I know for many of us, there are not enough hours in the day to deal with everything we want to do. On the outside, we radiate #girlboss, but it can be a struggle to keep up with everything we have going on. Personally, between my job, yoga, my blog and doing everything I can to help my
child husband get through medical school – I could use a life assistant! Especially when it comes to all the emails I get for each of these areas of my life.
However, if you’re like me and are saddled with those oh so lovely student loans and other realities, hiring someone to help you out isn’t really feasible. BUT, I’ve discovered four epic email tricks that will be like having your own virtual assistant, but for much less!
- Background: Have you ever looked at a text message, meant to respond and then forgotten about it? Have you ever done that with an email as well? If you answered yes to both questions (and I am SO raising my hand on this one), then Gmail’s snooze feature is your new best friend.
- Recommended by: Fast Company (a magazine and website that focuses on business, tech and design)
- What It Does:
- Allows you, after you open an email message, to hit a “snooze” button.
- Then select when you want to hear from this email again (minutes, hours or days later)
- When that self-selected “snooze” ends, there will be a reminder that you need to deal with that original email.
- Cost: Free!
- Email Providers It Works With: Gmail Only 🙁 // You can download here
- Background: Great email, wrong time to send it? (i.e. I want to wait and send it first thing the next morning, to make sure someone looks at it or I don’t want my bosses to know I was working late into the night or on the weekends)
- What it Does: You can compose an email whenever you want and set it in the app to send it out at a later date.
- It also allows you to get a reminder after a certain period of time if there is no response to the email you sent.
- Cost: Unlimited plans for Gmail start at 4.99 a month or a onetime $29.95 fee for Outlook
- Background: My problem in my job is that I need to follow up with people to make sure things are going as planned. Previously, I was putting items in my Google Calendar that would pop up and remind me. A better solution? Followup.cc
- What It Does: BCC yourself the day or length of time you want a reminder to pop up for that email.
- EX: You can email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want a reminder in two days or you could say email@example.com if you want the reminder on Monday.
- BONUS? If you want the email to pop up to a group of people as a reminder to them as well as yourself about a meeting or other important event, you can do the same thing, just include the email in the CC field (instead of BCC).
- Cost: Plans start at $4 a month for up to 25 reminders (and go up from there).
- Email Providers: All! Download here.
- Background: I often make a note on a piece of paper, and then often lose that paper or am somewhere else later on, without access to it. This app solves all of that!
- Recommended by: The Muse (a career website that is AWESOME)
- What It Does: For this inbox (and sanity) saver, you can add notes and tags to all your email messages.
- Cost: Free!
- Email Providers: Gmail only 🙁 // You can download here
I hope all of these apps help add some organization to your life and streamline your workload so you can focus on the things that matter. Let me know if I’m missing any awesome apps in the comments below or if you’ve tried these apps, let me know your thoughts! (And just as an FYI, I’m not getting any kind of kickbacks or compensation for supporting these apps – I just really think they are that good!)