Why Disabling Push Notifications = Disabling Distractions

Why Disabling Push Notifications = Disabling Distractions

Range Govindan
Jan 17, 2012

While keeping up to date with push notification on your iOS device can come in handy, it can also result in an extremely disruptive user experience. Sure, there are some instances where push notifications are useful, but since many of us seem to use our iPads for fun instead of work (though increasingly not true), here are a few ways you can leverage push notifications to your benefit, rather than a hindrance...

Several surveys reveal iPad users rely upon the tablet for nearly equal amounts of work vs. play. While there are still work-related tasks that are facilitated with push notifications, whether you're trying to focus upon enjoying a Kindle eBook, carefully digest or respond to an email, or even reading our website here, having a barrage of pop-up notifications doesn't aid in focus. Here's how to turn off push notification to improve the chance of "getting things done".

In order to change which apps can send push notifications, you'll need to enter the 'Push Notifications' menu in the Settings of your iOS device, and selects which apps can use this service.

We practice Inbox Zero, a habit which entails emptying our inbox each and every time we open it up. It's actually counterproductive for us to receive notifications every time we've received new mail, and disabling this notification can prove to be the biggest chance for less interruptions throughout the day.

Since we enjoy tweeting for fun, this is one of the few apps that we've allowed to send up updates, but can still prove to be a culprit for regular interruption, especially if you're Twitter social circle is active. The Twitter app will send you notifications whenever you've received a reply or direct message, whether it's open or not, so turn it off!

When it comes to Facebook, we tend to dash in and dash right back out, knowing the social site can be a black hole when it comes to time management. Thus, we turned off Facebook notifications. However, we understand many users rely upon Facebook as a regular mode for communicating with friends, family, and even coworkers, so keeping Facebook push notification on may prove a necessity. Alternatively, you could set up another networking app for your friends and family, like Path.

Almost all games want to send you updates, but we've disabled them all. While it might sound novel when you first set up your device, it can get annoying quickly, and push notification has yet to prove a necessity for enjoying any game.

This is another app we've permitted to send push notifications. The New York Times app sends us updates whenever there is breaking news, and since updates aren't annoyingly constant, we've determined being occasionally interrupted is balanced our by being informed about relevant news. But when we really want to get things done, we turn this off also.

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