Here’s the deal. Assuming you’ve got a gmail account (feel free to leave a comment if you need one), you can pre-sort email messages to yourself simply by adding a plus sign (+) and a label name to the end of your gmail user name.
- First create a new filter for "ideas" in gmail. Make the filter skip the inbox and go directly to archives. While you’re at it, create a new "ideas" label as well.
- Next test out your new trick by sending yourself an email to your gmail account with the "ideas" label tagged onto it (ie, firstname.lastname@example.org). You can test this by sending the message from any email account, not just gmail.
- If everything worked fine, you should have one new message waiting for you in your "ideas" label.
- Assuming it worked, you can now set up an ActiveWords action, or other macro kinda thing to fire up a new email to your new label whenever you want to drop an idea in there.
At White’s of Henry Lane, he suggests a whole bunch of other labels you can use, including ‘notes’, ‘blessings’, and even ‘YayMe’ (a great idea for keeping those Yay Me bits).
This is such a great little hack that I wanted to use it at work too, but apparently our Exchange server doesn’t like the extra stuff on the end of the username. Guess I’ll be sticking with gmail for this one…
UPDATE: Andrew just posted a workaround for the Outlook deal. I’ve actually had great success with this method in the past, but your mileage may vary.