box of this video to see the products used.
good luck in finding a sponsor to cover ur NAS . i think u can do it man. hv a good day
anime ok video
anime ok video - 3 måneder siden
Tap for Sayam
Tap for Sayam - 3 måneder siden
which ipad??
Johannes Dickenson
Johannes Dickenson - 3 måneder siden
> advertises digital minimalism
> doesn't use android caylx os without google bloatware
Karen Wang
Karen Wang - 4 måneder siden
You're doing yourself a disservice by using only apple devices but going with google drive. Icloud is so much better for syncing stuff between macs, iphones and the like. That said, your screwed if you ever get a device that isn't apple, but I don't think that'll be a problem for you haha.
Josh Bosse
Josh Bosse - 3 måneder siden
I am going to be uploading a video on digital minimalism in two days. Let me know if you check it out.
Abdul Rauf
Abdul Rauf - 4 måneder siden
So how do I organize my porn? Nobody talks about that
Chic Gaga
Chic Gaga - 4 måneder siden
If you use Gmail just write and press enter.
So, you will be writing your email.
Add it to favourites, like Matt.
Carmela Juaneza
Carmela Juaneza - 4 måneder siden
I didn't even know that I was doing minimalism all over my stuff I thought I was SICK because I keep on decluttering files and unused apps and just EVERYTHING. I wanted all cleaned and organized
Josh Bosse
Josh Bosse - 3 måneder siden
Haha right. I am going to be uploading a video on digital minimalism in two days. Let me know if you check it out.
Lev Shor
Lev Shor - 4 måneder siden
Great . Thank you : )
L’homme de la Pampa
L’homme de la Pampa - 4 måneder siden
do you use gsuite or an Gmail account ?
Ian Fagundes
Ian Fagundes - 5 måneder siden
Like just because you did it all for the nookie !!
Max kegfire
Max kegfire - 5 måneder siden
Why it"s called minimalism? It is same workflow as for everybody else
12:61 - 5 måneder siden
Wait...... isint Slack just Christian Discord?
David Strachan
David Strachan - 5 måneder siden
The best digital minimalism is deleting all social media and leaving the internet for good. The internet is toxic af.
T-Bone - 5 måneder siden
What you're referring to would be defined as "digital nihilism". Minimalism refers to using/doing something as little as possible, but you're still doing it. Nihilism of sorts is the total rejection of something. "Nihil" ist latin and means "nothing". Therefore not using digital technology at all would be a form of "nihilism". But digital nihilism and minimalism have the same psychological effects. Example: Completely quitting video games will certainly have an improvement on your life in terms of productivity, time management, as well as your dopamine household. However, playing video games for 30-45 minutes per day, if done right, will not diminish your productivity, time management AND will even add benefit to your life in form of improving cognitive processes. Video games can improve focus, attention, problem solving capabilities and a bunch more. That is, if done in a moderate or minimalist manner. That being said; With minimalism you try to use digital medias as little as humanly possible, using only things you really need, like messaging apps to text friends, looking things up on the internet, buying things online etc. There's no real need for social media, other than using the DM section to text friends.
Phillip Russo
Phillip Russo - 5 måneder siden
love you and the vidoes,
but holy hell i just realized the more sheeple cookie cutters who watch this will slowly turn next years problem into people bragging about being a fucking digital minimalist and thinking that makes them a better person lolol its gunna happen. that sucks
Aaron Denne
Aaron Denne - 5 måneder siden
Team up with YouTuber Linus Tech Tips for the raid server system. He's helped iJustine and others with their servers.
Javier Borges González
Javier Borges González - 5 måneder siden
what its your computer?
nx1hing - 5 måneder siden
I recommend checking out Notion, I use it for uni and personal life. It's literally amazing, so customizable...
Harsh Nair
Harsh Nair - 5 måneder siden
Watching Marques (MKBHD) be like Matt D’Avella is in the apple ecosystem
Rampagev1 - 5 måneder siden
All these crappie devices make me sick 😞 that iPhone home screen isn’t minimal
Aqib 7
Aqib 7 - 5 måneder siden
Share the walpaper bro ❤️ love your vids
iblard - 6 måneder siden
Use a linux box with a small linux distro, not a Mac.
Abhishek Gaonkar
Abhishek Gaonkar - 6 måneder siden
I have an iPhone XS (Excess). Mic drop. 😂
Mols - 6 måneder siden
How can I set the logo as the shortcut in chrome? Currently, mine is with description next to it.
Eric Reiss
Eric Reiss - 6 måneder siden that is where you keep the mic!!! :) Good job, Matt!
Kenwu Lim
Kenwu Lim - 6 måneder siden
Dick pics lol 😂😂😂😂😂
Abhay S
Abhay S - 6 måneder siden
can you link the photo of your desktop background
sue cathcart
sue cathcart - 7 måneder siden
As you use most of the Google suite why don't you use Google Keep - I have an iPhone but love my Google Keep which syncs instantly and can be used off-line
Sergii Getman
Sergii Getman - 7 måneder siden
how is that video related to digital minimalism? cause of clean desktop?
