Keep Outlook quiet during a pomodoro

At the moment I’m using the excellent¬†Pomodoro¬†application on my Mac for tracking all my pomodoros during the day. While it already supports changing your Adium/Skype status to DND with a custom message during a pomodoro I also wanted to suppress Outlook “new mail” notifications.

Fortunately Pomodoro supports executing AppleScript scripts for certain events so I used the following snippets to enable/disable these Outlook notifications:

Disable on start/resume:

tell application "Microsoft Outlook"
  set display alerts to false
  set play sound on new message to false
end tell

Enable on end/reset:

tell application "Microsoft Outlook"
  set display alerts to true
  set play sound on new message to true
end tell

It’s working great so far.

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