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Mailbox Review: The Best Email Client Ever

Mailbox Review: The Best Email Client Ever

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    For years, my email was always a place that was bittersweet. While I enjoyed the email messages that I received, I dreaded the lack of organization that the inbox contained. As an iOS user, there wasn’t really an option that brought an optimal emailing experience. One thing I can tell you is that this has certainly changed with Mailbox for iOS. Not only has my experience changed, Mailbox has revolutionized the way that I personally look at the importance of email. Mailbox is currently accepting reservations, so let’s cut to the chase and talk about the app’s strengths, weaknesses, and potential.

    How is Mailbox different?

    The developers behind Mailbox saw how people were using email as a task manager. Think about it, if you receive an email from your editor or boss about an upcoming meeting or a new assignment. Chances are, you’ll take that task and add it into whatever tool is needed to complete that task. Mailbox prevents you from having to do that last step. When we go a bit deeper into this review, you’ll understand what I mean by this and how Mailbox has way more to offer as well. To learn more about the story behind Mailbox and why they are organizing your email workflow differently, click here.

    The Three Tabs – Later, Now, Completed

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      When you look at the interface of Mailbox, you instantly see that there are three tabs at the top. The first tab is the “Later” page where you can scoot emails off for another time or date. Similar to a task app, we can essentially remind ourselves through the email to either reply back, read later, or do what the email is asking us to do.

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        The second tab is the meat of Mailbox. This is where you’ll find the emails you have to take a look at now. Think of the “Mailbox” page as the stack of papers on your desk that needs to be sorted soon. All new messages come here, and all emails that you added to “Later” and that have reached their due date are moved back here for you to deal with.

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          The third and last tab is where you’ll find your completed emails. These are the emails that have been replied to, or in other words, emails you can forget about. Aside from the three tabs, you also have a button that reveals more options and a compose button on the left and right side, respectively. How do emails get to their tabs? That’s the magic of Mailbox.

          How it Works

          You interact with and place messages in their tab by swiping them. The options that sliding presents you depends on which tab you are in, so let’s go through what options you can do.

          First off, you can create Lists in Mailbox that allows you to have better organization of your email. I personally only have a “Read at Home” List, reserved for emails I want to focus more on in the comforts of – yes you guessed correctly – my own home. You can also swipe a message to read at another time. This is known as “Snooze”and sends the email to be dealt with later.

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            Snoozing Options

            • Later in the Today
            • This Evening
            • Tomorrow
            • This Weekend
            • Next Week
            • In a Month
            • Someday
            • Or….Pick a Date

            The third swipe option is to add an email to your “Mailbox” (remember, the “stack on your desk” we equated this tab to). Finally, you can check off emails and send them off to the completed tab, or mark them with an “X” to send them to the trash.

            When are these options available?

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              In the “Later” tab…

              • You can swipe partially to the left to adjust snoozing times, or fully to the left to add it to a List. Swiping partially to the right places the message back into your “Mailbox”, fully swiping to the right adds the message to the completed tab.

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                In your “Mailbox” tab…

                • You can swipe partially to the left to snooze a message or fully to the left to add it to one of your Lists. Swiping partially to the right allows you to add a message to the completed folder, fully swiping adds the message to the trash.

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                  In the completed tab…

                  • Finally, you can swipe a message partially to the left to bring it back to the “Mailbox” pile. Swiping fully to the left allows you to snooze the message. Swipe to the right to add the message to the trash.

                  Lists and Snoozing Options can be found in the settings of Mailbox. You can also reorder messages by tapping and holding a message, then sliding it to the place you’d like. Scrolling to the very bottom of a small list of messages outside of the completed tab and sliding the bottom bar either direction can also mass manipulate the messages there.

                  Goal – Reaching Inbox Zero

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                    If you don’t know by now, the ultimate goal of Mailbox is for you to have an empty “Mailbox” each day. This isn’t only by ensuring that you answer back to all emails, but that they are truly taken care of. This is why Mailbox has the “Later” tab, allowing you to feel accomplished without feeling stretched thin to complete everything in one day (more about this later in the article). Once you reach zero, Mailbox presents you with a featured photo of the day from Instagram as a small treat to your success.

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                    A New Philosophy – Email as a To-Do List

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                      I have been using Mailbox for a little over a week now and I must say that it has changed the way I view emailing. Before, I obsessively checked my email throughout the day. I felt that if I got an email, tackled what needed to get done, I could in some way make my day more productive.

                      Mailbox showed me this wasn’t the case. When looking at email as a to-do list, we learn that we don’t have to take tasks as they are given to us. We can make a list and tackle them in an orderly fashion. This allowed me to not stress over email and to take it a step at a time.

