A couple of months ago I noticed my notifications were overrunning my phone and impacting my productivity. I would open up an app if a store announced a sale. I would get distracted when a new notification popped up. I would click on my email every time that little red number appeared in the corner.
Turns out it is a common problem. According to Harvard Business Review:
After a notification has forced us to switch between tasks, it can take us about 23 minutes to get back to the task at hand, according to a study from University of California, Irvine.
Recent estimates find that while each task switch might waste only 1/10th of a second, it can add up to a 40% productivity loss if you do lots of switching in a day.
You can view the full article - https://hbr.org/2019/03/stop-letting-push-notifications-ruin-your-productivity
After some internet research and consulting with my IT expert/son, I came up with a plan. Below is what I did to clean up my phone:
I turned off notifications for the apps that are bothered me
I kept notifications on only for selective apps such as airlines, health and calendar
For the apps where I kept notifications, I considered turning off the sound and/or the badges
I organized my phone in file folders so I have my apps organized by category on one page
Now I do no accept notifications when I downloading a new app
You can also temporary turn off notifications as well as turn everything off at once. Below are links to how-to videos for iphone and android. Good luck!