Maybe that’s a bit dramatic. But, they are most definitely interrupting your work flow and having a negative impact on your productivity. How negative? According to research done at Kent University, participants took 17% longer to complete a task when interruptions like smartphone notifications and phone calls were introduced.
And I totally get it. My phone and iPad are constantly lighting up throughout the day notifying me of some new message that needs to be dealt with. Each time I come back to the original task, I need a moment or two to reorient myself, collect my thoughts and jump back in. Culminated throughout the day this is a huge time suck.
So, here’s my proposal. Turn off Lock Screen notifications.
Now, you don’t have to do this for every single application. I personally like see when someone has liked a post on Instagram or when there’s a sale happening on Jack Threads. And that’s just it. Maybe I just take crappy pictures, but these types of notifications aren’t happening every five minutes throughout the day. They are intermittent.
Even if you turn lock screen notifications off, you can still be updated on what you’ve missed by leaving banner notifications on. By taking this approach, you gain back control over when you are notified since the notifications are displayed only once you decide to actually pick up and unlock the device.
Your lock screen should be sacred.
Maximizing productivity while minimizing jolting intrusion is something we’ve been thinking about a lot at Birdseye as we work on a notification system of our own. We have a few different ideas that you may or may not (wink wink) see an iteration of soon.
But for now, take a step back, increase your productivity and join me in a Lock Screen Revolution.