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                        I found Mailbox to be a great application during my usage so far. You may not like having to wait for their reservation, however the line seems to be moving well for many individuals. It is important to remember that a waiting list is needed to keep Mailbox up and running, protecting the servers from strain.

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                          There are a couple of things we don’t like. Mailbox is Gmail only, prevented me from fully switching over for good. I make use of Yahoo Mail (7 years strong) and iCloud for my personal emailing, and Gmail for work emailing (and a bit of personal emailing too). Ultimately, Mailbox is free and this is a great reason to give the app a try.

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                          Published on October 16, 2018

                          7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Business

                          7 Clever Goal Tracker Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Business

                          There’s nothing more fulfilling than the sense of accomplishment you get by achieving your business goals.

                          Gone are the days when you used pen and paper to take notes and manage your work day. As millennials are relying heavily on technology to manage almost everything from finances to their personal fitness, goal tracking apps are also becoming increasingly popular.[1]

                          In this piece, we will shed some light on 7 such goal tracking apps that you can use to streamline your operations.

                          I have handpicked these apps from a software rating web services site Best Online Reviews. Industry experts review software on these websites and help businesses to find the right solutions to meet their various, unique business requirements.

                          1. Aha!

                            Aha! is a California-based roadmap software provider and offers excellent goal tracking app that lets you define goals and objectives for projects. The app also lets you list out primary tasks and allows you to focus on them.

                            Hosted securely on the cloud, the app offers enhanced communication tools for sharing updates through emails with select colleagues or the entire organization.

                            Aha! is available on multiple platforms such as the web, Android, iOS, Windows, etc. and starts from $59 per month per user.

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                            2. Asana

                              Asana is one of the more popular project management apps available for businesses. It lets you organize all your team’s work, such as setting up and tracking goals, creating tasks, sharing files and notes, etc.

                              Asana also allows your team to organize all their tasks and focus on urgent priorities. Moreover, the app offers a delightful user experience that makes task management simple and easy.

                              Asana is available on multiple platforms from PCs and Mac to iOS and Android. Multi-channel adaptability makes Asana the perfect choice to track your goals anytime, from anywhere.

                              Available for iOS | Android | Web

                              3. Basecamp

                                Basecamp is an excellent tool to manage all your team’s projects and keep your activities organized. It opens a new thread for every task and that task is visible by the whole team.

                                With Basecamp, you can schedule tasks, add to-dos, discuss tasks by adding comments, add files and attachments, and much more.

                                The app is available on both mobile and desktop platforms and costs $99 per month. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS platforms and offers excellent multi-channel access.

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                                4. Forecast

                                  An efficient tool for successful task management, Forecast is also a popular goal tracking app. Apart from effective milestone tracking, the app also offers convenient status reporting.

                                  Forecast uses project history to let you know the status of your current work. Moreover, it uses the power of artificial intelligence (AI) to provide high-quality assistance. It is a robust app for small teams to track goals and time.

                                  Forecast is available for free and comes with Android and iOS app support. The premium version of the app starts from $19 per month per user.

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                                  5. Wrike

                                    Wrike is a cloud-based collaboration and project management app that successfully manages projects from start to finish. It lets you create tasks, track work progress and retrieve reports with ease.

                                    The app also gives real-time work updates and helps team members to understand their work priorities. A custom report builder helps you to generate in-depth reporting.

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                                    Wrike’s premium version is available from $9.80 per month per user and is available on multiple platforms.

                                    Available for iOS | Android | Web

                                    6. Todo.vu

                                      Todo.vu is a unique platform that delivers enhanced customer relationship management (CRM), task management, time tracking, and billing functionality in a single app.

                                      According to Capterra, it’s an ideal app for freelancers and consultants, who are looking for tools to improve efficiency and transparency.

                                      Although the app is free to use with basic features, the premium plan starts from $5 per month per user. The app also comes with calendar sync and task reminder functionality to keep you on track, always.

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                                      7. Flock

                                        Looking for a tool to simplify task management? Try out Flock.

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                                        Flock comes with enhanced goal tracking and additional features like instant messaging.

                                        Moreover, Flock offers tons of integrations with tools such as Google, MailChimp, Jira, Dropbox, etc. It is a powerful tool that’s packed with robust features such as reminders, notes, polls and to-dos.

                                        Even though you can use the tool for free, the paid version of Flock is available from $4.50 per month per user.

                                        Available for iOS | Android | Web

                                        Conclusion

                                        Businesses need high-quality project management tools to streamline collaboration and operations. Enhanced goal tracking apps make it easy for your team to improve productivity by keeping its tasks organized.

                                        But it’s essential that you choose an app that meets your unique business requirements. You can choose from the above-mentioned apps to streamline operations and improve the productivity of your team.

                                        Featured photo credit: Alvaro Reyes via unsplash.com

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