Notifications that are seen and heard recurrently on the screen are a great enemy for concentration. Therefore, to be able to combat distractions and improve productivity, it is key to deactivate notifications, at least during certain periods of time.
It is true that in a hyper-connected world that demands immediacy, this can be a real challenge, but the key is to establish small windows of time in which only one thing will be done at a time and distractions will be silenced.
The first step, then, is to establish the tasks that you want to carry out during the day and give each one a space of time, according to what you demand and your priority. It is important when making this scheme, allocate time to answer chat messages and emails. Let this be an activity in itself to which a specific space will be granted.
Once this is done, it will be necessary to see how long the moment of silence will last to carry out the tasks that require greater concentration: it can be an hour, 40 minutes or whatever is necessary. It is best to start small. And now yes, the technical part arrives: how to silence the interruptions that arrive at the computer?
Concentration Assistant in Windows 10, also known as Do Not Disturb in older versions of the operating system, lets you avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused. This option can be configured to activate automatically in certain circumstances, or it can be activated or deactivated manually.
How to activate it
Enter “Concentration Assistant” in the search engine located in the lower left margin. Doing so will enter the configuration menu of this tool.
There you will see different options. It is possible to configure it to not see any notifications or only those that are within the Priorities list, which can be edited according to the user’s needs. In turn, automatic activation can be established in a certain time slot.
It should be noted that once the concentration mode is finished, the user will be able to see a summary of what happened while this tool was activated.
In the case of Mac, the equivalent is Do Not Disturb. When this option is enabled, the user will not see or hear the notifications but they will be collected in the notification center so that they can review them later.
How to activate it
In the Mac menu bar, click on Control Center and there on the “Do Not Disturb” icon. That way it remains activated until it is disabled. It is also possible to set a specific time range such as one or two hours, for example.
Do not disturb can also be activated by holding down the Option key while clicking the date and time in the menu bar, or by pressing the “Do not disturb” key, if available in the row of function keys on the keyboard. .
What about cell phones? The same slogan applies to mobile phones as for laptops and desktops: silence notifications. So much Android What iPhone They have the Do Not Disturb option that allows you to deactivate incoming notifications and only allows you to receive calls, to avoid missing out on any real urgency.