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Relying on written notes to set a reminder means leaving your productivity up to chance.

You miss deadlines, forget tasks, and let the easiest parts of your day fall from your radar.

Wouldn’t you rather send reminders straight to your inbox when you know you’ll see them?

We know why sticky notes are ruining your life and how to fix it. Check out the risks you’re taking with written reminders and how to turn over a new leaf by sending tasks straight to your inbox instead.

Pro tip: Get reminders in your inbox with this insanely simple plugin.

5 Risks You Take With Written Reminders

1. Feeling Like You’re Forgetting Something Important — All The Time

Stress and forgetting go hand-in-hand.

When you’re stressed throughout the day, the effects can interfere with your memory.

Our bodies react to stress by pushing stress hormones into the bloodstream. In the long run, stress can even damage areas of the brain.

2. Letting Your Follow-Up Email Slip Through The Cracks

Fact: 70% of unanswered sales email chains stop after the first attempt.

Which means the 30% of sales emails that do follow-up stand a better chance.

Intentional or not, you’re missing out on opportunities and handing them to competitors.

3. Missing An Important Task On Your To Do List 

When you forget a task, you don’t only hurt yourself.

You hurt your team.

And your errors affect how your team treats you.

Picture this: Being left out of the loop, micro-managed, and viewed as a last resort for collaboration.

Not ideal, right?

4. Letting Coworkers Forget Their Deliverables 

You shouldn’t have to babysit your coworkers, but sometimes getting sh*t done requires it.

The issue here is that when you rely on yourself remembering to send a reminder, it puts another task up to chance.

You see the domino effect here, right?

5. Literally Losing Your Paper To Do List

We’ve all seen it.

A desk full of sticky notes with reminders all over.

It’s like they’re sitting there, waiting for accidental disposal or coffee spill.

That, and they don’t travel with you. Work from home for a day and you completely lose phone numbers, names, and other information you need.

*Facepalm for forgetting it at the office.*

How To Set a Reminder With 3 Simple Inbox Tools

1. Use Send Later To Nudge Future You (Or Them) At The Right Time

This one’s great for trying to reach recipients in other time zones and for grabbing your own attention when you know it’ll be better timing.

How it works: Select the time, date, and time zone you want your email delivered. Then sit back and relax, knowing your Send Later will arrive at the best time possible. set a reminder

2. Set a Reminder to Avoid Emails Slipping Through The Cracks

If you don’t want to rely on your own memory to send a follow-up email, try out Reminders.

Add a Reminder to your email then choose the time and date you’d like to receive it (and any necessary notes). You’ll only receive your Reminder if your recipient doesn’t reply to your email:

set a reminder

The Reminder will show up at the top of your inbox, threaded with the email you need to follow-up on.

3. Put Your Follow-Ups On Auto-Pilot With Mail Merge

Mail Merge sets up email campaigns right in your inbox and puts follow-ups on auto-pilot based on whether your recipients replied to the previous email.

How it works: You write emails (and follow-ups) at your convenience. A quick click schedules them to send at your recipient’s convenience. This takes away the burden of remembering to follow-up.

It’s a win-win situation.

Ready to get all three tools in one simple trial? Check out Yesware — totally free. (No card necessary.) set a reminder

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