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.
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.
This 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 4 Simple Tools
1. See the Best Time to Send an Email With This Free Interactive Tool
It’s our mission to help you work smarter from your inbox. That means acing every step of an email from the subject line to send time.
Sending an email at the right time is crucial. You need to find a time that works for your recipient rather than staying focused on yourself.
That’s why we created our Best Time to Send Email Map. It’s a quick, interactive way to see when the ideal time to send an email is.
All you have to do is:
- Enter your location
- Enter your recipient’s location
- See the best time to send
2. Use Send Later To Nudge Future You (Or Them) At The Right Time
Once you have the best time to send an email, use Send Later to make it a reality.
This comes in handy especially when the right time to send falls during less than ideal hours for you.
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.
3. 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:
The Reminder will show up at the top of your inbox, threaded with the email you need to follow-up on.
4. Put Your Follow-Ups On Auto-Pilot With Campaigns
You can set up Campaigns right in your inbox. This way, you put follow-ups on auto-pilot based on whether your recipients replied to the previous email.
How it works: You write emails and create custom tasks 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.
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