View Full Version : Email as a digital tickler
05-29-2010, 03:11 PM
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.
05-29-2010, 05:24 PM
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.
...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 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
And another option I found
Some mail clients do it automatically, thunderbird can for sure. Perhaps others can as well.
05-30-2010, 05:11 AM
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.
05-31-2010, 09:54 AM
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.
06-02-2010, 04:00 PM
Just forward an email to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or Jan5th@3mindme.com and the email will return to your inbox on the day you specified.
See http://lifemuncher.blogspot.com/2007/12/3mindme-reminder-service.html for a description. Also, of course, check out http://3mindme.com/ for instructions.
06-03-2010, 03:00 AM
Thanks Jeff, that's much nicer to use!
06-03-2011, 06:42 AM
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.
contact center (http://www.inin.com/ProductSolutions/Pages/Contact-Center.aspx)
06-04-2011, 09:08 AM
Another option is Future Me (which has an interesting take on the subject!)