HopefulShrimp :

Zero notifications on my iPhone…what’s the worst that can happen?

I disabled all my notifications on my iPhone, my iPad, and my laptop.

“There are two types of people: One strives to control his environment, the other strives not to let his environment control him. I like to control my environment”

George Carlin

At first I was scared. My fear was that someone would call me in an emergency and I wouldn’t be able to pick up because I didn’t get notified that they called. That isn’t rational. Emergencies happen, just not as often as we make ourselves believe they do.

During the first week that I turned off notifications, I checked social media, my email and other places regularly. In fact, I still do, just not as often.

I love the fact that nothing comes onto my lock screen or lights up my phone. Notifications create a sense of urgency around something that’s not important at all. Without my phone ringing, buzzing, pinging, or vibrating, I use my phone when I want to. Because of zero notifications, I feel like I can get my head stuck into a problem more easily than I did before. I never realized when I had those notifications on that they truly could throw me off my current thought and make it hard to get my focus back. More than anything, I feel a lot calmer. I don’t need to know right now that someone liked something I posted on social media. But, if I check it too frequently it is my own fault; I went out of my way to go and look. As Derek Sivers puts it, “everything is my fault”:

But to decide its your fault feels amazing! Now you werent wronged. They were just playing their part in the situation you created. Theyre just delivering the punch-line to the joke you set up. What power! Now youre like a new super-hero, just discovering your strength. Now youre the powerful person that made things happen, made a mistake, and can learn from it. Now youre in control and theres nothing to complain about.

Gary Sivers

P.S. I went a little power crazy and disable background app refresh as well. I may re-enable it if I don’t see any improvement in my battery life.