More and more, I’m becoming more about having my tech make as little sound as possible. The exclusion to this would be my smart speakers, since that’s literally their job. But, that’s good noise. What I don’t want are the various sounds that come from the different phones, tablets, and computers in my home.
It’s because of this I’m a considerable fan of silent mode on my devices. Increasingly, however, I’ve started using Do Not Disturb more. There’s an option on the Apple Watch to instantly activate DND when starting a workout. Apple also has option for DND which include staying on until you leave a location and until an event ends. I’ve started using the latter of these for while I’m at work. This keeps my Watch from tapping me throughout the day and my phone from vibrating in my pocket, attempting to draw my attention from what I’m doing.
I’ve also limited the number of notifications which can make a sound or vibration on my iPhone. Things like sports or news app end up working as a bit of a news feed in this way. I’ve also taken the time to employ some suggestions from Zac Hall’s article on 9to5Mac on toning down the distractions from the Apple Watch. I’ve personally limited my notifications down to three things:
- Messages (iMessage/SMS)
I want to know important things and these three things are the most important to me. Sports scores, social media updates, email, etc. can all wait. Some of these things, like sports news updates, get delivered to my phone silently to the Notification Center. Email apps and most social media have been deleted completely off my phone.
All of this is part of a process I’m going through to remove clutter from my life, both digitally and physically. It’s all an attempt to think more freely, to quiet my mind, and to really enjoy the things I care about. In the end, I hope to be a happier person.