How many times in an average day do I look at my phone because there has been a notification about an email?
Is it an important email? Does it need some action there and then? Is it a marketing email, or an unsolicited communication that I don’t need to look at until it is convenient for me?
Put the NO into NOtifications
Today I have turned off my email notifications, knowing full well that I won’t really miss having to look at what has come in:
- A reminder from Halfords that my car needs servicing within a month (I know already)
- A voucher for a discount at Holland & Barrett (which I probably won’t use as I don’t go there that often)
- A mailing list communication that I probably won’t get round to reading anyway.
They are the kind of really urgent emails that I am not going to have my life enhanced by reading now.
When do you NEED to read your emails?
Notifications of emails are becoming less and less necessary for so many. I log into my email account several times a day anyway. I don’t need to be told there and then for every email that comes in.
Have you thought about turning off phone notifications for your emails too? Have a look to see which notifications you get that distract you from focusing on what you were already doing?
I would like to think that you will still get to see your emails at a time to suit you, so you won’t miss out. You can gain control of your emails and notifications. Take back that control today!