As someone who works from home, managing notifications across devices can be a real challenge. It's easy to get pulled in different directions by notifications from social media, email, and messaging apps, making it difficult to stay focused on a task. But over the years, I've found a few ways to manage notifications that have helped me improve my productivity.
The first thing I did was to remove all notifications except for calls, banking apps, and authentication apps. I also removed notifications from work messaging chats on my work laptop. This allows me to focus on my work and check email and messages in different apps whenever I want. I think we already have a habit of checking apps often, so it's not necessary for me to receive push notifications while I'm doing a task that requires concentration.
Not having any push notifications other than calls, bank and auth apps has certainly improved my concentration, lowered my stress, and increased my productivity. I am more focused on my work, and I don't get distracted by notifications that aren't important. This has also helped me to be more efficient with my time, as I'm not constantly checking my phone or computer for notifications.
Another way I manage notifications is by using the "Do Not Disturb" feature on my devices. This feature allows me to silence all notifications for a certain period of time, so I can focus on my work without being interrupted. This is particularly useful when I need to focus on a task that requires a lot of concentration.
Lastly, I try to be mindful of the time when I check my notifications. Instead of checking them constantly throughout the day, I set specific times when I'll check them and respond to any important messages or emails. This helps me to be more productive, as I'm not constantly checking my phone or computer for notifications.
In conclusion, managing notifications across devices can be a real challenge, but by removing unnecessary notifications, using the "Do Not Disturb" feature, and being mindful of the time when I check my notifications, I have been able to improve my productivity and focus on my work without getting distracted. It may take a little bit of effort to set up, but it's worth it in the long run.