Screenshot by @topgold from Lumia.
LIKE MANY PEOPLE I know, I watch little numbers on my touchscreens that represent notifications from networks. Until recently, I would blindly tap and glance when a little bell announced Twitter was pinging.
But too many notifications erode the quality of work because they're as distracting as email toast. To prevent unwanted time sinks, I now tap my phone's battery saver on for most of my work day. The battery-saving step mutes notifications on my Nokia Lumia.
This procedure could be costing me opportunities because I might look disinterested or disengaged to people in my virtual circles. I need to risk those damaged prospects because I'm paid to be productive. And that doesn't mean I need to be at the short end of an otherwise effective notification channel like Twitter.
As an aside, I've reinvested more (uninterrupted) time in reading blog newsfeeds and in making private video clips that respond to student queries and family questions.
[Bernie Goldbach snapped a screenshot of his phone's battery-saving Twitter notification screen.]