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How To Undo Sent E-mail and Texts

How To Undo Sent E-mail and Texts

If you’ve ever sent off an e-mail or text message in haste, only to realize you forgot to include something or even worse, sent it to the wrong person, you are familiar with the panic or embarrassment that ensues. It’s damage control time. Many times you will find that you may not be able to undo something you sent out of a mistake but there will be times when you can do something about your internet gaffe. Here are some ways you may be able to save yourself and your e-mail or text from ever being seen by the eyes of another.

1. Consider waiting before sending off e-mails or texts for the day.

If you are in a rush or not fully focused, it’s best not to start writing and sending off electronic notes. And don’t go crazy e-mailing or texting if you’ve had a night out partying or if you are severely exhausted. You won’t be in your best state of mind, regardless of how great you may think you feel. You may awake to some unwanted drama and stress. It’s best not to put yourself in that situation. Particularly if it involves your work or those in your professional circles. You may want to schedule e-mail reply time, for a certain time of day or week to avoid accidentally sending messages and then you won’t have to undo sent e-mail or texts. You may want to block out other distractions, concentrate on what you need and want to say in your e-mail or text. This is a good time to sit with a warm beverage and a clear head. E-mails and texts can be therapeutic and clarifying if you don’t go overboard and you don’t feel in a pressured state of mind. This old Yiddish tailors proverb always had a profound affect on me: ”Measure twice, cut once.” The same can be said of e-mail. What you do on the internet can, and will, often live forever.

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2. You can jailbreak your iPhone or other iDevice.

Jailbreaking gets mixed reviews, as you may lose your data and some are fearful their data will be exploited, if they were to use jailbreakme.com. But this is less likely, and most users report their data has remained safe and unharmed. Though, there are pros and cons, you’ll need to consider. Remember to back up your information. An external hard drive is always a safe bet. Jailbreaking is a curious game in your quest to undo sent e-mail or texts. You don’t want to end up at square one after all your sleuthing around and delete all your work. It’s important to note that jailbreaking is not illegal. According to the U.S. Library of Congress, the usage of third-party apps to jailbreak your iPhone or other Apple device is not grounds for any legal action against the user.

To jailbreak your phone, you can Download Evasi0n, as Lifehacker suggests. You’ll want to disable your passcode lock and also turn on Airplane mode, so that there are no interference as you attempt to undo sent e-mail or texts. During the downloading of Evasi0n, you can expect your phone to restart. SMS Delay and confirmSMS apps are both available in the Cydia store, after you’ve begun your jailbreak. Cydia is an app that gives you access to other apps that have not been approved by Apple. Another app that allows jailbreaking is Inbox, which allows you to send messages with undo capability. Android users may find Undo SMS to be helpful as they undo sent e-mail or texts.

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3. If you use Microsoft Outlook, use the “Recall” feature.

To Recall a message through Outlook, your e-mail provider requests their e-mail provider to please delete your message prior to their client opening the e-mail. To make use of Microsoft Outlook’s feature of “Recall”, log into your account, go the Navigation Pane and click the Sent Items tab. Open the message you want to recall or undo and then click Actions and click Recall This Message. Then you can Delete the unread version of your sent message. Keep in mind that the only way this will be successful is if the other party does not have their Outlook open at the same time, and so long as they have not yet opened your sent message. This is a limited option to undo sent e-mail, as an Outlook user can disable this feature and it will not allow Outlook to delete messages on their behalf, even if you were to request they do so.

For example, you can uncheck the “Send Immediately When Connected” option in the Advanced section on Outlook’s Options screen. This may give you a few minutes to “undo” the message by cancelling the outgoing send operation before the next timed send/receive operation, when the message will be sent out.

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4. If you use Gmail, use the “Undo Send” labs feature.

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    Gmail offers a bit more room should you make a mistake. Each time you send an e-mail with your Gmail account, a yellow box appears at the top of the page, stating, “Your message has been sent.” You may not have noticed that right next to those words are an Undo and View Message links. You can click immediately after sending.

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    In Gmail’s settings, under Labs, you can enable the “Undo Send” lab feature. This will allow you to delay your sent e-mail, and offers a chance to Undo right before it’s sent off. To enable this feature, click the gear symbol in the top right of your Gmail e-mail interface. Select the Settings tab, and then Labs. When you find the “Undo Send” tab, select Enable. To complete your action, click Save Changes. Gmail will allow you to select the time frame, of up to 30 seconds, you have to undo a sent e-mail. Please keep in mind that Gmail’s “Undo Send” feature is still in experimentation stage.

