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Save Time and Be More Productive with SaneBox’s @SaneRemindMe

2013 June 4
tags: Effectiveness, Email, Inbox, Productivity, SaneBox, Time Management, Tuesday Tips
by Andrew   

effective emailIs your inbox filling up with email you intend to get back to, only to find it’s being buried by new mail?  Are you using your inbox to keep yourself reminded of email to which you need to send a reply, only to find you aren’t getting back to it as quickly as you’d like?

I found that happened to me all too often in the past, and I’ve had more than a few friends and acquaintances with the same challenge.

Read on, because I have an easy solution for you…

I’ve previously written about the virtues of SaneBox, a great – and very affordable – email management tool that integrates with many different providers to save you the hassle of an inbox full of email of varying importance, as well as avoiding the hassle of writing a bunch of your own mail filter rules to do that for you.  You can read the post about SaneBox here.  It describes SaneBox in greater detail and explores a few of the great features it has, including how to use them (it works great “out of the box”).

In this post, however, I’m presuming you’re either already using SaneBox to some degree or that you’re interested specifically in addressing the challenges discussed at the beginning.

Even when SaneBox is working for you all day long to keep your inbox clear of all but the most important mail, you’ll still end up with an inbox full of mail if you’re using the inbox to keep track of things that need replies.  If you only get a tiny bit of mail, that probably isn’t a problem and you probably don’t need SaneBox anyway.  For the rest of us, the inbox fills up quickly if we don’t file or delete mail, and filing it in another folder means you have to check that folder to get reminded of things you put there.

Enter SaneBox, again, to save the day.  You can do several great things with @SaneRemindMe, which is the default folder name SaneBox uses to remind you about emails:

  • Get reminded if you haven’t received a reply from someone by a certain date
  • Defer dealing with a particular email, or responding to an offer it contains, until a later date

You can do both of those with @SaneRemindMe, and it will keep your inbox from being cluttered.  To do the first one, you simply BCC an email you send someone.  The intended recipient goes in TO and BCC gets an address like tomorrow@sanebox.com or friday+10am@sanebox.com.  The options you can choose for when to get the reminder are incredibly flexible, and SaneBox does a really good job of figuring out what you meant about the reminder.  The second way is equally easy, you just forward an email to the reminder address rather than putting it in CC or BCC.  You can read more about the various options for @SaneRemindMe here.

You can sign up for SaneBox here (affiliate) and save $5, or directly at sanebox.com.

 

Take care, and enjoy life,

Andrew

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