Inbox Snooze Looks Like a Winner for Finding Time


Inbox or Gmail – have you decided?

Inbox or Gmail, Inbox or Gmail. Have you settled on one or the other yet?

One of the things I weigh, when looking at any new tool, is whether the efficiencies it offers make up for what’s lost when you let go of what’s familiar and move on to something new. 

My VA’s old standby has long been Gmail. But she tells me that every time she reads about another interesting Inbox development, she’s tempted.

So far, the draw of Inbox hasn’t been enough to prompt her (or me) to move. But now she tells me there’s this enhancement to the Snooze feature … so I had to take a look!

What does it do? It lets you easily and quickly Snooze items to “just the right time.”

What does that mean? Well, here’s how it’s described on the official Gmail Blog:

Wouldn’t it be nice if your concert ticket appeared at the top of your inbox just before the event started, or your hotel confirmation came back right before you needed to check in?

Starting today, Snooze in Inbox is getting a bit more convenient—when you snooze an email that has dates and times (like event confirmations or shipping notifications), you’ll get a one-tap option to snooze to exactly the right time, like the day of your concert or the morning your package will arrive.

So rather than offering the usual time increment choices for Snoozing an e-mail, Inbox offers you Snooze settings that are relative to the tasks and scheduled events that you’re managing. It’s a smart, intuitive to-do list built right into your inbox.

If you’re planning a trip to the UK next year and book your flight early to lock in a great price, you’ll want your confirmation e-mail to be Snoozing for several months before you need it.

But with Inbox you don’t need to perform any complex calculations to figure out when you want a reminder. Instead, Inbox offers you Snooze choices based on the flight information in your e-mail. A typical option would be something like “a day before your flight.”

It’s probably not going to get me or my VA to switch to Inbox just yet, but that Snooze functionality is certainly a nice feature.

If you’re interested in more information about how Inbox and Gmail compare – and where they even overlap, How Inbox works with Gmail offers a nice overview.

So which is your choice – Inbox or Gmail?  I’d love to hear what you think, because, as you can tell, I am tempted!  😉

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