How to Display Tasks (or Any Other Preferred Folder) “on Startup” in Microsoft Outlook
When you install Microsoft Outlook right out of the box, the program nearly always is set up to display your Inbox on start-up. So it’s tempting to begin there every morning. But as you know, starting with your Inbox almost compels you to focus on the emails you haven’t seen yet, or the ones with an approaching deadline. This frequently-bogus “sense of urgency” can bog you down and start your day off with a feeling of overwhelm and frustration.
Relax. Those emails will be there when you get back to them later in the day. They aren’t going anywhere.
I strongly recommend that you tell Outlook to take you to a place that’s less daunting and measurably more serene, so that your day doesn’t feel as though it’s running away with you before you’ve even settled into your chair. By doing this, your renewed sense of control will keep your stress levels low, your heart beating at a more normal rate, and your job satisfaction will escalate. It feels great to know you’re sailing your own ship.
Open Outlook with the Tasks Folder Displayed in Seven Simple Steps
From the Main Menu:
- Select “Tools”
- Select “Options”
- Select “Other”
- Select “Advanced Options”
- Next to the “Startup in this folder” field, select “Browse…”
- Scroll down to the “Tasks” folder, or any other folder you prefer, and select it.
- Click OK three times as the system backs out of the dialog boxes and you’re done!
Now you can enjoy coming to work, getting things on your own Tasks list underway (and actually completing some of them) before you take on the cares and concerns of others. In fact, if you share this set-up idea with co-workers and they adopt the practice, you may find everyone feeling a renewed sense of control and fulfillment, and thanking you for it.
C’mon now. You know that if anything in your inbox were truly time-sensitive, as in “I need this in an hour!” your phone would ring or a colleague or superior would stop by your work station to let you know it. So remember: Email is a convenience, a tool, a way to communicate in a more leisurely manner. It is almost never as IMPORTANT as your other tasks!
I bet you feel better already. Have a productive day!