Windows 11 has brought several exciting changes. Surprisingly, some of these changes are aimed at increasing our productivity levels, be it the center-aligned taskbar or the handy gestures. Another new shift focused on productivity is focus sessions. As the name suggests, this simple feature is designed to increase your productivity by helping you focus on the task at hand.
It's easy to set up and the best part is that you can also play Spotify music while doing the task at hand. And yes, you can also define the tasks. Sounds interesting right?
In this post, we will see how to enable and use Focus Session to increase your productivity.
Let's go, okay?
What are Windows 11 Focus Sessions?
As noted above, Focus Session is designed to help you focus more on the job at hand. Its function is similar to the Time Lock Mechanism , where you lock a certain amount of time in your day for a particular task.
While previously Windows users had to rely on third-party apps or Chrome extensions, this time users like us can access it directly from the Clock app.
Naturally, you will need to log in to access all features. However, it is not required. For now, Focus Sessions integrates Microsoft To-Do and Spotify.
You can see your daily progress and streaks with Focus Sessions. Streaks are the number of times you have successfully completed a session. At the same time, you can also set a daily goal for yourself. For now, Microsoft has set a goal of 1 hour.
Focus sessions can be found in the Clock app. Just open the start menu and search for Clock.
How to start a task
If this is your first time accessing Focus Sessions, you may need to sign in so that the application can pull your tasks from Microsoft To-Do.
Once that's done, all you need to do is tap on the Start Focus Session button and start the timer. Focus Sessions come with the option to add a break in the middle. By default, the pause is five minutes and you can change it in Settings (more on that later).
Step 1 : To start the task, hover over the Task and click the Select for session button.
Step 2 : Modify the timer according to your requirements and log in. That's it.
Once the timer is complete (or you have stopped it manually), the time for that particular task will be displayed. And well, this is a great advantage. In this way, it will help you measure the amount of time it takes to complete (or partially complete) a job so that you can more easily calculate the time required for future sessions.
Again, keep in mind that linking Microsoft To-Do is not required. If you just want to take the time while you work on a task, you can add a new standalone Task. To do so, click on the three-dot button as shown in the screenshot below and add the details.
Manage notifications and eliminate distractions
However, no clock or timer will be able to help you be productive if you are continually distracted by a barrage of notifications.
To dim notifications, click Settings in the left pane and select Change notification settings.
This action will open Windows notification and focus assist.
While Notification displays a larger image, you can actually customize all of your system's notification settings using Focus Assist. You can set automatic rules based on time. Or you can select the names of the allowed applications.
Again, it is important to note that Focus Assist will not automatically activate when you start a focus session. It just opens the door for better notification management.
The idea is to tailor it accordingly so that you have minimal distractions when you work.
Customize focus session settings
While there aren't many, you can customize some of the focus session settings based on your choice.
For example, you can define the default focus period and rest period through settings.
Other than that, there are other minor changes like changing the tones of the session.
If you prefer to listen to music from your smartphones, you can deselect the Spotify tile here.
Keep the clock ticking
At the moment, focus sessions provide a good way to natively lock time. It allows you to add separate tasks and allows you to extract tasks from Microsoft To-Do directly. And hey, the Spotify integration sounds interesting too.
However, to focus on the task at hand, you will need to eliminate all unnecessary distractions. And at the same time, configure Focus Assist and Focus Sessions. Hopefully Microsoft will add a native way to change notifications soon.
The entry How to enable and use focus sessions in Windows 11 was first published in TecnoTuto .