August 25, 2023

Master your notifications

Master your notifications

Master your notifications, donโ€™t be their slave ๐Ÿ˜ฐ

๐“๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐ž ๐š๐ซ๐ž ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ ๐๐ข๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐ฌ ๐š๐›๐จ๐ฎ๐ญ ๐š ๐ง๐จ๐ญ๐ข๐Ÿ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง (๐ฌ๐ฎ๐œ๐ก ๐š๐ฌ ๐š ๐ฆ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐š๐ ๐ž, ๐š๐ง ๐ž-๐ฆ๐š๐ข๐ฅ, ๐š ๐ฌ๐ฅ๐š๐œ๐ค, ...)

1. The content of the notification, which is basically a task, just added on-top of your to-do list.

2. The fact that itโ€™s popping or not.In other words, a notification can be ๐๐ข๐ฌ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ฉ๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž (e.g. appear as a sound, a banner or a badgeโ€ฆ), and therefore disturb you; or ๐›๐ž ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐ญ, and therefore only require your attention once or twice a day, all will be handled during your dedicated time for replying to e-mails & messages has arrived.

๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿ‘‰ You must choose carefully which notifications are popping or showing under your eyes (such as an icon badge), and they must be extremely limited!

Asynchronous communication channels (such as e-mails) should never interrupt you on what you are doing.

Master such channels by defining dedicated time slots in your calendar to check them and tackle some of them (typically called a โ€focus sessionโ€ or โ€œinbox-zero sessionโ€).