If you’ve never deferred (or “snoozed”) an email, trust me when I say that your workflow is missing a crucial element. It is one of my favorite things about SaneBox and is also one of the reasons there was such a backlash when Dropbox announced its plan to close Mailbox. By snoozing emails until they’re actionable, you not only remove distractions from your inbox so you can remain focused, but you also make sure that important items appear exactly when you need them.
“I’ve been fighting a losing battle against my inbox for 4 or 5 years…I was having serious problems with losing urgent emails. I was just lost in all the clutter.”
Emily spends her days encouraging space enthusiasts to explore the final frontier. But somehow she kept getting lost in the outer limits of her inbox.
As the senior editor and planetary evangelist for the Planetary Society—a nonprofit organization dedicated to space research and exploration—Emily blogs about everything from drilling on Mars to the moons that orbit Pluto. She also writes about space science for Sky & Telescope Magazine. From the latest planetary news to emails from her nonprofit’s membership base, she’s got a lot to keep track of.
Staring into the vastness of space? Fascinating. Staring into her inbox? Terrifying.
From how we process incoming messages to how we organize them, we all tackle email differently. This means that many features of an email tool like SaneBox can be used in varying ways. With that in mind, we decided to crowd source ideas from the SaneBox gang and bring you our favorite ways to use SaneReminders. When you finish reading them, please be sure to share your favorites in the comments below!
SaneReminders: Use your email to remember everything
The world needs more champions like Devin D. Thorpe.
An author, speaker and blogger for social good, Devin has big goals for humanity. But between speaking engagements around the world, helping nonprofits tap into crowdfunding and writing about social entrepreneurship for Forbes, it’s tricky finding time for his magnum opus: a book on how to solve the world’s biggest problems by 2045.
Before solving the world’s problems, it turns out, he first needed to solve one of his own. A daily barrage of more than 300 emails was keeping him chained to his inbox, unable to move forward on his world-changing projects.
“I found myself just constantly in my inbox, and I panicked when I wasn’t.”
We’re excited today to bring our latest feature out of beta and share it with all SaneBox users, free, no matter what your plan is.
Considering the fact that the average person sends and receives 122 business emails per day, it’s easy to understand why recipients sometimes miss emails and why senders forget to follow up if there was no response. In fact, we recently analyzed our internal data and found that just 6 to 7% of the emails our users send receive a reply. To combat this issue, we created SaneNoReplies, a bulletproof follow-up tool that ensures important threads don’t fall through the cracks.
Kelly Sue DeConnick conjures up heroes and villains every day. So when her inbox grew out of control and threatened to overtake her sanity, she knew she needed a hero.
A comic book and television writer living in Portland, Ore., Kelly was drowning in emails about her various projects—including comics such as Captain Marvel, Bitch Planet and Pretty Deadly. The relentless stream made her feel, to borrow a metaphor from writer Merlin Mann, like she was living in a rainstorm.
“It’s constant, there’s nothing you can do to stop it, and you cannot catch all the raindrops,” she said. “I just get so much mail, I absolutely cannot keep up with it.”
In addition to her work as a creative professional, Kelly Sue juggles being both a mom and the wife of a fellow comic book writer. With so much to do, she had trouble getting through her legitimate emails each day, much less the low-priority and junk messages. (The garbage does tend to pile up when you’re an early internet adopter who’s had the same easy-to-remember email address for years.)
“SaneBox is a really nifty tool. I think it’s one of the best things that happened to email in the last decade,” Vaibhav Mathur, Product Manager, Ampush
As a leading and rapidly growing in-feed social media advertising company, Ampush sprouted from 20 employees to over 100 in just two short years. This was a great accomplishment, to be sure, but with rapid success came new challenges, one of which was communication.