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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