Since I can remember I have struggled in my relationship with notifications. I have never liked being distracted from my task at hand, but I also feel the need to be in touch at all times.

On many OS today, the accepted default is to be distracted.

I found ‘Notification Center’ in OSX and iOS to be redundant when it was introduced. I’m usually paying attention, so I was generally confronted with a list of things I had already seen when opening the list view.

Currently, I am running with ‘Notification Center’ turned off on my desktop and minimal notifications running on my phone.

This is not perfectly ideal either. I can only imagine the day will come where we will have to confront notifications more seriously. Are they email? Is there a universal notification service? How do you keep them from being redundant?

I’m excited about that day.