unread countAt David’s talk in Austin, he talked about increasing productivity. One thing he mentioned that kills flow: that little unread email count notification in your dock (shown at left).

The solution: In mail.app’s preferences, you can turn it off. Switch it to None and your dock will stop “knocking.”

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Now it’s on you to go check email instead of having that count pushed upon you. A subtle shift, but one that can make a powerful difference.