Some of the comments in the Hey.com discussion prompted a thought. Like many of you, I am better off getting all emails OUT of my Inbox and INTO my task manager. In this case, that’s Omnifocus. So here’s the thought, and I’d love feedback:
Is it possible, and would it be useful, to route ALL my emails into my task manager? I know what you’re thinking: why are you going to clutter up your task manager with every email that arrives?
But those emails in my inbox are already tasks I have to deal with, however briefly. So I archive them or act on them or send them to Omnifocus for later. So why not SKIP THE STEP of opening my email app at all?
Omnifocus allows custom perspectives. If I could create a specific tag for email and set up a perspective that effectively acts as my inbox, I could simply open my task manager in the morning and deal with my emails there. If I need to respond to something, I can always click the link back to the original email (in Mailmate, in my case). Otherwise, the email doesn’t get opened while I triage, and the temptation to get distracted goes away.
Does this make sense for someone who gets hundreds of emails? Probably not (although if you isolate the email to a custom perspective in Omnifocus, it probably doesn’t hurt anything, either). But for me, I have gotten rid of lots of email newsletters and I’m filtering out stuff I don’t need to see with custom mailboxes already.
I think I could make this happen with Zapier, if not some kind of other workflow I haven’t thought of yet.
Thoughts? Feedback? How ridiculous is this?