If you want to be productive, there’s one simple thing you can do:
Disable all notifications right now.
Notifications can be really distracting and break your workflow. And while you might be thinking that’s not the case, just try it for a day or two and you’ll realise.
Unless you are in a job where listening to each and every notification is very important, drop them off.
But that will mean that you won’t be getting to know when you get a mail or tweet. Here’s a good balance, turn off the ringing/vibrating for push notifications but allow apps to display a badge for notifications (iOS).
Here’s how to do this:
- Go to Settings → Notifications.
- Select the app.
- Turn Notification Center off.
- Set alert style to “None”.
- Turn everything off except “Badge App Icon”.
This will ensure that your phone never interrupts you. However, you can take a look for anything new when you’re free.
I’ve been doing this for a week now and it greatly increases the productivity.