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Turn off the notifications

I turned off all notifications last month.

All popups. All sounds. All vibrations.

I have to actively turn on, unlock and look for the red dots on my phone to find out about new messages.

If I want to see if I have new email. I have to open the app and look in it.

There is no longer a constant beeping throughout the day. Or switching on and off of a phone to check the lock screen. Or phantom vibrations from my pocket.

I get to focus on what I’m doing and then when I want to, in my own time, actively check for notifications.

I manage to work uninterrupted for longer periods of time. I’m more focussed on the things I’m doing without constant switching back and forth between different mental tasks. I feel less stressed out and so much more productive.

—jw