You Decide When – E-mail Interruptus

May 11, 2006

Do you mute your cell and land line phone when you need to focus and gain some quality time for substantial work? Do you close your office door, tell your assistant you’d like not to be interrupted?

What about your e-mail? E-mail can be a considerable interruption if you let it. Do you truly need a new e-mail alert popping up or sounding off during those precious times of concentration? No you don’t, and you can turn off those alerts and never look back!

If you use Outlook 2003, here’s how …

  1. From the Tools menu, choose Options.
  2. From the Preferences tab, click E-mail Options.
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  3. Click Advanced E-mail Options. [We’re almost there!]
  4. In the section named When new items appear in my Inbox turn off all the choices.
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  5. Click OK all the way back out!

No longer will you be interrupted by that zombie-like Outlook new mail chime. And I have every faith you will remember to check your e-mail when you desire!

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