Originally posted on LinkedIn
My relationship with notifications is always changing. I’m constantly looking for new ways to revamp how I get information.
2 years ago I owned a Moto 360 smartwatch. I loved it…for about a week. Nothing wrong with the watch. But, I’d get vibrating notifications on my wrist every 20 seconds.
I didn’t want to be taken away from reality that often. I noticed myself getting irritated and impulsive much more. I got rid of the watch and my life was much clearer.
At the beginning of last month, I also turned off my notifications on my phone too! Texts, calls, and important emails were still turned on. I shut everything else off.
I now segment my day where I can check my phone and social media at certain times. This actually assures maximum productivity when I’m not using the phone and when I am.
Social media and using your phone is extremely important and in my case, it’s built my business and who I am. But, it’s not always good all the time.
Sometimes we need a break from our phones, lay back, breath in and out, and enjoy the moment. Next time, when you find yourself bored don’t pull out your phone. Instead sit back and be mindful for a few minutes and actually allow your mind to think.
How often do you check your phone during the day?