Today, I made a choice. I made a choice to carve out a chunk of time to write this article, but I did so at the expense of communication. I very intentionally decided to cast my eyes in the other direction by ignoring a deluge of inbound inquiries…
I suffered this for years. Until recently, I had notifications for EVERYTHING. But I came to realize my phone and email don’t need my attention 24/7. For email, I turned off all notifications on my computer. On my phone, I only get notified on my personal email, and only if the sender is from a friend (thanks Gmail!).
I turned off all notifications for Facebook. I don’t use Twitter. The only IM service I use is Google Hangouts, but friends use that sparingly.
I turned on read receipts on my phone because I very often put it down or in another room and don’t respond to people for hours. I don’t want people to think I’m purposefully ignoring them.
I used to want to be connected to everyone, on every service, at any time. But it burned me out. I don’t feel the need for “always on” communication in my life. People survived without it before, we’ll be just fine going forward.
I 100% agree with the above. I’ve actually had nightmares about my work phone ringing… disconnecting is so very nice.