Email as a digital tickler

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  1. olliesaunders

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    It has come to my attention that I don't have a nice way of tickling things. What I'd really like is a service that I can send an email to that will send the same email back to me after a specific amount of time.

    This way if I get an email and I want to tickle, then I can forward it to this service and add "3 days" at the top and then I'll get it come back to me in 3 days. Does anybody know of such a service?

    Another thing I'd quite like—and related—is to be able to send an email to a service that would hold it for a while before sending on to the final recipient. I like to have email exchanges with friends but I've realized they dry up if I reply too quickly; daily replies are too much of a burden. So what I've been doing is writing the reply immediately but keeping it as a draft; not sending it. Trouble with this is I have to remember to then go in to drafts and send it after a few days, I'd like something to automate that.
     
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    I did a google search on email tickler service and got a bunch of hits.

    Here is one that was near the top, not affiliated, never used them (they are obviously cloud based) but does exactly what you ask for

    http://www.itickleme.com/

    And another option I found

    http://www.lettermelater.com/

    Some mail clients do it automatically, thunderbird can for sure. Perhaps others can as well.
     
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    If you're using Outlook, you can hack a view and do it yourself: http://www.trenholm.co.uk/?p=59

    I use this method at the office and it works well. At home, on a Mac, I don't have many tickle-able emails so I just attach them to OmniFocus actions. I did use an applescript-driven electronic tickler file for a while but I can't find the link at the moment.

    ETA: I think this is the applescript I was using: http://www.brynary.com/2007/4/25/applescript-gtd-tickler-file-for-mac
    For emails, I would just drag-and-drop to the desktop and then tag it with the tickle date.
     
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    Thanks Oogiem. Sometimes I just don't think of the right search terms. I'm using LetterMeLater and it seems to be working great so far.

    Sorry Picat, I should have said: I'm using Gmail.
     
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    Thanks Jeff, that's much nicer to use!
     
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    Thanks a lot for that information. That is a very easy way to accomplish this, don't even need to download anything, or register anything which is nice. I could really use something like this, since I have the same problem. I will have the intention of sending out a certain email on a certain day, but I will often forget about it completely.
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    I've also become kind of fond of some outlook plug-ins. I use them primarily for swiftly moving e-mails and finding folders, as well as tagging, but they also have great ticklering capabilities - one with adding notes as well.

    They either come as a part of another plugin or seperately.

    Check out the free trails for a start:

    http://www.techhit.com/SimplyTag/ (or SimpelyFile or SnoozeIt)

    http://www.standss.com/eeminders/default.html (or QuickFile + maybe others)
     
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    I've used Boomerang for Gmail http://www.boomeranggmail.com/ but find I do better with a Tickler list in my GTD system (Todoist). Every item in that list has a due date, and if needed I can include the link to the specific Gmail message.
     
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    Also, take a look at https://www.sanebox.com/. It is primarily a tool to reduce unwanted email and it works great! First application like this that I've ever wanted to pay for the subscription.

    As part of the suite of tools it offers, it has something called SaneSnooze which allows you to have an email be sent back to you at a later date. I haven't tried it, as I prefer to have all my ticklers directly in my task manager, but it looks like it would work well.
     
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    If you are using gmail, you might want to try switching to inbox (also by google) it is not as advanced in some ways, however it has one awesome feature, snoozing emails and reminders. You select an item and determine untill what day and time you would like to snooze it. It then disappears from your inbox, showing up again at the very top at the time you set it to. If you need a repeat, you can just snooze it again.
     
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    Tasklist for Outlook has a utility that allows you to forward your emails to yourself after a specified number of minutes, hours or days, or on a particular date. It also keeps a hierarchical list of your Outlook tasks, which you can filter by Outlook category. You can also link Outlook emails, appointments, contacts, etc. to Outlook tasks, so you don't have to make project folders. It's really just a sophisticated set of lists that lets you organize and filter your Outlook tasks, and link other Outlook items to them. www.tasklist.biz.
     

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