Disable notifications

S43-E3 - Featuring Lee Matthew Jackson

April 27, 2022

Disable Notifications

Remove distractions and increase productivity

💡 Activity: disable as many non-essential notifications as possible in order to maximise your focus.


Constant interruptions rob us of our productivity and compete for our attention. Trying to get your head back into a task can be difficult. Being able to minimise disruptions can help us focus better and get more done in less time.


Whatever devices distract you, find a way of disabling all but the most important notifications. Here’s how I do it:

  • On your phone
    • Social media
    • Email
    • Messaging
    • Be sure to set whitelists
  • Your computer
    • Communications
    • Email and apps
    • Updates
  • Set specific times to check your communications and to reply
  • Communicate expectations to clients and those you work with so they don’t think you are instantly accessible.


I now have a completely different type of day. One where I can actually schedule less time for key tasks. You’d think that I would want to throw more time into my key tasks right? But what’s happening is I am becoming way more productive in the shorter time I have available.

I’m not being interrupted by any instant messaging at all, I’ve not got email open and I can focus on my work. Therefore, what might have taken me, say, three hours in the past with interruptions, now only takes an hour. The same is for my team. We’ve created a culture where we understand we are not instantly accessible, we’re not going to instantly respond. We will be looking at our communications in due course during the day when we finish whatever it is that we are working on.


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