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Signing up for services and applications on the web often requires that you share your email address—but this can result in a whole lot of junk mail flowing into your inbox.
This week’s Monday Productivity Pointers focuses on how you can create a temporary email address to use when signing up for web apps and services. You can then receive the confirmation email at your temporary address, confirm your account, and keep your real inbox free of junk mail.
If you use the native Apple Mail app, there’s a particularly helpful feature you should know about: Smart Mailboxes let you create a custom mailbox containing only messages that match the criteria you specify—no matter where they are in Mac Mail. For example, you can create a Smart Mailbox that contains only unread messages sent to you in the last week, or just the messages from your team members. In the first Monday Productivity Pointers video this week, I’ll show you how to create some basic Smart Mailboxes.
These courses are designed to help you create appointments and meetings with ease, use flagging and categories to corral all your inbox email, manage tasks and to-dos, and use Outlook Task List options.
If your inbox gets a steady stream of email every day, you’ll also appreciate these courses’ solid tips for capturing work in Outlook. Another suggestion from Gini Courter is to sort the items that require your action by priority and the amount of time each will take. This sorting then determines whether you set up a task or a calendar appointment and how you take next steps. For more on this, lynda.com members should check out the Capturing work in Outlook movie in the introduction chapter of both Outlook 2010 and Outlook 2007 time management courses.
My new productivity motto: Enjoy your email, and make your calendar and tasks work for you in the new year!