Edit Your Life Episode 96: Downgrading Your Life

We upgrade tools and gadgets to improve or simplify our lives. But in an eye-opening New York Times Magazine piece, editor Pamela Paul pointed out that constant newness and “feature clutter” can actually increase overwhelm. She went on to talk about how her intentional “downgrading” helped lend balance to her already sped-up life.

In Episode 96 of Edit Your Life, Asha and I discuss Pamela’s piece, talk about what mindful downgrading looks like in our lives, and share 6 tips for how to push back against upgrade pressure, how (or whether) to spend your upgrade budget, and how to advocate for your choices at work and at home.

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What’s one thing you’ve either intentionally downgraded, or wish you hadn’t upgraded? Join the discussion on the Edit Your Life Facebook page (look for the Question Of The Week post).

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