Do you remember when you turned your cell phone off at night?
I remember holding the power button and turning off my cell phone for years before I went to bed. Then I got an iPhone, and when I turned it off to charge it at night, it turned back on. It’s stayed on, in one form or another, since then.
The danger of being always connected is that you’re always on. There’s no down time. No solitude. Sometimes you’re lonely, but you’re never alone.
I’m not here to live my life for other people. I hope you aren’t either.
To combat always being on, I turned on the Do Not Disturb feature of my phone from 10 pm to 7 am, daily.
- I don’t have to worry about work trying to distract me at the last minute.
- I sleep peacefully knowing that nothing but a true emergency will wake me up.
- I start my day without a plethora of notifications bombarding me the moment I wake up.
It’s a small change, but it been a good way for me to start my year. Less noise. Less notifications. Less distractions.
How are you filtering your notifications in 2013?