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Escaping Notification Hell

How many electronic devices are you carrying? Surveys show that most professionals carry two or three, and with the rise in smart watches, increasingly four devices.

The problem with this plethora of devices apart from the need to keep them charged is that all of them have notification features. And most people are not nearly diligent enough about disabling notifications, landing them in what I call Notification Hell.

Notification Hell

Most users leave notifications at the default settings, giving them way too many notifications on all devices. You need to turn down the notification level and vary your notifications by device. You pay more attention to very personal devices that you always carry, so they should notify you very rarely. You watch should hardly ever notify you, and your phone only rarely.

You can allow your tablet and laptop more notifications because the usage situation is different; you have decided to sit down with your tablet or laptop for a longer session. Additionally, they have more screen area and better input capabilities to handle a larger list of items.

Escape notification hell – it’s totally within your power.


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Notifications are Evil

I just received yet another promotional email from Apple, touting a new, improved watchOS2 as well as new colors and wristbands. And I’m not buying.

Wearable devices have two reasons to exist:

  • To gather data more conveniently
  • To present data more conveniently

Interrupting you by beeping, buzzing or tapping you on the wrist with clever haptic alerts are not reasons to buy yet another device.

A large part of all wearable devices are various health activity trackers. If you want or need this data, fine, get a device that gathers those.

Some wearable devices present data more conveniently. For a number of specific jobs and situations, devices like Google Glass will be the right tool for the job. For other use cases, having information available on your wrist might be useful. I don’t mind my watch knowing that I’m in the airport and automatically placing my boarding card on my wrist display.

Most people leave their devices at the default notification settings, which allows way too many notifications and alerts to disturb them. Adding another device will lead to more notifications, and notifications are evil. Turn them off!