This is a quick post about the simplest hack I’ve made which has boosted my productivity immensely. Simply turn off all notifications, email notifications and previews, IM Popups, Eclipse Mylyn task notifications, in fact anything which will interrupt your flow. Turn your phone to silent and put it in another room.

These notifications interrupt your flow and demand that they’re dealt with right away. Even if you ignore the notification the damage has been done, your flow has been interrupted and you were forced to make a decision as to whether to respond.

Turning off these notifications means you deal with them when you have the spare mental capacity to deal with it.

So, turn them off.

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