I shut off almost all of my notifications on my phone, tablet, and computer over the weekend.
One of my themes right now is creating more than I consume. I have noticed my habits trending towards being less intentional, and even realized some of this was a result of good intentions.
I have read about people deleting everything off of their phones, which doesn’t work for me. I use my phone to make things. I work from my iPhone…a lot. I publish to my blog from my iPhone. I do most of my content distribution and sharing from my iPhone. I don’t want to cripple my device.
I have just found that when I start working, I will turn away from the task I am working on with every buzz and ding. My attention span has suffered considerably.
So the only thing I have notifications for now are:
- Phone calls
- Text messages
- Emails from by VIP list
- FaceTime calls.
Everything else gets a notification badge and that is it. I keep any consumption prone app off of my home screen. This way I have to go to it to check it vs. be distracted by the little red numbers on the icon.
The lack of distraction is pretty freeing. I hopeful I will be able to stay focused on a task longer.
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