Drag and drop email into iCal to schedule important tasks, and GTD

| Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

If you’re anything like I am, you probably find yourself using Mail.app as a bit of a ToDo list. Anything that kicks around in my inbox and that’s not deleted immediately usually means that there’s an actionable item I need to carry out within the email. Problem is that sometimes if I let it slip too long then I forget to address the email in its entirety. Instead, it just sits at the bottom of my inbox waiting for me to miraculously get to it at some point. That point never really comes for a lot of the emails. I’ve stumbled on a nice little tip today that’s going to help me get to the bottom of the problem, and I thought I would pass it along.

Did you know that you can drag and drop an email from your Mail.app directly into iCal? By dropping the email into iCal, you’re able to schedule in time to complete the task like you would any other event. The extra-cool thing about doing this is that iCal will create a link to the email in question so that you can reference the original email when the time comes to do something about your it.

This isn’t going to solve all of your email problems, but it will help you focus in on completing some tasks for the more important emails you get on a daily basis.

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