Who's in control?

Sticking with a similar theme to last month, I thought it worth mentioning about 'notifications'. We live in a world of instant access and instant response. It is normal to be constantly checking and responding to email, text, Facebook messages, etc. But if you want to have some relaxation time and spend quality time with family and friends, you need to be "in the room" with them and not constantly worrying about who else is trying to get in touch with you. The easiest way to do this is to turn off your notifications so that your phone isn't pinging and dinging every time a message comes in.

I have an iPhone so I can only give guidance on how to turn things off on that, but I'm guessing it won't be dissimilar on other phones.

So head to your settings icon and scroll down until your find 'Notifications'. When you go into the notifications section every app you have on your phone will be listed and you can go into each one and select your notification options. It would be best to turn them off altogether but at least turn off the sound even if you leave the badge alerts to show. This isn't turning the app off, just the notifications, so you can still go into your email or Facebook apps and see what messages have come in, but at least this way you can do that at a time to suit you, rather than being interrupted every time a message arrives and then feeling obliged to look at it.

So take control of your time and make sure you dictate who you speak to and when rather than being controlled by the little black box in your pocket.

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