Done with the Ding

Eight notification types to shut off or silence for improved productivity.

Originally published on Medium.com

Photo by Jamie Street on Unsplash

The ding of an incoming email used to give me a panic attack.

Who was it? What did they want? Did I need to drop everything and answer them? Of course, I did. They expected it. I was providing good customer service by dropping all my work, interrupting my flow and telling them the thing they wanted to know, which was a thing that if they’d only given me a fricking day and a half they could have learned at the same time as everyone else when I made the announcement but now that was going to be at least two days because I kept getting interrupted.

I’d reply.

Sit back down to my interrupted task and — ding! — they’d fired off a reply to my reply, starting the cycle all over again. And reaffirming that this was a process that must be done NOW.

But it wasn’t sustainable.

And my productivity suffered for it. . . .

Read my full article — and perhaps more significantly find the eight notification types to shut off or silence for improved productivity — at Medium.

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