As I’ve detailed in my book The Off Switch, Microsoft Outlook provides modern ways not just to communicate but to interrupt our work flow and make life harder.
For example, the new-mail sounds and desktop alerts (the blue “toasts” or translucent ghosties that pop up on a new message) may do more harm than good because they interrupt your thought processes.
So turn them off. (Go to Mail Options, which is under Options near the bottom of the File menu.)
People say to me, “But I need to be responsive to clients.”
Yes, you do, but interrupting . . . [more]