In my never ending quest for efficient information input and inbox empty I recently changed my habits again. Over the last couple of years I was quite happy with getting email newsletter. They improved quite a lot, most of them are responsive, often they are well written, and offer benefit for me. And thanks to Mailchimp and Campaignmonitor they can be managed a lot better nowadays.
However, one aspect always puzzled me when reading emails, especially when on the go. There is not much you can do with emails in regard to next actions in most emails applications:
But this isn’t everything you want to do with an email. For example:
- Add a link in an email to your reading later list such as Pocket
- Remind you to do something using a to-do app such as Todoist
Gmail on the web has basic support for that and sure you could use IFTTT which requires you to add label an email. Other email services don’t even go that far.
Switching from emails to RSS
Thus, I changed my habits regarding email newsletters. Those newsletters where the information is also available via RSS feed, I’ll add that feed to feedly and then I can add them to Pocket for later reading.
Flow of actions
Pocket and Todoist have been part of my personal daily life for quite some time now. This is mainly because they allow me to hand over information from many apps and thus get organized a lot faster. Unfortunately there are still quite some processes in my personal life that don’t have flow.