Do Not Disturb

I know we use “Do Not Disturb” in iOS quite a bit, but have you ever used it on your Mac? Let’s face if you are a reasonably active Mac user you have all kinds of interactivity with you Mac going on all the time. There are Emails, Messages, Alarms, Reminders and other stuff as well. However, there may be times when you just need to shut it all out to get some actual work done. That is where the “Do Not Disturb” feature in macOS can be helpful.

Do Not Disturb Overview

You can activate the “Do Not Disturb” feature in macOS manually or you can automate it. To do that you need to go into the Notifications Pref Pane:

Notifications
Notifications

Once you are in that area you will see the “Do Not Disturb” feature in the left column of the window:

Do Not Disturb Window
Do Not Disturb Window

If you select the top item in the left sidebar you can setup “Do Not Disturb” for the whole macOS. You can set “Do Not Disturb” to run automatically for a set time everyday in the first box. Or, if you leave that blank normally, you can go into “Do Not Disturb” and set it up for a couple of hours during the day which fits your workflow:

Specific Settings
Specific Settings

I leave my Mac on all night so I set this up for it not to bother me during the evening sleeping hours. I have unchecked “Allow calls from everyone”, but you can set it up any way you choose.

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