Link directly to emails
Productivity ninjas agree that you should archive email, not leave it in your inbox. But what about emails that have critical information in them? You probably get emails from your boss, asking you to do things. Nobody wants to lose those!
Now you can archive the email and return to it any time. But how do you keep track of those task-based emails?
Add URLs to tasks
My favorite to-do list, Remember the Milk, has a cool feature that works hand-in-hand with Gmail’s links. You can add a URL to any task.
To do this, just click on the URL field in the task details pane. Add the URL you need, and it’ll be saved on your task list. And there’s a handy shortcut key: u.
When you need the info for a task, just click the URL field, and you’ll go straight to the webpage. Handy!
New email task flow
Next time you get an email task from someone, try this:
- Open the email and read it
- Copy the email’s URL
- Archive the email in Gmail
- Create a new task in Remember the Milk
- Add the email’s URL to the task
Now you’ve cleared your inbox and put the task on your to-do list, where it belongs. When you get ready to do the task, the critical email is a click away. Can it get any easier?
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