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Disable automatic e-mail checking in Thunderbird 3

Have you guys ever done the math on that? You asked or allowed for 24000 interruptions from literally every human being in the world who could fall onto a keyboard and make an e-mail go to you. (Merlin Mann)

So you decided to put a price on your attention and not check your e-mail 24000 times a year. A first step is to disable automatic e-mail checks in Thunderbird.

  1. Open Edit -> Account settings and select your incoming mail account.
  2. Under Server settings uncheck "Check for new messages on startup" and "Check for new messages every X minutes".
  3. Under Advanced, uncheck "Use IDLE command if the server supports it".

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Henning Koch
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almost 9 years ago
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mail, productivity, interruption
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