Cedric Ahegbebu
Cedric Ahegbebu - 7 måneder siden
Matt please look into Notion. Life changer. pleaseee
Isabelly Maria
Isabelly Maria - 7 måneder siden
Aaa Israel
Aaa Israel - 7 måneder siden
on my iPhone I put all the apps in one folder except the phone app, the screen is black. whatsapp notifications are silent . no distractions :)
The Black Identity
The Black Identity - 7 måneder siden
Can you make a video on the reasons why you use Google for some things (i.e. Calendar, Storage etc.) vs say iCloud and Apple for others (Notes etc.) especially seeing as you have all Apple devices. It would be interesting to know why.
Christoph Baur
Christoph Baur - 7 måneder siden
Can you post the link to the `99 Limp Bizkit Fanpage you made?
Callum Elcombe
Callum Elcombe - 7 måneder siden
I don't quite get the minimal aspect of any of this?
Hayley Beck
Hayley Beck - 7 måneder siden
It was so weird to hear you list your 4 devices, because mine are literally the exact same. 1 Mac book for work, 1 work personal use, Iphone and Ipad. I love your content- you're so talented
Tyler - 7 måneder siden
I would move all those drives to a NAS (learned you are going to do that lol)
Jan Apolsid
Jan Apolsid - 7 måneder siden
What ipad are you using?
Ryan Wall
Ryan Wall - 7 måneder siden
Thumbs up because the "quick pics" joke made me laugh haha.
Joss Mogli
Joss Mogli - 7 måneder siden
what hard drives are you using for the long term storage stuff?
Raphael Boni
Raphael Boni - 7 måneder siden
Subtitles in portuguese are great!
COLELLA Real Estate
COLELLA Real Estate - 7 måneder siden
Hi Matt, I love your work. Very interesting topic the one you dealt with today. I have a question regarding switching from iCloud Photos to Google Photos. I have friends who have had a problem with Google differentiating between personal photos and work photos, and I'm talking about working at Real Estate. How are you driving it? How do you differentiate your work photos from those that are not? I understand that in your case, it may not vary as much as working in Real Estate. Very good video, as always. Greetings from Argentina.....
KrœnT - 7 måneder siden
This is the reason why I bought a 32 GB iPhone in 2020, so I am forced to uninstall unnecessary apps, keep only the nice pictures and instead of 5000 songs I only put the songs I want to listen to on my phone.
Overland Command
Overland Command - 7 måneder siden
I have been moving more and more towards minimalism. I try to apply it to my outdoors life as well. thanks for all the good information!
tedmutesick - 7 måneder siden
2:26 The Office. Man. With. Culture.
Aidin Padiab
Aidin Padiab - 7 måneder siden
Thats awsome matt youre really impressive❤❤
Destini Ty'Jae
Destini Ty'Jae - 8 måneder siden
I'm a pretty organized person, but this made me feel like a complete slacker! 😭
Pia Troncoso
Pia Troncoso - 8 måneder siden
Fuckkkk me more asmr pleaseee
Angela27red - 8 måneder siden
Matt have you ever tried Google Keep. It’s nice
LogicamenteDite - 8 måneder siden
my 2070s : why are you watching this?
Brandon Ballinger
Brandon Ballinger - 8 måneder siden
16:52 WTF did I just witness
Jan-Philipp -
Jan-Philipp - - 8 måneder siden
Where is LinusTechTips when you need him
Mario Black
Mario Black - 8 måneder siden
"sending quick pics... I'm sorry, um, dick pics" 😂🍆
J Y Entertainment
J Y Entertainment - 8 måneder siden
Hey Matt, also if you want to optimize your workflow and speed, I suggest you learn to touch type.
J Y Entertainment
J Y Entertainment - 8 måneder siden
Wait is slack grown up discord?
English / Russian Ideas and Thoughts
helps me to study English)))))
Kamoliddin Sirojiddinov
Kamoliddin Sirojiddinov - 8 måneder siden
Hey, I’m Kamoliddin. Thanks for making these kinds of videos. They all are really helpful and productive. Matt has a good sense of humor which I really like when I catch these moments and sometimes can’t stop laughing. Thank you Matt! ✊ Keep it up 👍🏼. I’ve started changing with your help. Appreciate ✊🖤
Laura Karp
Laura Karp - 8 måneder siden
Come on. iBeer is a very productive app.
Tdr94 19
Tdr94 19 - 8 måneder siden
Talks about being a minamilist but owns tons of Apple products 😂
Nura Galadanchi
Nura Galadanchi - 3 måneder siden
“It just works😎”
Rahul Prasad
Rahul Prasad - 8 måneder siden
14:30 LTT
Dale Alexander Webb
Dale Alexander Webb - 8 måneder siden
I do pretty similar things to you! I even have a 2015 MacBook!
For the problem of sharing media between your devices quickly, why didn’t you use AirDrop?
Marwin Bruns
Marwin Bruns - 8 måneder siden
Great! this video is so nice! I took a lot of tips thanks :)
Zach Hoogerland
Zach Hoogerland - 8 måneder siden
Great video! Matt, how have you minimized your contacts? Any tools or tricks that you can share? Do you sync with Google or iOS?
Jon Moreno
Jon Moreno - 8 måneder siden
iPhone “Ten” S
Pranjay Sahu
Pranjay Sahu - Måned siden
why is it hard for people to remember ITS A 10 and NOT the alphabet X