Do Not Disturb

I may be a little bit late to the party but I have just discovered the ‘Do Not Disturb’ function on my iPhone and it may well have changed my life. You know those times when you don’t want your phone buzzing, even when on silent, or you just want to focus on something and get it done without your phone lighting up every couple of minutes with new notifications? Well, Do Not Disturb is the solution I never even knew I needed.

Do Not Disturb

Do Not Disturb stops your phone from making any noise and stops the screen from lighting up meaning that, although the messages come through you won’t see them until you want to. It lets me focus on writing a blog post, watch a movie or even just cook dinner without my phone wanting my attention constantly. It stops me getting endless Facebook notifications and let’s me just do one thing at a time.

If you haven’t used Do Not Disturb yet then you really need to give it a go. For me, it’s no longer about not having enough hours in the day but about using those hours more effectively and maximising the time I have. I have to limit distractions to let me focus and Do Not Disturb gets rid of the majority of those distractions in the simple press of a button.

Before I started using Do Not Disturb I could never get away from contact – emails, social media, text messages, Whatsapp… I would always be wanted by someone for something from early in the morning until later at night. Now, I can step away and focus on work or the children – even just having an uninterrupted dinner. Do Not Disturb has been a revelation and it has changed my life. Exaggeration? Try it and see.


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. I have DND on a schedule on my phone, from late evening till early morning. I was getting too many messages and emails in the middle of the night and once I’m woken up by a barrage of buzzing I find it very hard to get back to sleep. I also use DND for date nights etc so my favourite numbers can still call/text but I’ll not have too many distractions otherwise… just add whoever is babysitting as a favourite and you are good to go!

  2. Ahh! I use this feature on my phone on a night time…..It’s so handy especially when I want a lie in and I don’t want my phone buzzing and beeping. hehehe x

  3. I used this function when Holly was born and I used to go to bed early. But I completely forgot about it and I can see how useful it would be when you don’t want the distractions. I find the lighting up of the phone the most annoying, as it catches my eye and I just have to look. x

  4. What a great idea. Now if only they could have something that locks you out of your SM apps at certain times. I am terrible at just scrolling through and wasting so much time x

  5. Haha yep I’ve been on constant do not disturb for months now. Texts are allowed through and emails depending on my mood and whether I’m waiting for something important but everything else can wait until I’m ready.

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