Now ‘Do Not Disturb’ means exactly that with Focus Assist

Now ‘Do Not Disturb’ means exactly that with Focus Assist

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When you’re a business owner or manager, you have a lot of responsibilities. There are also many people who want to speak to you throughout your working day.

Unfortunately, that means that you may be interrupted more often than you’d like. And you have to split your focus on things you’d rather give your full attention to.

It can be a big frustration.

Many business owners and managers feel this way. You are not alone!

Windows 10 and 11 have a smart feature called Focus Assist. It’s there to help you get on with the most important things. Focus assist (also called quiet hours in earlier versions of Windows 10) allows you to avoid distracting notifications when you need to stay focused. It’s set by default to activate automatically when you’re duplicating your display, playing a game, or using an app in full screen mode. You can control any or all of these, as well as determining to what level notifications are suppressed.

But if you’ve used its Do Not Disturb feature in the past, you might have noticed it didn’t block all notifications.

Some were still allowed through if they were on a priority list.

That problem’s now being addressed in Windows 11.

In the major update due later this year, Do Not Disturb will mean exactly that.

Nothing will be able to slip through and distract you. No notifications, no icons, nothing.

Instead your alerts will sit in the notification centre ready for when you’ve finished your important task.

Sounds good, right?

To benefit from this, type Focus Assist in the taskbar search box. From there you can select which options you’d like to set, and which notifications – if any – can get through to you.

Just don’t forget to switch it off when you’ve finished your task.

We’ve got a ton of productivity advice like this. If your team needs help to stay focused and get more done, give us a call.

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