Do your pop-up appointment (and other) reminders interrupt you constantly? Do you “snooze” your hundreds of alerts without a glance? If so, your alarms no longer alarm you. You can make them useful again, though. The secret is selectivity: the fewer the reminders, the more effective each is. This week’s Casey’s eTip: Keep Your Alarms Alarming!
- Turn off your email alerts. You will never forget to check your inbox so why allow yourself to be pulled out of focus every few minutes?
- Set deadlines or follow-up reminders only when you have hard deadlines, not wishful ones.
- Consult your calendar and to-do list frequenty. That way, YOU control when you get reminded, rather than some artitrary noise that distracts you.
- Clear the reminders that do pop up as soon as do the task is done or the meeting occurs. That way you only see what you need to see.