Minimal Notifications

I love my smartphone. The iPhone is a brilliant invention. But too much of a good thing is bad for us. We are too connected right now.

I felt that. It was overwhelming. I had to deactivate from Facebook. Life is better, more quiet.

For the longest time, I always have my phone in silent mode. Yes, there are cute ringtones. I use them but most of the time I have no use for them. I don't like the sound of the phone when it rings. I wouldn't want to stop what I was doing and attend to that phone call. Since then, I put my phone on silent.

How my phone looks like
The equivalent of a ring tone now is the notifications on every app. It is annoying to me. It's like screaming for my attention. I already have kids who always want my attention. I don't need an app to tell me it needs my attention. I always click no to requests to send me push notification. Not my thing.

There was an article I saw from a tweet of Michael Hyatt about Zero Notifications by Joel Gascoigne. It made a lot of sense to me. When I see a notification on my phone, I would instantly attend to it. While I disabled this feature on most social media apps, it is still on for a handful of messaging apps. It still drove me crazy. 

Inspired by the article, I disabled all notifications on my phone except for WhatsApp (where I communicate with my family), my water tracker and Baby Connect (an app which I use to log my baby's activities.)

I love not seeing those notifications. I only go to each app when I have the time for it. My problem now is I'd forget to check things like the mail. Oops... It's okay, people who matters will know how to reach me and will not email me about emergencies. 

I really appreciate the peace and quiet. I decided I am in charge of the phone; it doesn't take over my life.

How are you with your notifications?


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