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  • Email as a digital tickler

    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.

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    Originally posted by olliesaunders View Post
    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

    http://www.itickleme.com/

    And another option I found

    http://www.lettermelater.com/

    Some mail clients do it automatically, thunderbird can for sure. Perhaps others can as well.
    Last edited by Oogiem; 05-29-2010, 07:28 PM.

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    • #3
      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/app...r-file-for-mac
      For emails, I would just drag-and-drop to the desktop and then tag it with the tickle date.
      Last edited by Picat; 05-30-2010, 07:16 AM.

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      • #4
        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.

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        • #5
          Just forward an email to tuesday@3mindme.com or 3days@3mindme.com or Jan5th@3mindme.com and the email will return to your inbox on the day you specified.

          See http://lifemuncher.blogspot.com/2007...r-service.html for a description. Also, of course, check out http://3mindme.com/ for instructions.

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          • #6
            Thanks Jeff, that's much nicer to use!

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            • #7
              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.
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              Last edited by Lilly; 06-08-2011, 06:12 PM.

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              • #8
                Another option is Future Me (which has an interesting take on the subject!)

                http://sellsmarternotharder.typepad....self-toda.html

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