Easily and Quickly Turn an Email into a Reminder

Most people treat their email Inbox as their to-do list. I'm one of them, but I'm trying to change my bad habits. The problem with that scenario is that I tend to let things fall through the cracks. It doesn't happen very often, but it does happen. And usually at the worst time with not-so-nice consequences.

Apple's Reminders app is great at helping to manage all those to-dos, but it can sometimes be time-consuming to convert an email message or thread to a reminder because of the data re-entry process. There's good news... it doesn't need to be time-consuming! There's a quick and (super-) easy way to make that workflow happen painlessly.

When you get an email from a recipient that requires action to be taken, simply drag that email message from Mail to the Reminders app, and let it go on the desired reminder list (i.e.: work, personal, etc). It's that easy. A reminder will automatically be created with the same name as the email subject, and (this is the best part), it generates a hyperlink back to the original email! This is great for those who want to refer back to the original email when it comes time to complete that reminder.

Posted on June 11, 2014 and filed under How To, Mac.