Happiness Hack #37 – Turn Off Your Reminders

If you want to be happier turn off all of those reminders that pop-up, buzz, or ring every time you get an email, text, message, or app reminder.   The average smart phone user has 32 apps on their phone, sends or receives 100 texts and 125 emails, and receives 82 notifications from social sites per day. That means the average person is interrupted every 5 minutes.

All of those interruptions damage our health, our productivity, our relationships, and our happiness. The constant bombardment of reminders creates sustained levels of stress that can be damaging to our health in the long term. They create chaos with our productivity because we are constantly interrupted and can’t focus on one task for more than 5 minutes without being reminded to switch to another. We can never experience Flow or the happiness related to getting so wrapped up in an activity that we lose track of time. Our relationships are put at risk as we constantly check our electronics for the next message rather than focusing all our attention on the person in front of us. We unwittingly eliminate human contact, a key component of happiness, even though we are 6 inches away from another person whom we care about.

Our opportunities for success also suffer because we pay less attention in meetings and can’t isolate blocks of time to work on the big important projects.

Don’t let your reminders take control of your life. Turn them off so you can decide when you are going to interact with an app or check your email, texts, and social sites.

Turn off your reminders and you will be happier and more successful.


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My Passion is helping people become successful and happy. I have found that many people want to be successful but just don’t know how. More importantly, people want to be successful because they feel that reaching some success pinnacle will result in them becoming happy. The research and my experience has shown that just the opposite is the case. Success does not lead to happiness. Happiness leads to success.

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