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Notify Me Not: declutters your email inbox, keeps you focused

Worry about what really matters in your email inbox and cut out the distractions to focus on business and real emails from real people, all with the help of this free tool.

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Up your productivity when you dump distractions

If there’s one thing you don’t need during your work day, it’s unnecessary distractions. Think of how many email notifications you get each day, or even each hour. You may get notifications for Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+, Groupon, retailers, and restaurants, to name just a few.

While there are good and useful notifications to receive, you don’t necessarily need to know the very second it happens, like being connected with someone from LinkedIn or someone posting a spam message on your YouTube video from five years ago. Yes, these messages can distract you and waste your time, but do you really have the time or wherewithal to log in to every account, search through, and update your notification preferences? Chances are you don’t, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t an easier way.

Enter Notify Me Not

Notify Me Not will take you through the step-by-step process of setting up your accounts so your inbox isn’t inundated with messages. But Notify Me Not makes it even easier – you just pick which websites from which you receive the most notifications, and they will give you a link to the right page and an explanation of what to do exactly once you reach that page. It’s pretty simple.

Notify Me Not’s main goal is to reserve your inbox for what’s really important – “real messages from real people.” The secondary goal is to help you retain and increase productivity, no matter if you receive notifications straight to your phone or only when you log in to your email. By simply taking out these unnecessary distractions during the day, you can apply that saved time to finishing a project early or reaching out to a few more potential clients.

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Notifications serve their purpose, but you most likely don’t need to be told whenever anything happens. A good rule of thumb is that if you don’t usually open certain types of messages, like when someone has favorite your company’s tweet, you can get rid of that. After all, you’ll be able to see whatever activity you want once you log in to your respective account. Take back your time and attention, but, most importantly, take back your inbox.

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The American Genius Staff Writer: Charlene Jimenez earned her Master's Degree in Arts and Culture with a Creative Writing concentration from the University of Denver after earning her Bachelor's Degree in English from Brigham Young University in Idaho. Jimenez's column is dedicated to business and technology tips, trends and best practices for entrepreneurs and small business professionals.

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