How to Turn Off New Email Alerts in Outlook so You Can Focus

In: BlogDate: May 05, 2020By: Claire Lickman

Did you know that when you are interrupted, it takes an average of 5 minutes to get back to the same level of concentration you had before? The worst culprit for interruptions are email notifications. We recommend that you only check your email three times a day, or only after you have completed a task.

In this short video, Nicky explains how you can turn off that distracting email alert in Outlook so you can focus better and be more effective.

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How to Turn Off New Email Alerts in Outlook so You Can Focus


While we all think that we can multi-task, the reality is that we can only focus on one thing at once. One of the biggest interruptions is the 'new email' alert in Outlook. But it can take at least five minutes to find your focus again after being interrupted — so if you receive a lot of emails throughout the day, that can have a huge impact on your productivity.

At Happy, we recommend using the 321zero method — checking your email three times a day for 21 minutes at a time, and getting your inbox down to 0 each time. For those of us who have to keep on top of their inbox as part of their job role, we recommend checking and responding to emails once you have completed a task.

In this short video, Nicky explains how you can turn off the email notifications in Outlook so you can focus and be more effective.

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Claire Lickman

Claire is Head of Marketing at Happy. She has worked at Happy since 2016, and is responsible for Happy's marketing strategy, website, social media and more. Claire first heard about Happy in 2012 when she attended a mix of IT and personal development courses. These courses were life-changing and she has been a fan of Happy ever since. She has a personal blog at

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