No to notifications

Habits form whether we like it or not.

If we’re careful, and work hard for long enough, habits can be wonderful: yoga each morning; planning important things for tomorrow; daily practice of the piano; times and spaces shared with the ones you love.

Other habits are more insidious. I’m looking at you automatic notifications.

Today I’m going to switch my phone to Pomodoro mode, I’ll close Slack, put the Android Wear watch in the drawer and close most of my Chrome tabs (including email).

Just thinking about this leaves me feeling both excited and a little bit anxious. The prospect of change often has this effect on me. Okay, okay … I’ll close ALL of my Chrome tabs.

I hope to learn the best and worst bits of trying this change on. And maybe I’ll make some of these changes into habits I choose.