We kick things off this week with one of the more popular questions we receive: Does it make sense for me to do a backdoor Roth IRA?
Some times it’s a no-brainer, but there are definitely some factors that need to be considered. That’s the conversation in the first segment with Jeff from Chicago.
Next up was Chelsea from North Carolina with a question about when it makes sense to take advantage of post-tax retirement contributions.
Digital minimalists are all around us. They're the calm, happy people who can hold long conversations without furtive glances at their phones. They can get lost in a good book, a woodworking project, or a leisurely morning run. They can have fun with friends and family without the obsessive urge to document the experience. They stay informed about the news of the day, but don't feel overwhelmed by it. They don't experience "fear of missing out" because they already know which activities provide them meaning and satisfaction.
Man oh man, that is music to my ears! That’s why I’m so excited about our guest this week in hour two, Cal Newport, with us to talk about his latest book, Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World.
Newport gives us a name for this quiet movement, and makes a persuasive case for its urgency in our tech-saturated world. Common sense tips, like turning off notifications, or occasional rituals like observing a digital sabbath, don't go far enough in helping us take back control of our technological lives, and attempts to unplug completely are complicated by the demands of family, friends and work. What we need instead is a thoughtful method to decide what tools to use, for what purposes, and under what conditions.
Drawing on a diverse array of real-life examples, from Amish farmers to harried parents to Silicon Valley programmers, Newport identifies the common practices of digital minimalists and the ideas that underpin them. He shows how digital minimalists are rethinking their relationship to social media, rediscovering the pleasures of the offline world, and reconnecting with their inner selves through regular periods of solitude.
Technology is intrinsically neither good nor bad. The key is using it to support your goals and values, rather than letting it use you. This book shows the way.
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