Improving the way you use email is such a great opportunity to make your life easier. You already spend too much time interacting with email everyday, it dictates important aspects of your life, and usually a new email means a new thing you have to do. Today I want you to consider just adding one feature: snooze .
If you are into just blindly trusting my opinions then, well, thanks, and here is an app store link to install Mailbox App right now on your iPhone. It is free, easy, and once you install setup & learning everything takes only about 30 seconds. That said, I know that change is scary, and that every is inundated with new apps they are supposed to try every 10 minutes, so read on for why snoozing is actually worth the (seriously, minimal) effort.
This is pretty simple. When you get a new email it is basically a new todo. Maybe you just have to delete it, read it, or respond to it. Great. If you can do that right away then it is out of your life again and everything is great. But often you don’t know what to say yet, or you need to do something before you can respond, or maybe you need that email later. Now that email just sits and every time you open your inbox you have to look at it, remember that you can’t do anything yet, and add a small worry to your plate. Maybe you will forget about it among all the other emails in there? Oh god. Stress. This is horrible. Don’t do this.
Snoozing is the brilliant and relatively recent solution. In short, it lets you banish that email out of your inbox until you can actually deal with it. Here are some great examples of when it is useful:
- An email comes during work but you want to respond when you get home - snooze until this evening
- You email a friend and want to make sure she responds before Monday night - snooze until next week
- You have concert tickets for a month from now in an email, and want to be sure you don’t forget - snooze to the morning of the concert
- You got a shipping notification but the stupid tracking number isn’t live yet - snooze to a day or two from now, it will be ready by then
- You just, seriously, can’t even deal with this B.S. right now - snooze it for tomorrow morning 
The result is amazing. You no longer are weighing your brain down with a hundred little todos to stress you out every time you think about your email. Don’t worry about it, everything is cool, the app will remember. Even better, it helps make information you need easily available when you need it. Not only will that concert ticket email remind you to go to the concert, but now you won’t have to spend time digging through your email to find the tickets when you need them.
Even better, brilliant people are competing to make this process as simple as possible. How easy? Two button taps. No need to go to another app, make a reminder, or create a calendar invite. All easy things, but this is easier.
Next post will go into detail about two apps that are competing to implement email snooze in the best way possible. If you can’t wait , then grab them both now and dig in. Google Inbox and Mailbox App.
There is yet another new exciting email app coming out this week from Readdle. Spark. Expect it to be new, untested, and potentially brilliant? More on that when it is actually available ↩
You shouldn’t though, that likely means it a newsletter or something you don’t really need. Emails like that are just adding stress to your life. Next post I’ll recommend a free service to help clean those up ↩
Tomorrow is ALWAYS a better time to deal with bullshit ↩
Although, reminders are pretty cool, that is a post for another day ↩
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