So I wrote a previous post about trying to get to Inbox Zero. I can’t believe that was over two years ago! I just re-read it and realized that I’m not using any of the methods or tools in that post. I guess they didn’t work out too well. The good news is that I think I have finally found a way to Inbox Zero using ActiveInbox and Trello.
A friend referred me to ActiveInbox and I thought to myself, why had this not been done before? It’s for Gmail users only, so if you don’t use Gmail – it’s worth starting to use it just for this add-on! Trust me. The GTD philosophy is used in this add-on to create tasks, due dates, projects, and all sorts of cool stuff using your email. You can add notes and to-do’s right inside each email. It is really hard to explain without a visual, so check out their website or just start a free trial. Yes, it costs money for this one. I usually try to use free tools whenever possible, but I was hooked after a couple days.
My only complaint is that the projects that you create aren’t visual enough for me, so if something fits into a project that’s when I add it to Trello which is a great visual “board” where you can create lists too and prioritize them as you walk tasks through to get them to completion. They’ve got an app for iOS too which makes it even more awesome.
I’m going to stop there before I sound too salesy. The links for these two tools are affiliate links, but I would be writing this way about them anyway. (Honestly, those links don’t get me much at all – I just want to reward the creators of the products because they are lifesavers).
Give them a shot and let me know what you think. Trello is free, so maybe start there