Finding a Balance with Email Notifications

Eric Priceman is President of Victory. In his almost three decades in the awards and engraving industry, he has traveled extensively, both domestically and internationally, visiting customers and suppliers. He is happy to share his unique perspectives of the industry, both past and present. Please feel free to contact Eric by email at ericp@buyvictory.com or by phone at 773-637-7777 ext. 228.

A problem fighting balance is modern technology and the fact that it becomes too easy to always be “connected.” As a result of the internet, the world moves at a much faster pace. But does it have to? Do we really need to see every email or notification on social media the minute it comes in? One change I made in my life is to eliminate all email notifications on my mobile device.

I used to receive a beep or vibration every time I received an email. Of course, when this happened, I felt compelled to look at it, and it became an unnecessary habit.

Now I still carry a cellular device, and yes, I look at my emails, but just not as frequently as I used to. By turning off any sounds associated with the receipt of emails, it has lessened my dependence on my device to the extent that I no longer feel compelled to answer every single email immediately, and find myself looking at emails in bunches during allotted times. I find that no less gets done, and I can spend time with family or in outside interests uninterrupted.

—Eric Priceman, Victory