Stupid Simple Mac Tips #71 – SaneLater, Alligator

Stupid Simple Mac Tips #71 – SaneLater, Alligator

By Tom Lambotte | March 23, 2021

Time for another tip involving SaneBox, the wonderful web-based service that integrates with email to organize your messages, orchestrate your time, and make your Inbox zero aspirations a little more achievable

We already explored how @SaneBlackHole permanently banishes unwanted emailers. Now it’s time to prioritize what’s left.

The @SaneLater function has us covered.

When legitimate contacts send valued material that isn’t time-critical (think: newsletters, blog entries, updates), @SaneLater automatically moves it out of your Inbox and holds it at-the-ready until you’ve tackled the pressing work waiting in your Inbox.

Suppose SaneBox is the traffic cop managing your mail. In that case, your Inbox is “green-lighted,” @SaneBlackHole is a hard red, and @SaneLater is the yellow signal: not stopping anything, merely slowing it to a safe speed.

Messages sit in a folder — easy-to-find when you have the time, without cluttering your Inbox or tempting you down a rabbit hole when other tasks should take priority.

Like all dynamic SaneBox tools, @SaneLater is fully trainable: just drag-and-drop messages you’d like re-routed, and it will learn your preferences in a hurry.

To clarify this, let’s say an email hits your Inbox from someone you don’t seem as typically urgent, move it to the @SaneLater folder, and all future emails will go straight to @SaneLater.

And the opposite works the same way. Got an email filtered to the @SaneLater folder that should be in your Inbox? Drag and drop and done.

By automatically keeping less-vital messages from your Inbox, @SaneLater minimizes workday distractions…and by organizing such communiqués in one location, it assures they get proper attention when you have the time. Win/win!

I won’t even be offended if that’s where my tips go.

See you there!

  • March 23, 2021

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Tom Lambotte is a legal technology expert, author and the CEO of GlobalMac IT. He helps Mac-using lawyers with super simple technology, security and efficiency strategies that work. He’s on a mission to help attorneys using Apple computers reduce their security risk and get more out of their technology. Get his free 33 Stupid Simple Mac Tips and score some quick wins to boost your productivity.