For a while now I’ve been using ifttt and Pushover to cut down the number of notifications I receive on my phone. Email was the worst. I’d receive emails from friends and family interspersed with promotional emails. I wanted to be notified of the stuff from family and friends immediately. While I do like to read the promotional stuff (mostly about electronics parts and kits), it could wait.
I use gmail and already make extensive use of its filters to assign labels like “Friends” and “Family” to incoming email. Ifttt allows one to craft a recipe to send a Pushover notification when gmail receives a new email matching a label. It’s really easy to do and works very reliably. Once these recipes were created and tested, I disabled standard gmail notifications on my phone.
The number of interruptions was dramatically cut down, saving me from a whole lot of unnecessary distraction.
But there was one snag.