There are ways to email people in the future. As I mentioned in my previous post about “Getting Things Done”, I’ve set up snooze (David Allen would call it a tickler) folders in Gmail. I often end up sending myself an email as a reminder to do something, and it occurred to me that it’d be useful to be able to send myself an email and have it go straight into a snooze folder, ready to pop back into my Inbox in a set number of days.
Thanks to GMail’s “disposable address” or “suffix” feature, it didn’t take long to set this up. Basically, Google treats email@example.com as equivalent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I’ve set up filters so you can email richard+4 and I won’t receive the message for four days. Only took 5 minutes to set up and it’s already proving useful.