Turn off Outlook's email notifications.
Outlook defaults to popup notifications and a sound when you receive new mail. Not only do you see and hear new email arriving, but you get a tiny tantalizing snippet of the email to whet your curiosity. This is endlessly distracting, but for some reason, it never occurred to me to turn it off.
It took a little hunting to locate it, so here are some quick instructions for how to disable this feature in Outlook:
- Go to Tools
- Then click on Options
- In the Preferences tab, click on Email Options
- Click on Advanced Email Options
- Uncheck all the boxes in the section entitled "When new items arrive in my inbox"