Reduce push-notifications with saving clients as VIPs in Outlook

Your time is valuable in both your professional and personal life. You probably know too well the scenario of being concentrated on an important work task and getting distracted again and again by a “ping” when receiving a new email notification. Even more annoying is that most of these emails are advertisements or newsletters.

One important step to master  threatening email chaos and to stay organised is to reduce your push-notifications. They are constant disruption factors and remove us from our zone of concentration. However, some contacts necessitate prompt responses, particularly if you work in sales, for example. You can find many articles on the Lookeen blog that help you to stay organised and thus time efficient. For example, the articles discussing the Inbox zero method Part 1 & 2. In this article you can learn how to save important customers as so-called VIPs or set certain rules to be able to apply directly to them, while not being disturbed by unimportant emails such as unnecessary advertisements.


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How to save a client as a VIP

The VIP feature helps you to prioritise messages of important clients and moreover of a potential partner, friends, or boss. All contacts you want to get a notification from in order to respond immediately can be saved as a VIP, while unimportant ones can be turned off.


Step 1: Open your Outlook and tap on an email of the sender you want to save as a VIP.

Step 2: Click on the contact’s name of the last email they sent, and a pop-up window will appear.

Step 3: Move the pointer next to the person’s name in the email header, then click the star that appears.

To see your VIPs in Outlook, go to the sidebar in Outlook and click on VIPs or Favourites. Here, you can select someone in order to see  the emails of  that particular VIP.

Turn off Notifications 

Step 1: Now that your VIPs are set, go to “Settings” and select “Notifications” to control your alerts.


Step 2: You now have the option to set them up so that notifications will only be shown for your VIPs.


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With creating the VIP list, you can focus on important contacts and clients while avoiding getting disrupted by non-essential notifications. You can also modify your favourites by deleting and adding new ones to the list, depending on your current needs.


Staying organised with your email account can improve your daily life a lot. On the Lookeen blog, it is all about being time efficient and improving your professional and private life. Feel free to leave any questions in the comment section.


What are your personal tips to stay organised with your emails?


See you soon!

Aline & the Lookeen team


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