I've configured my mail client to only check mails once an hour... and I feel like that not only helps my productivity, but also makes me quite a bit more relaxed sitting in front of my desktop.

Now I wish I could configure other apps to also only spam me with notifications in certain intervals.

For example: don't alert me for every single Mastodon notification, give me a nicely formatted summary twice a day.

@fribbledom Yes. I mostly get notifications via Android, but the phone is muted, but it mirrors via Pushbullet.

Anyhow, I've been thinking recently, that they should bundle notifications and then notify you according to when/how often you want.

@juliank @fribbledom Mine does this with GSConnect but I've a neat Do-Not-Disturb switch in Gnome to keep stuff quiet there as well.

@fribbledom I have seen other people suggest this as well: Disable all notifications, and manually check the apps you care about once in a while.
You get less distracted, and you also save time 😄
(Might not be the best solution for everyone though).
On my phone I have notifications on, but there's no sound/vibration. That also works.


Not a bad idea, but I feel like too many things would start piling up and I'd just become afraid to miss something or I would get fed up with having to deal with too many notifications at once.

@fribbledom @matiaslavik I ended up going this approach. There are only two applications on my phone that can do notifications (Signals and my work-only Outlook).

Everything else, I found I check 5-10 times a day when I'm ready and notifications haven't gotten too overwhelming.

It's one of those things where you might have to try it for a couple days and see if it works. It also *really* reduced my stress levels.

@dmoonfire @fribbledom yeah, good point 👍
I get really annoyed or stressed by notification sounds 😅

@fribbledom mine checks emails only when I do that manually, worked out even better.

@fribbledom that’s a fantastic idea for a possibly profitable product tbh

@fribbledom But then, this summary would need to be produced base on some rules distinguishing “valuable” posts from less interesting.

Because let’s face it, we would prefer having a daily digest because we don’t need all of the stuff we see on fediverse. Perhaps we’re only interested in some percent of it, but we’ve got used to having a lot of people on our timelines and stopping following them would feel like saying “I don’t like you anymore”. But that’s wrong, isn’t it?

I think we need to keep in mind that social media, regardless if federating or walled gardens, fuel FOMO. Not following everyone we follow will make our timelines less crowded. Disabling boosts from certain people might also help reduce the amount of posts on our time-lines.

Part of me wants to leave fediverse and waste less time. Another part of me wants to see all that inspiring stuff you people are doing (and there’s a lot of it). Yet another part has an idea how a stand-alone fedi client with decent scripting capabilities could provide hooks to customise which posts get to be displayed, or when notifications should be displayed and how.

@fribbledom That's health. I'd like a how to for this.

@fribbledom I usually have my mail client closed, and check it three times a day: in the morning, when I get back from lunch and in the evening. Helps me focusing and getting things done. If something is urgent, workmates know other ways to contact me.

In general, I'm really conservative when it comes to notifications. Only enabling the absolute necessary ones reduced stress and also helped me fighting my FOMO.

@fribbledom If I get 2 notifications on Masto it's a busy day

@fribbledom That contrasts with a panicked 7.00am phone call I once got, from a colleague. "I've been at the airport an hour and I've not had any email. Can you check the system?"
My considered response: "Get a life!"

@fribbledom How about just not having any notifications for any of this sort of stuff? I check my email and look at Mastodon when I feel like it.

The only notification I have on my desktop at the moment is: {"fridge/temperature": {"timestamp": "2020-10-23T09:51:10.93Z", "state": "alert", "message": "A bit chilly (0.5 °C ≤ t ≤ 1.0 °C)"}} but that's because I have a pint of milk from the freezer in there defrosting.

@fribbledom I used to shut down my mail server during the night as that was when most spam (and server hack attempts) was arriving at that time! Ok so I get very few messages and have better spam filtering (and access blocking) in place now but just found that a good immediate solution at the time!

I’m one of those who disables notifications on most apps, especially email and social media. I want to check things on my schedule and my terms, not be constantly distracted.

@dallin @fribbledom I am in the same boat as Dallin. I don't even have work email notifications turned on at work, not even the systray icon.

On the phone, the things that can make a banner or a sound are very limited, like phone calls and chat programs.

It helps me focus on one thing longer, think my own thoughts, and be more present. It's not an overnight thing if you make the change. Your brain muscle has to get used to endurance rather than context switching.

@fribbledom ime using an alternative android ROM without google play services is a very good way to have this experience. Except for those pesky foss apps that handle this correctly.

@muesli I let Sieve filter all incoming mail, and drop all those notifications nicely into their own folders. The frequent types even get marked as "read" automatically, so I'll have to actively open their folder to see if there's anything new.

Downside of that is, of course, that sooner of later you forget to check a folder for a while...

@fribbledom I tried setting my computer's mail client to only check every 15 minutes and it seems like my Gmail account just barrels right through that. There's probably some way to fix that but I just haven't got the energy to try.

Really liked how mailing lists would let you get every post, or a once-a-day digest, or one-a-day-plus-extras for the very busiest days.

@fribbledom I ended up disabling notifications of all apps I really don't care (e.g: shopping, games, even mail). If I really care about something, I setup a reminder which will notify me to go check instead.

Screen time has decreased considerably and I feel much better now. Hard to fight at first, but worth it.

@fribbledom Android 11 categorizes notifications differently I believe. I think you can set some apps as "silent" notifications you'll only see when you pull the shade down.

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