Often the greatest productivity benefits come from changes in how you work more than the tools themselves. In a recent discussion about the best to-do list apps, the most popular option was pairing a to-do list with a calendar—an age-old option that never really required a new app, but instead requires a mindset shift in how you approach tasks.
The most popular email apps push you in those directions. Gmail got us to archive and labels emails, Superhuman got us to email without touching the mouse, and Hey tried to get us to filter our inboxes better.
Have those apps or others changed your approach to email? Have you found ways to manage your inbox better thanks to apps, and then perhaps taken those new workflows with you to other email tools?
Superhuman has fundamentally changed the way I do email:
Two months on Superhuman has definitely changed how I email. Overall, I'd say:
(1) I respond to more messages than before;
(2) My average response time is faster; and,
(3) My average response length is shorter.
Before I'd spend more time trying to craft a perfect reply to the most important messages but I think the game aspect of Superhuman has actually made me curter in my replies. That's probably a good and unintended thing.
I am just thankful email has stayed open to where we can use what apps work best for our workflows unless other closed chat systems (slack, etc).
Use Spike here, and I think it's helped me process email faster. The Priority Inbox is one of the features that helps me in a quick glance see if anything needs my attention. I'll look at the "Other inbox" once a day or so. It's usually newsletter, receipts, etc.
I've been using email since the days of dial-up modems, but the app I've found best for not just email, but more ways of communicating, is Spike. http://www.spikenow.com
It's like a Swiss Army knife including instantly dividing my email into Priority and Other, distilling emails into a chat format, video chat, group collaboration, pulls in my Fantastical calendars and more. :-)
Spike has a clean, inviting design that looks great even on a 13" monitor.
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