Almost every day, I’ll get an email (or three) that I must remember to take care of, but that I can’t deal with at the moment. Given how frantically I work during my writing, my brain isn’t always able to clock those memories, so I might miss something.
Sometimes, I’ll snooze an email until a certain time. But those emails won’t work when hitting the metaphorical snooze bar, what do I do? The answer is to go to another Gmail feature: Tasks.
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Gmail’s Tasks feature turns an email into a task, without deleting or otherwise changing the original email. With this feature, you can categorize a task, give it a specific date/time, add details and add subtasks.
I’ll even add a task from an email sometimes. I then snooze the email to remind myself to reply to let the sender know I received it and address the contents as soon as possible. This is a system that has worked for me for some time.
You probably already know how to snooze an email, so let me show you how to create a task from one.
How to create a task from an email
What you will need: All you need for this feature is a valid Gmail account and an email from which to create a task You can work from mobile or the web version of Gmail. I’m going to demonstrate from the web version because that’s where I spend most of my time in Gmail. The steps are similar for the mobile version, but you can access the feature from the Email three-button menu.
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Now, open your web browser of choice, and let’s get to work.
Once you’ve taken care of those configurations, you’re done. You can always reopen the task sidebar by clicking the blue check/circle on the right side of Gmail in your browser.
And how easy it is to create a task from an email in Gmail. I’ve been using the feature for a while now and it never fails to help me stay on top of emails that I don’t have time to deal with at the moment.