Our devices can now notify us of the most minimal of happenings.
I’m amazed when I see friends’ and co-workers’ phones pop up with the latest likes, pins, posts, nudges and nags. Add in the automatic notification of emails, tweets and other social media updates, and I wonder how some people ever do anything but look at their phones all day.
There is no faster way to become a slave to your devices and feel that you must always be “on” than to have notifications popping up all the time.
On my phone, I get 3 types of notifications:
- Text messages
- Twitter direct messages
- Travel alerts
That is it and I love it.
Besides minimizing the amount of distractions throughout the day, this restriction means that when something does pop up on the screen, I’ll take the time to look at it because it must be something important.
Technology empowers us to decide when and where we work, so we should be the ones making the decisions – not our devices.
When I have a moment of quiet, I’ll pull down my latest email and go through it. I’ll look at Instagram to see what people have said about my photos. I’ll surf the networks to see what everyone is up to. The key is that I decide when to do this, not my device. This way I can enjoy wherever I am and whoever I’m with and not be distracted.
Take some time today to look at the settings on your phone and tablets to make sure you only have the most important of notifications enabled. In addition to saving your sanity, it’ll save those precious battery levels that we are always looking to maximize. Plus, you’ll enjoy life much more.
Let me know how it goes.
Photo credit: mr_t_in_dc