Productive people turn off email and other notifications

| March 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

smartphone-computerIn the first of this series, we introduced some of the challenges that being disorganized can bring to business owners, professionals and people in their everyday lives. We’re going to go through some tips that will help you reclaim your focus and the time that disorganization is stealing from you.

Do you have a smartphone?

Smartphones are a blessing and a curse for productivity. The number of notifications that can be set is staggering and is also the biggest enemy to your focus. So what’s the answer?

Turn them off!

According to the Mobile Mindset Study conducted last year by Lookout (a security app), “our thoughts, emotions and behavior are impacted by smartphones.”

Imagine what this does to your focus and productivity. Consider some of the statistics from the study:

  • Nearly 60% said they don’t go an hour without checking their phone.
  • 54% said they check their phones while lying in bed.
  • 30% admitted that they check their phones during a meal with others.
  • 73% say they felt panicked when they lost their phone.

Reducing notifications and organizing how you receive them can have an incredible impact on your daily life and ability to focus. An added bonus is that turning off notifications on your smartphones can work wonders on its battery life.

How about that computer?

Smartphones aren’t the only culprit by any stretch. You can get just as many notifications on your laptop, iPad and desktop now from email clients, Facebook, Twitter, and many other apps that are demanding your attention. If you aren’t willing to turn off all those desktop notifications, there are other ways to regain your focus.

Freedom is an app that locks you out of the Internet for a predetermined period of time, up to 8 hours.

There are many other productivity apps that will help you block out those notifications and help remind you to take a break, because as your focus improves, you might start needing break reminders.

It might seem silly to need apps to assist with focus and breaks, but as we are bombarded with more and more information, it’s important to recognize your limitations and take steps to address them in a way that works for you.

Don’t forget to implement these tips on your tablet, if you have one, as well!

What steps will you take this week to reduce notification clutter?

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