Last week, I introduced a new series called Motivational Mondays. With this series, I will be highlighting quick and easy tasks that you can complete, making your world more organized.
Today’s Motivational Mondays task helps to organize your Gmail inbox to make it work more efficiently for you. I blogged about keeping my inbox organized here.
Sortd is a Gmail skin that is more than just a way to keep your inbox organized. It’s a way to organize your daily life, as well. The Sortd skin takes the place of my regular Gmail inbox, but I can switch back to it if I choose to.
When an email comes into my account, it takes up residence in the left-hand column. I could hide the inbox if I chose to. I will talk about that in more detail later.
I’m sure that you noticed that there are no results in my inbox. At the time I am writing this, I had taken care of all of the email that was in my inbox. That is part of the beauty of Sortd. It allows you to designate each email as it comes into your mailbox.
On the left-hand side of the inbox are four icons. The first icons are your folders that you have set up to sort and save your emails.
If there is an email that I want to keep, I put it into the appropriate category so I can reference it later. Along with my cleaning tasks for each season, I also go through and purge my folders of any emails that are no longer needed.
The second icon is the unread email for your account. I set up my Sortd account, so these go directly into my inbox column.
The third icon is for composing new emails.
The last icon is for drafts that you are working on.
At the bottom of the inbox column, there is the word Today with a sunrise icon next to it.
When you click on that, it opens up a task list that you can modify. I’m all about a to-do list.
The first two columns, in Sortd, are pre-set for you. They are labeled to-do and follow-up.
The to-do column is the second column. I have an email project that is listed, so I know that is something that I need to complete.
If I click on the project name, I can enter the details about the item that I need to remember.
The third column is the follow-up column. The great thing about Sortd is that I can drag emails into any of the columns that have been created. The follow-up column is where I keep the emails that I need to respond to eventually. If they need an immediate response, they stay in my inbox.
The last column is the to-read column. I created this column for items that will require more time to read. Again, if it needs an immediate response, it stays in my inbox.
If I choose to hide my inbox, as I referred to earlier, I see only the lists that have been created. List makers are going to list, right? Once I complete something on one of the lists, I clear it off of the list.
You will notice that I haven’t designated a list name for the final column. I can change the name of the list 2 to something that I need in the future.
I am hopeful that you give Sortd a try. Life is easier to keep track of when it’s Sortd.
Until next time,