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What Notifications You Need Enabled on Your Phone

productivity smartphone May 03, 2019

I get asked about notifications a lot.

So in this post, I’m going to share my thoughts of what notifications you should and should not have enabled on your phone.

How many notifications should you have enabled?

Short answer: as few as possible.

Translation: not all of them!

Notifications are distractions.

Think about how many times your phone dings, bings, swooshes, or vibrates over the course of a day.

Let me ask it another way: what would other people think? If you don't know, ask them. Or look around when your phone starts to make noise.

Before we get too far

There are many types of notifications (at least on the iPhone):

  • Banners - pop up on your lock screen
  • Sounds
  • Badges - that little number in a circle that tells you how many unread messages you have
  • Notification Center - on the iPhone, your notifications show up here if you have it selected. These are separate from the lock screen pop-ups.

You don't have to have them all enabled.

I don’t subscribe to it to the No-notification movement. If a notification serves you, then I say it's okay.

What notifications I have enabled:

  • Text and instant messages (WhatsApp, Telegram, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Slack, etc.)
  • Calendar/reminders
  • Weather apps (yes, I have more than one)
  • Credit card apps
  • Deliveries app
  • Health-related apps

Notice what I don’t have enabled:

  • Social media
  • Email
  • Sports apps

 News apps aren't listed because I don't have any installed on my iPhone.

A notification cleanse

Get your notification house in order by doing a notification cleanse. I encourage you to do this on a regular basis.

Go through ALL your notifications on ALL of your devices and disable any notification that is not serving you. If you do this right, most of your notifications should be disabled.

Fewer notifications is better! 

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