May 6, 2013
You know by now I am a fanatic about converting incoming e-mail action requests into tasks so that I can keep my to-dos well-tracked, properly prioritized, and under control. This also enables emptying the inbox daily. It is at the core of the 1MTD and MYN systems I teach.
One complaint I had about the iPhone is that there is no way to convert e-mails to tasks when using its Mail app.
Well, there is a “new” app called eMailGanizer that enables converting e-mails into tasks. It’s not really that new since early versions were released a few years ago, but it’s new to me and getting more traction now. I’ll write it up more later, but I wanted to mention it now.
How to convert to a task. The image at left is an open e-mail in this app. Notice the red box at the top? If you click that icon it allows you to convert the e-mail item into an Outlook task. It works if you have Exchange in the background; but if you don’t, it also works with Toodledo; in either case the task shows up on your desktop computer and all other task lists that sync with those. It also can create an Apple Reminder or a calendar item.
Lots of Features. You may notice there are a ton of other icons above and below the mail text; this app has a lot of features—far more than the app that comes with the iPhone.
Of course, you would read all your mail on this app instead of the using Mail app on the iPhone, so you’ll lose some of your integration with other iPhone apps, but I think it is worth it. And due to all the features it may take a few minutes to figure it out. BTW, It costs about $5.
What about Android? If you want similar ability, use TouchDown—that app lets you convert e-mails to tasks too. I’ve been recommending that app for years now.
I’ll see if I can spend more time with the eMailGanizer app and write it up more completely.