SSMT #111: Reclaim Your Workday: How to Eliminate Email Distractions

SSMT #111: Reclaim Your Workday: How to Eliminate Email Distractions

By Tom Lambotte | September 14, 2023

Attorneys, just picture this: if I told you that achieving more in your workday and still leaving the office earlier was within reach. How’s that for a legal loophole? 🎩✨

Unfortunately, this seems impossible when you’re dedicating over 3 hours daily to sift through irrelevant emails, a common issue among professionals.

This idea is explored in a book I’ve been reading, “Indistractable: How to Control Your Attention and Choose Your Life” by Nir Eyal.

Reclaiming Your Day from Email Overload:

While notifications can be useful, they often become an uncontrolled, continuous source of disturbance. Email alerts are cleverly crafted to prompt you to read new messages, akin to Pavlov’s Dog experiment.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to free yourself from this relentless distraction:

  1. Navigate to ‘System Settings.’
  2. Select ‘Notifications.’
  3. Browse the menu on the right side of the window.
  4. Choose Microsoft Outlook or Mail (based on your work email client).
  5. Click the’ none’ box on the menu’s right side.
  6. Deselect all notifications.

Email is vital, but that doesn’t mean it should constantly disrupt you.

By turning off the primary source of interruptions in your day, you’ll accomplish much more in less time.

By adhering to this guidance and our other Stupid Simple Mac Tips, you can keep your workdays efficient, focused, and reasonably brief.

  • September 14, 2023

About the Author

Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.