Email and notification overload

“Just turn it off,” they say.

Types of Notifications

Email

I have 3 active email, a personal one and the others for each of my businesses.

Social Media

I’m on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Quora, Medium, Tumblr, and Snapchat. On some of those, I’ve got 2 accounts because I run 2 businesses. Additionally, there’s Google, which is a beast that is slowly taking over with all its new features and applications.

Phone Calls

And then there’s my cell phone number. For the last year the about of spam to legit calls is about 5 to 1. When the phone rings, I don’t answer it.

Unsubscribing

I unsubscribed from ALL Facebook notifications. Guess what happened. I rarely go there and when I do it’s for a very specific task like posting an item for sale on the buy and sell or to check for a respond on a group discussion. When I do login, I’m genuinely interested to see my friends updates and group posts, however, they don’t call to me when I’m out of the program. I’ve literally been forgetting to check Facebook and maybe go there once a week. It’s kind of like an, “oh shit, I forgot to check Facebook” type of feeling and then when I login I realize that I haven’t missed anything.

It’s debatable whether people should spend their time on Facebook just to ensure they don’t miss anything. It’s a different kind of passive and remote reality. I don’t buy into it anymore.

Growing Lack of Interest

I am getting increased email from Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and LinkedIn advising me of what I’ve missed and trying to get me back into their networks. But they don’t excite me anymore. What I used them for initially, isn’t there anymore. In fact, they have all but turned into time-wasters.

The entire digitized world is losing interest for me!

Was it just a phase?

I think this is kind of like when I woke up one day and didn’t want to go out drinking or to the nightclubs anymore. Those activities had been my raison d’être for a long time. I absolutely loved going out drinking, dancing and meeting boys in my twenties.

It’s so refreshing…

…not to be in the grips of an addiction. Something that takes up so much time and returns very little.

Calgary mompreneur | figuring it out, making it work.

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