For Productivity Tell your Phone to Shut Up
One thing I've done lately is work on getting my productivity up. Here's some things I've done:
1. Remove clutter from my life. That means getting rid of apps I don't really use. I've gone from about 400 apps down to about 80, almost all of which I use at least once a week.
1b. I condensed them all into a single page. That means not flipping back and forth between multiple pages to find an app I need. While I really love the new Android Jelly Bean and Microsoft Metro UIs too, I find they are far more cluttered and make it a lot harder to get to apps. Some among you might argue that widgets are the way to go, but I disagree for productivity reasons. Widgets scream at you news and information and distract you.
2. I turn off most notifications, or, at least, I keep most apps from putting those little numbered bubbles up. Apple calls those things the "Badge App Icon." In any case, on both Android and iOS I've spent a lot of time thinking about what notifications I want to pop up to distract me. Every day I reduce notifications to see if I get more productive and every day I am getting less distracted.
3. I'm trying to reduce how often I look at Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. That's the hardest thing to do, especially if you leave notifications for those things on.
How have you made your mobile phone stop screaming "pay attention to me?" Just so you can get some work done, you know.