Computer or mobile device users that try focusing on a single task often become distracted or interrupted by other applications, notifications or tasks. Also, users may distract themselves while working on a project by thinking about a task from another project. When users are distracted or interrupted, they switch context from one task to another, which may impact the quality of the tasks they are trying to complete and also increases the time needed for task completion.
The described techniques provide a task-focused user interface that, with express user permission and consent, temporarily restricts the user to a single task or application and limits the use of other applications and mutes notifications. With user consent and permission, when this task-focused user interface is enabled for a period of predetermined time, applications and notifications that are unrelated to the task are muted, meaning they will not be accessible, appear, or be delivered.
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Farrar, Christopher, "Task-focused user interface", Technical Disclosure Commons, (December 06, 2017)