September 28, 2015

iPhone’s Do Not Disturb Sign

Put Up the Do Not Disturb Sign on Your iPhone

Stress reduction strategies are important in all of our lives as the scientific literature has shown us stress negatively impacts our health and wellbeing increasing the likelihood that we will develop diabetes, heart disease, sleep disturbances, and yes, cancer too.

I want to share another little known and underutilized feature of the iPhone: the Do Not Disturb sign.

The Do Not Disturb feature allows you to schedule hours of each day when no one can reach you, only your favorites can reach you, or a less than 3 minute repeat caller can reach you.

Follow the steps below to activate this feature.

1) Go into Settings

2) Touch the Do Not Disturb Icon {Crescent Moon}


3) Select Scheduled, then set your time window and identify those whose calls can break through during those hours {everyone, no one, favorites, or groups you have identified}

4) Set the silence function

You can see from my screen shots that my Do Not Disturb sign goes up at 10pm each night and stays up until 8am each morning.

When the Do Not Disturb sign is up, you will see the crescent moon in the uppermost right hand corner of your phone where you see your charge %.


Finally, you can manually activate this feature whenever you choose by swiping up on your home screen and touching the crescent moon.

I often do this when I get in the car so that I don’t hear my text alerts while driving. This eliminates the temptation of glancing at my phone because we all know: it CAN wait!


This is just one way to reduce the stress caused by our hyper-connected, 24/7/365 culture.



PS I also don’t allow myself to get “pushed” around; I have turned off all push notifications with the exception of Amber alerts.

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