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The perfect scheduling assistant for busy bloggers

December 17, 2017

Nudgemail

Nudgemail is a wonderful free tool to set reminders for yourself. And it’s really easy to use.

Send an email to nudge@nudgemail.com with the subject “Tomorrow” or “December24” or “nextweek.” The body of the email can be whatever you want, such as a note to pick up the dry cleaning, or to follow up on a call.

The service auto-emails you on the date you picked.

This turns out to be a great way to save ideas and other things for blogging. I’m always on the lookout for material for certain blog posts: holidays, events, conferences and so on.

If I want to write a blog post about a conference in March, I’ll probably aim for publishing in early February. I could create a draft post and save it for the next 2 months, but I still might forget to finish and publish it.

But if I send myself a Nudgemail for Jan. 25, I can be ready to go at the right time.

When I stumble across a great post or video related to Halloween, I don’t want to share it in December. So I’ll write a quick Nudgemail with the video link and time it for Oct. 24.

I can use it to remind myself to check on the status of a guest post, alert other bloggers of system downtime or check if the last part of someone else’s series has been posted.

Sure, I could use a document for saving ideas, or a note on my calendar or to-do list. But since I try to keep those areas relatively simple, I think Nudgemail is the perfect alternative. Set it and forget it. I check my email at least once a day, so I will see any note I send myself.

A few tips on using Nudgemail:

  • When specifying the delivery date in the subject, don’t use spaces. “Dec28” and “december28” will work, but “December 28” will not.
  • The date can also be part of the email address: Send to Dec28@nudgemail.com or tomorrow@nudgemail.com.
  • Don’t send attachments: They won’t come back (which sent me scrambling when I had already deleted the document weeks earlier).
  • If a client asks me to follow up in 2 months, I’ll reply and also BCC to february18@nudgemail.com.
  • It’s a great way to send reminders to yourself when you’re at an off-site meeting and need to take action once you get back to the office. Send an email from your phone to 330pm@nudgemail.com.
  • Set up your app to flag any emails from nudgemail.com as high priority, so they won’t get lost with all your other messages.

The service has a FAQ page that’s well worth your 5 minutes.

I’ve found emails to myself from a year ago that keep me on track today for my blogging. Once you start using Nudgemail, you’ll wonder how you got by before.

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