Schedule An Email Follow Up Using Mail And Reminders In Mountain Lion [OS X Tips]

Schedule An Email Follow Up Using Mail And Reminders In Mountain Lion [OS X Tips]

Lots of folks might like to remember to follow up on specific emails. I know my life is full of email that, honestly, I don’t care much about, but really need to get back to at a certain point. Or that one email that needs a return reply but gets forgotten in the deluge of other, equally important emails during the day.

Unfortunately, there’s no “official” way to do this in Mail. There should be, of course, but there isn’t. Outlook has this functionality within a contextual menu, and there is a service for Gmail that lets you do something similar, but Apple’s Mail does not.

Luckily with a little ingenuity, we can get around this missing feature in Mail.

Open Mail and find the email you want to follow up on. Launch Reminders and create a list for follow up emails.

Now, drop back into Mail, and click and drag that email over to the list you just created. Your Mac will create a Reminder for you, and then you’ll be able to set a time/day/location to be reminded of it, with a link to the original email on your Mac.

Now, when the Reminder pops up at the designated location or time, you’ll remember to follow it up again, instead of letting it fall through the cracks of your already overburdened short term memory.

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  • PhilRead

    You can also drag / drop emails to right into your calendar in OSX. The event automatically contains a link back to the email used to create the event. And the event name will be the subject line of the email – so I add “(Reminder)” to the event for fast searching of upcoming reminders.

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