Idea: Turn off the notifications

A year ago, I was chained to my phone. As a digital media specialist, 99.9% of my time is spent attached to a device or online.

A few months ago, I turned off notifications to all of my apps while I went on vacation. I spent a week at the beach without hearing constant dings for emails, Facebook, and the seemingly hundreds of other apps on my phone.

New_Logo_Gmail.svgWhen I returned, I never turned them back on. Here’s what happened:

I started getting better at prioritizing things in my life, and therefore became much less stressed.

Guess what? It turns out that you don’t have to answer emails 24/7 to be good at your job — they’ll still be there when you have a free moment.

Instead of working on something the minute I’m asked (after hours), I do the things that I need time for in my life: I go for a hike, go to the gym or read a book. When I return, and when I have the time to focus on the task – that’s when I do it.

Turn off your email notifications. Turn off the social media constant updates. Tune in to the world.

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An afternoon hammock nap. Something you can do when you’re not glued to your phone.


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