Iâ€™ve been trying to use Googleâ€™s Inbox for the last few days, without much luck. Itâ€™s kind of a similar situation to Mailbox, a few months back.
Iâ€™m really on board with the idea of reimagining email, though. My conclusion at this point is that the design of this rather similar apps is that they just donâ€™t work well for me.
The thing is, to really make use of either of them to their full ability, I have to go into Gmail and turn off all the filters that automatically sort most of my messages into folders and bypass the inbox. I also need to think about a new model of handling the â€œto doâ€ emails. I donâ€™t typically think of my personal* emails as â€œdo nowâ€ or â€œdo in a week.â€ Mostly, they are â€œdo this as soon as you have the energy to do it,â€ which means that my emails stick around in the inbox or relevant folder, marked unread, until I can handle them. Also, in the past year I really started using Evernote for many things, including keeping track of tasks. I hesitate to open up another source of to-dos.
The ability to make email disappear until Iâ€™m ready to handle them sounds really cool, but itâ€™s just not the way Iâ€™ve worked – I generally donâ€™t have specific dates where I think I can deal with them.
The bundling capability in Inbox also looks pretty cool but, again, Iâ€™ve gotten a pretty good handle on my email through heavy use of folders (or labels, if you will).
What I really want to do is try out Inbox for my work email. Thatâ€™s where I always have emails that I want to follow up with at specific times and have a continuous stream of topics where I canâ€™t really predict how Iâ€™ll want to support them. Maybe one day.
*As it turns out, â€œpersonalâ€ actually means â€œpersonal-for-fun and personal-for-all-professional-activities-outside-my-job.”