ADT 26 – Take Back Your Time, Turn Off Notifications

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We are all under siege! Our attention is being pushed and pulled in all directions every minute of the day. he biggest culprit? Notifications. Our desktops, smartphones tablets etc… Of course we strive to find ways to increase our productivity here at

One of the biggest culprits?


Our desktops, smartphones tablets etc… we strive to find ways to increase our productivity here at Dottotech. One of the biggest challenges for staying focused is not being distracted by a notification from an app, email or anything else.

How to reduce the visual clutter or notifications on your PC, Mac, IPhone and Andriod devices.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s great to be able to stay up to date on all things happening. But, there comes a time where too many notifications becomes counterproductive. And as a productivity resource we figured addressing notifications would be a great place to start. For those that use a Mac turn those nagging notices off. FIrst go to your System Preferences. There you will find the Notifications icon. Under notifications it will list all of your apps. Now most of the trouble comes from a few common apps. Facebook, we love you but it can create a lot of problems when it comes to distractions.

So in the Notifications you can set preferences for each app. You can turn them off completely, allow certain types of notifications, or allow all types. It’s important to mention that Mac does offer a Do Not Disturb setting that you can customize based on certain types of the day where it will turn off notices during that time period. Kind of an easy “one stop” notification blocker. But if you are a bit more specific on which apps you want to notify you then refer to the list of each app on the left side column.

IPhone users can follow a similar path to change these setting on their phone. In Settings there is a Notifications tab. Click on that and it will list all your apps that are authorized for notifications. An easy way to solve this issue ahead of time is when you first install the app it will ask you if you want to allow notifications. JUST SAY NO! However, if you don’t feel the power to confront the app at that time you can always change the notification setting later.

Windows users can access their notifications by clicking on Settings. Then go to Systems. There you will find  Notifications and Actions. From there it will list all applications that are set for notifications. You can adjust the settings there.

On Andriod devices start by swiping down to access your Settings. Click Sounds and Notifications. Basically the settings all follow the same structure. Once you access the list of apps you can pick and choose which ones you want to continue to allow to notify you regularly.

So, if you’re looking to find a way to stay on task I would consider adjusting your notification settings on all your devices. The “shiny object we all seem to gravitate toward only gets us further behind schedule. In an era of notifications, alerts and icons. Do yourself a favor and reduce the noise, modify your settings and enjoy a little more peace in your day.

Until next time, have fun stormin’ the castle…

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