I get a boat-load of email everyday. Every morning I have pretty much the same routine, skim through my inbox to try to find the important stuff, skip the cruft, and prioritize. After that skim, I need to delete most (if not all) of the cruft. Annoying, time consuming, and worst of all sometimes I miss important emails buried in the cruft. Now, I’m also very skeptical about services that interact (or intervene) with my email. I don’t want to lose or miss something important. I also don’t want spam, bacon, or cruft in my inbox either.
Enter SaneBox—Spend Less Time In Your Inbox With SaneBox (1-Year): Keep Your Inbox Clutter-Free & Your Mind Sane With a 1-Year Subscription—which after watching the intro video (below) I figured I’d give it a shot. Why not, I can try it for a couple weeks for free before I even have to enter my credit card. Yeah, well I’ve pushed a few email accounts through it this morning and…wow.
I pushed three Gmail-based accounts through the SaneBox process this morning. My true Gmail account has over 100,000 messages in it (yikes!) and there are a few thousand in each of my Gmail for domains accounts. The smaller accounts took about 15–20 minutes to be ready and my main Gmail about an hour (which I think is pretty amazing actually). Once the accounts were ready I checked out the results.
My inbox magically went from about 60–70 unread messages to 5. Yeah 5. All the things like Facebook notifications, newsletters, updates, etc where just gone. Well not really “gone” they were just in new folders like @SaneLater, @SaneNews, and @SaneBulk which I could check at my leisure.
Yeah I’m impressed.
If I can save time every morning, heck all day long, just trying to pick out the wheat from the chaff, the cost is worth it. I haven’t paid for the service yet, I’m still going to see how it goes for a week. You do need to “train” SaneBox to make sure important stuff and not so important stuff goes in the right places. Given that “training” is just moving emails to different folders and SaneBox takes care of the rest, it should be pretty easy.
Try it out. Go and set up your account for free, try it, and then pay. It works for my pretty heavy email load…I bet it will work for you too.