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Fast Company deputy editor Kate Davis has never owned a smartphone, and has no desire to. Cal Newport, associate professor of computer science at Georgetown University, has never had a social media account and believes that it's importance is overhyped.

In today's modern environment, it's impractical to live a completely digital-free life. But as Newport points out, you can keep your smartphone and stay sane at the same time. The key is to practice digital minimalism, and spend your online time "on a small number of carefully selected activities that strongly support things you value, and then happily miss out on everything else."

Here are three tips to cut back on your digital diet without giving up all your devices:

  1. Schedule your internet and email use.
  2. Develop a ranking system for your email.
  3. Give yourself clear "online hours."

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