Focus Mode: Eliminate Distractions and Boost Focus On All Your Devices (TPS377)

Apple released a new feature for iOS and macOS called Focus Mode to help you focus and customize your notifications for fewer distractions.

In this episode, we’ll unpack this feature, how we use it and how you can use it to focus and get less distracted. Even if you don’t use an iPhone or Mac, we’ll also cover Windows and Android alternatives.

If you have never heard of Focus mode, we’ll help you get started. Some of you might already use Focus Mode and we’ll give you more advanced tips to get the most out of it

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Cheat Sheet:

Top 3 Productivity Resources [2:15]
What is “Focus Mode”? [4:55]
What are some alternatives to Focus Mode for non-MacOS/iOS users? [8:11]
How should you start using Focus Mode? [10:24]
Which Focus Mode features does Thanh focus on most? [14:07]
Why does Thanh recommend Focus Mode for iPad specifically? [19:37]
What else can you do with Focus Mode besides moderating notifications? [25:26]
How does Thanh recommend using the custom interface features of Focus Mode? [28:35]
What is Brooks’ final tip for using Focus Mode effectively? [31:48]
How does Thanh manage his “Do Not Disturb” mode? [36:16]
Action step to integrate today’s topic into your life [41:31]


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