Next year, I am going to disable all audio/haptic notifications on my phone, and instead get those notifications on my watch. I’m not sure yet if I will keep any visual notifications; no banners or alerts for sure, but some lock screen notifications may still be useful.
The watch alerts will be subtle taps for important things, and lock screen notifications for everything else. The watch’s use of haptic and notifications allows the gradient to be much more granular, and so allows me to dial down the whole loudness war-like urgency of notifications across the whole spectrum of my digital life.
As mobile devices reach saturation, we have to come up with new strategies for how they break up our focus and shorten our attention span. This is one of the ways in which I’m fighting back.