I love technology. It is without a doubt my weakness from a purchase and potential clutter perspective. Some people have cars, or suits, or shoes, I have tech. Good tech gets me going and releases a decent amount of dopamine. I’m focused on having the technology work for me and not the other way around. Most of the time when we install an app on a device it asks us if we want to allow notifications. DO NOT allow this as the default response! I know this is controversial for some. I have upset some “Group Me” or “WhatsApp“ groups that insist that I monitor all day long for messages. “Manage Stuff and Love people” is something I believe in. I definitely don’t believe in the reverse. Anyway, notifications can be addictive and create a perception that you are doing something.
I do have some notifications. Phone texts. Airline apps (for boarding type things), alerts from my bank, fitness apps, and delivery services are some examples. I turn most everything else off. Another tidbit, if you have a watch that is connected to your phone (e.g. Apple Watch), they can create even more notifications. I go into the watch app and disable most except some of the examples I cited above.
I ask you to go into your device(s) and find your top ten that you want to keep receiving notifications and disable the rest. Try it for just a few days and see how it feels. You may instinctively be looking at your phone or wrist anticipating the notifications. After a while you may feel more free and in control. Then you can put in your calendar time to check your device, respond, and post. I know it is not super simple to do this, but trying one step at a time can get you back control of tech and your time. I love technology!
“Your time is your life!” - Winston