A few days ago I was at an event with several of my girlfriends. All of the sudden, I heard several simultaneous “dings” on the phones of everyone I was with. I looked at my phone (as did everyone else), but I didn’t see anything. Everyone else apparently had gotten a Facebook message from a large group message that we were all in. Don’t worry. They weren’t leaving me out…I just don’t have push notifications on my phone. I don’t see Facebook messages come through until I log into my Facebook account on my computer. This goes for every app on my phone. I don’t get an alert every time someone likes one of my Instagram photos nor does my phone ding every time someone re-pins one of my pins on Pinterest. I don’t even have notifications for my email…because if I did…my husband would go insane due to the constant dinging that would occur nearly 24 hours a day. My email never stops!
The only things that my phone alerts me of are phone calls, text messages and events on my calendar. I’m sure you are thinking…why in the world would you do this? My answer to this is that it keeps me sane. I turned all these notifications off about a year and a half ago. I can’t tell you how refreshing it was. If we are honest with ourselves, we’ll admit that most of the time, we don’t need to immediately know that our Aunt Sue commented on our profile picture or that Joe Smith and 15 others re-pinned your Kale salad recipe.
In addition to feeling refreshed after turning off these notifications, I also noticed that I felt significantly less stressed. In hindsight, it was extremely overwhelming to constantly have banners pop up on my phone and constant dings begging for my attention. When I was receiving all of these constant alerts, I couldn’t help but check on whatever app it was immediately. I mean, I can’t have my Aunt Sue upset with me for not immediately responding to her comment that she left on my photo! Ha! I know this sounds ridiculous, but these were my subconscious thoughts at the time.
The reduced stress level is the biggest benefit of turning off your push notifications. However, if that isn’t enough for you, think about how much time you will save. If you remove these alerts from your phone, you will automatically check your social media accounts less throughout the day. And, we all know how much of a time-sucker social media is…no matter how much we may love it! I think we can all agree that feeling less stress and gaining more time in your day is something that we all could use. I challenge you to turn off your push notifications and see what happens!
Here’s how you do it: (This is for iPhone users, though I’m sure similar steps can be taken for other phones as well.)
Go to Settings. Go to Notifications. Go to each app on your phone and, where it says “allow notifications,” swipe it to the left so that it is no longer green. Also note, when you initially download any app on your phone, it will ask you if you want to allow push notifications…tap “don’t allow.”