Keeping up with our emails is a daily task that nobody enjoys. The creators of Sortd have come up with a new way to help us tackle our Gmail Inbox. Take a look at the tutorial above, it has be a bit curious. Its a "skin" plugin which seamlessly integrates into your Chrome browser. See how it organizes my Gmail in a matter of seconds.
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So where is the actual email that you dragged over to a Sortd column? If you were at a computer/device that didn't have sortd installed, would you see that message where it used to be, or somewhere else?
Wow, just wow! I found this a few days ago and already like it a lot! I do all my mail in Gmail (which is a mandatory first) and also use Trello as a personal Kanban board. Sortd is Gmail goes Kanbal/agile and I like both the idea and the execution. I used Gmails star system to keep the relevant mail floating rather than sinking into the pit of doom that is mail from below the first two screens of GMail. But there is no way of clustering conversation threads, and I am notoriously bad at follow-ups. My previous effort as Evernote and then tagging acording to a GTD filosophy called The Secret Weapon. Still good and I will still use Evernote for much, but for now I believe this is better. I can already feel this is saving me a fortune currently spend on the yellow stickers on my desk ;-)
Hi Steve. I came across Sorted by accident and just started using it. So far it is just what I am looking for. I like being able to customise the lists, I am just building a new computer and can keep all of the emails, invoices, delivery notifications all in one place until this project is done. I also like being able to switch so quickly and easily between the GMail interface and sorted. I think this is going to work for me. Thanks for the video.
LOVE your videos, they're the perfect note between PACKED WITH INFO and FUN TO WATCH, thank you! I have a question about Sortd - is there a way to create rules or filters so that when an incoming email has, say, a certain subject line it is automatically sorted into the right list, or labelled a certain way, etc?
I'm using the *Sortd* app for Gmail, and I'm loving the experience thus far. I like the experience of using Trello type functionality with my email messages. Nice to see how we're able to add Gmail messages to a list, and also have the ability to add notes to a particular task. Obvious winner in my book.
I am very grateful for Steve's having brought Sortd to my attention. After trying various Email addons for years, I have found in Sortd one that provides precisely what I need. After less than a week of daily use, it has clarified my thinking, reduced my stress, and boosted my productivity. I believe my quest is over!
Thanks Steve. I like the interface and I think I like using it. One problem I am having is this. I do not know how to view the string within the original email. When someone replies to my email I see the original email in my inbox but I can't see there reply. I am having to go back into the regular gmail interface. I am assuming there must be a way to do this. Can you help me out?
Steve, from what I say I love this. I tend to send myself emails of to do's as I'm out in the field. Now instead of having to create a task I can simply just drag-and-drop into the appropriate category like you showed. I can definitely see the saving me time, Effort, and money. Thanks for the great video.Kevin B. YoungHttp://Youngheartsed.com/push-here
Hey Steve -- I think that Sortd is a great tool. I've been using it for a few days. I did notice that sometimes when you want to Put a particular email in a folder,you need to type in a few more letters of that folder for it to display. Other than that I think Sortd is a great product. Thanks for the heads up!!!
Very good post, Steve. Thanks. I began to look at it and sounds promising. I've seen people reacting and talking about Streak. Is it something worth to investigate as well?
Back to Sortd: I did not succeed in grouping emails. Could you help?
You can achieve a similar functionality by creating "labels" in gmail and marking each email as belonging to a certain (or a set of) label(s). If you do so, you can have many more than 4 categories that are offered by Sortd. Reminders can be set as events, and the same would pop up on your desktop (in browser) and on your phone (I use an android and it does on mine). Completed tasks functionality can be achieved by removing the label from that email. IMHO I dont think Sortd achieves much really that gmail already does not offer as a functionality.
If you have the technical capabilities that you're showcasing in this post, absolutely, Sortd does not makes sense, however don't underestimate the value of an interface, the Organization screen will work for many people I believe.
I think wunderlist and todoist have the right balance of email/task manager by allowing you forward emails to your account. I would be curious what costs are involved as well as if you can attach item to newly created tasks. Good post though.
I just wondered if you were aware of ActiveInbox that is an absolutely fabulous Gmail extension I have been using since it's early days. It is even better than this in my opinion a total project management tool, well worth a look!
This is the concept of Kanban board. Trello is a totally other implementation of that concept. (I would still use Trello for other tasks. Sortd starts costing if you want to collaborate whereas Trello is free for that use case)
Great video Steve! I hear you saying in the video that are concerned about what some productivity people might think of using your emails as your tasks and keeping them into your inbox, but that's not actually what's happening here I think. I'm also someone who thinks that you should clear out your inbox and create tasks for emails that you still want to do something with. But the thing is: that is exactly what Sortd does!
1. You can give a different description to the email once you put it in one of the columns, so there you can create the real task description.
2. There is a setting in case you want to archive an email right away after you dragged the email to a column. (See Advanced settings).
3. By archiving or deleting the email from your inbox column, you actually get your inbox to zero :-)
So I think it is great that they created a task manager on top of your email inbox. I think it might really help people to have a better way of dealing with their email.
I really do like Sort'd and the concept BUT I need the app to be able to see new emails as they come in and be able to move them to their lists. Right now it can only view the emails and tasks you have in the lists.
They appear to be using "Kanban swimlanes" to re-visualise email into tasks. That's too much re-visualization for me. Personally, I prefer using the combination of TODO-ist and Boomerang with Gmail. So no, thanks for me.
The problem is not that Facebook and Google are the only advertising platforms. The problem is that they are considered mainstream media and without these two, the trend of cryptocurrencies gaining legitimacy is delayed. That is right, I said delayed not blocked or prevented.
The World Has Changed.
Five years ago, when bitcoin was unknown to most people, this might have been a fatal move. Today is a different story. I recently traveled to a remote mountain town in the interior of Mexico. Everyone I met had heard about Bitcoin and eyes lit up with excitement when I ask if I could pay for lunch with bitcoin.
Today are dozens of websites dedicated to cryptocurrencies, either holding them, exchanging them or just writing about them. Probably the most effective advertising remains on Google, it is called Google Search and it is free.
If someone wants to learn about owning bitcoin or any other currency, there is a ton of educational information.
The Flipside Is Being Ignored.
Not All Regulation Is Inherently Bad.
If we examine the full spectrum of regulation to this point on a global scale there is one common target most everywhere. That is the practice of exchanges. So far there has been little or not regulation, threatened or enacted, to protect investors from loss of funds due to security breaches.
Capitulation Is A Good Sign.