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Unplug: Disconnect to Reconnect by [Carl Phillips]

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07VRVRW1X
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Carl Phillips (24 July 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 812 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 62 pages
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Carl writes short books full of big ideas, covering simplicity, focus and living well.

He is also the proud owner of Frictionless Living (

What is Frictionless Living all about?

We all encounter friction in our lives. Things that get in the way of what we’d really rather be doing with our time. Things we wish we could simplify, reduce or get rid of completely.

Frictionless Living is dedicated to helping readers find simplicity, clarity and focus in a distracted and busy world.

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Barry W. Morris
4.0 out of 5 stars Unplugging and Disconnecting Leads to Greater Meaning When Reconnecting
Reviewed in the United States on 2 August 2019
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unplugging and Disconnecting Leads to Greater Meaning When Reconnecting
Reviewed in the United States on 2 August 2019
I’ve been aware of Carl’s work for a few years. He’s the author of seven other “brief books with big ideas,” including Slow: Seeking Stillness in Fast-Paced Times, A Short Guide to Living Well, and The Frictionless Lifestyle: Reset Your Compass and Live More on Your Own Terms, among others.

I’ve appreciated his take on several issues that are close to my own core values, specifically living with less, intentional living via mindfulness and the embrace of the present moment. Carl is also known for his pragmatic approach to living a life with less friction: a practice that embraces both simplicity and minimalism. His brief books are direct and to the point without much fluff and I recommend them to you.

I read Carl's brief book Unplug: Disconnect to Reconnect with great interest as I've been struggling with this issue first hand. For me, the themes in this book are important. Underscoring the book's main message is the commitment to both simplicity and minimalism, though not for the sake of identifying with either.

Rather, Carl focuses on both the reasons that led to being overconnected and overcommitted in the first portion of the book, while prescribing a clear, straightforward path for disconnecting from that which led us to this place.

Carl's writing is clear, with little fluff. He gets to the point and makes his points with clear, easy to understand examples from our modern lives

Carl suggests that our presence on social media should be intentional. Instead of suggesting that we abandon social media altogether, Carl urges us to be more intentional, even mindful when we choose to scroll through Twitter, taking the time to read, understand, and respond with clarity.

In this section, this quote stood out:
“Thought Leaders Think: We borrow and steal the clever insights of others, passing them off as our own. In some strange and vapid game, we project ourselves as ‘thought’ leaders. We hashtag our messages, we hit repeat. Oh, we’re so very clever. Passing off ideas that were never ours, to begin with, as our own masterful insights.”.

But this is only one of the many great points Carl makes in this brief but bold book. Here's another...

By re-engaging with focus and reflection, Carl suggests that we are better able to discern the signal from the noise. All-day long we are confronted by noise, both audible and silent; Voices on the train force us to wear AirPods or headphones; endless scrolling through social media deadens our senses, and for those of us are forced to occupy an ‘open office’ and are subject to the loud-talkers and jokesters who think everyone needs to hear about their weekend, we become what Pink Floyd termed ‘comfortably numb.’

Carl makes the point that when we engage in deeper focus and reflection, we will focus instead on the signal; that we will break free from of our comfortable state of numbness. For those us who write for a living, he also urges us to take an inventory of how we are engaging in the silent noise of our blogs and websites. Are we using pop-ups or videos that automatically play when a page opens? Are we inundating our readers with a flood of emails that contain only shallow pools of information?

Carl concludes with a brief treatise on stillness - This is the yey to both disconnecting and reconnecting with intention. When we disconnect from the Internet, from email, from social media and spend time with our own thoughts, and ultimately finding stillness in the present moment - only then will we find contentment and peace.

When you download this book, you'll most likely read it in one or two sittings. I read it on my iPad while riding a commuter train. It might be a rapid read, but I think you'll want to read it again to get the most out it. I recommend taking some notes to internalize the book's message.
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