It’s been almost two years since I’ve turned off my notifications and I don’t miss them at all! I’ve found that I have less anxiety, I’m not constantly checking my phone and I’m present with those around me.
Am I the only one that finds it rude when others are constantly on their phone when you are hanging out with them?! Smartphones have definitely made our lives much easier however more and more people are becoming addicted to them.
Once I turned off my notifications my thumb stopped being sore. Yes, it was sore from scrolling!! So embarrassed to admit that but I know I’m not the only one.
I’m not sure what the answer is to all of this but I do believe being on our devices less will help all of us.
Original Post: July 2016
When you check your phone’s lock screen, is it line after line of notifications? Yes, guilty as charged. Turning off notifications was really never a thought until reading this post and that is the first question it poses. The rest of the article goes on to talk about it being a productivity killer. Notifications are a distraction, even if you only glance at it, all of those glances add up!
Taking the advice from the article, I decided to test out turning off the notifications. The results were pretty eye opening.
Here’s what I found:
- Productivity Increased: I really noticed how much more my productivity really increased, I was able to get through all of my to do lists without any distractions. If I were to put a number on it, it would be anywhere from 1-2 hours a week. I kicked the habit of clicking on the home button (iPhone user) to see if there were any notifications because I knew there wouldn’t be anything there waiting for me to see. I did keep the notification on for text messages because those are important.
- A Place of Zen: There’s something calming about not always being connected to the world. I found that I didn’t have to constantly be on and I could check my social media accounts or apps at my discretion and not when a notification dictated it. I wondered if I really would care about seeing those notifications and the answer was a surprising no. There were notifications turned on for my sisters when they would post something so I would see it, I was concerned I might miss something they posted but with the new algorithms to social media that doesn’t make much of a difference anymore because their feeds usually show up first.
- Battery Life Extended: I didn’t have to charge my phone as much because I wasn’t on it as much. This is pretty obvious but it’s one of those you have to see it to believe it. My anxiety level of having a low battery diminished because I didn’t have to worry about it as much.
Do you think you can turn off your notifications? If you can do it, try it! You’ll be surprised at the results, you can always turn them back on 🙂