    5. If you sent text messages by iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows 7, you can try TigerText.

    If all else fails, you can still avoid your electronic mistake with the TigerText app, a free service available in the iTunes store, will offer you a chance to take back a message you have just sent, determine who receives a message you’ve sent, and disallows others from forwarding your text. It can confirm message delivery with real time notifications to let you know when a message has been received, or opened.

    6. Become friends with the IT Department.

    If you have sent an e-mail at work that you are regretting and want to rescind it, try connecting with the IT department at your office or company. They will be able to guide you even more effectively should a real-time crisis strike.

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    Last Updated on February 15, 2019

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    7 Tools to Help Keep Track of Goals and Habits Effectively

    Now that 2011 is well underway and most people have fallen off the bandwagon when it comes to their New Year’s resolutions (myself included), it’s a good time to step back and take an honest look at our habits and the goals that we want to achieve.

    Something that I have learned over the past few years is that if you track something, be it your eating habits, exercise, writing time, work time, etc. you become aware of the reality of the situation. This is why most diet gurus tell you to track what you eat for a week so you have an awareness of the of how you really eat before you start your diet and exercise regimen.

    Tracking daily habits and progress towards goals is another way to see reality and create a way for you clearly review what you have accomplished over a set period of time. Tracking helps motivate you too; if I can make a change in my life and do it once a day for a period of time it makes me more apt to keep doing it.

    So, if you have some goals and habits in mind that need tracked, all you need is a tracking tool. Today we’ll look at 7 different tools to help you keep track of your habits and goals.

    Joe’s Goals

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      Joe’s Goals is a web-based tool that allows users to track their habits and goals in an easy to use interface. Users can add as many goals/habits as they want and also check multiple times per day for those “extra productive days”. Something that is unique about Joe’s Goals is the way that you can keep track of negative habits such as eating out, smoking, etc. This can help you visualize the good things that you are doing as well as the negative things that you are doing in your life.

      Joe’s Goals is free with a subscription version giving you no ads and the “latest version” for $12 a year.

      Daytum

        Daytum

        is an in depth way of counting things that you do during the day and then presenting them to you in many different reports and groups. With Daytum you can add several different items to different custom categories such as work, school, home, etc. to keep track of your habits in each focus area of your life.

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        Daytum is extremely in depth and there are a ton of settings for users to tweak. There is a free version that is pretty standard, but if you want more features and unlimited items and categories you’ll need Daytum Plus which is $4 a month.

        Excel or Numbers

          If you are the spreadsheet number cruncher type and the thought of using someone else’s idea of how you should track your habits turns you off, then creating your own Excel/Numbers/Google spreadsheet is the way to go. Not only do you have pretty much limitless ways to view, enter, and manipulate your goal and habit data, but you have complete control over your stuff and can make it private.

          What’s nice about spreadsheets is you can create reports and can customize your views in any way you see fit. Also, by using Dropbox, you can keep your tracker sheets anywhere you have a connection.

          Evernote

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            I must admit, I am an Evernote junky, mostly because this tool is so ubiquitous. There are several ways you can implement habit/goal tracking with Evernote. You won’t be able to get nifty reports and graphs and such, but you will be able to access your goal tracking anywhere your are, be it iPhone, Android, Mac, PC, or web. With Evernote you pretty much have no excuse for not entering your daily habit and goal information as it is available anywhere.

            Evernote is free with a premium version available.

            Access or Bento

              If you like the idea of creating your own tracker via Excel or Numbers, you may be compelled to get even more creative with database tools like Access for Windows or Bento for Mac. These tools allow you to set up relational databases and even give you the option of setting up custom interfaces to interact with your data. Access is pretty powerful for personal database applications, and using it with other MS products, you can come up with some pretty awesome, in depth analysis and tracking of your habits and goals.

              Bento is extremely powerful and user friendly. Also with Bento you can get the iPhone and iPad app to keep your data anywhere you go.

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              You can check out Access and the Office Suite here and Bento here.

              Analog Bonus: Pen and Paper

              All these digital tools are pretty nifty and have all sorts of bells and whistles, but there are some people out there that still swear by a notebook and pen. Just like using spreadsheets or personal databases, pen and paper gives you ultimate freedom and control when it comes to your set up. It also doesn’t lock you into anyone else’s idea of just how you should track your habits.

              Conclusion

              I can’t necessarily recommend which tool is the best for tracking your personal habits and goals, as all of them have their quirks. What I can do however (yes, it’s a bit of a cop-out) is tell you that the tool to use is whatever works best for you. I personally keep track of my daily habits and personal goals with a combo Evernote for input and then a Google spreadsheet for long-term tracking.

              What this all comes down to is not how or what tool you use, but finding what you are comfortable with and then getting busy with creating lasting habits and accomplishing short- and long-term goals.

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