My New Email Strategy: The Email Game and ActiveInbox

A while ago I tweeted about how poor I am with email. I’ve tried various methods. I tried automatically filtering all the non-essential email into subfolders, but as some commenters pointed out, I soon never checked these subfolders. I tried unsubscribing from everything, but this seemed an impossible task.¬†Then¬†Will Sansbury recommended that I try The Email Game, and I actually love it.

The Email Game

The Email Game

The Email Game works only with Gmail and Google Apps. Once you type in your email address, The Email Game sucks in about 50 of your latest gmail messages and lets you process them rapidly — replying, archiving, labeling, and so on. There’s a timer counting down with each email, so that you don’t spend too long replying.

For email that I need to save and address later, I label it with the Next, Action, or Waiting On labels that come with ActiveInbox. ActiveInbox is a plugin for Gmail that incorporates some Getting Things Done philosophy into email.

Using The Email Game in combination with ActiveInbox works beautifully.

One limitation with The Email Game is the inability to log in and thereby save your email signature. However, if you bookmark an address like the following:

then it logs you in automatically.

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By Tom Johnson

I'm a technical writer working for the 41st Parameter in San Jose, California. I'm interested in topics related to technical writing, such as visual communication, API documentation, information architecture, web publishing, JavaScript, front-end design, content strategy, Jekyll, and more. Feel free to contact me with any questions.

  • Craig

    I am willing to try *anything.*

    • Tom Johnson

      This made me chuckle. Thanks Craig.

  • Shweta Hardikar

    I have tried it and loved the way it helps organize my mails.

  • Craig

    Have you tried Other In Box (

    • Tom Johnson

      I didn’t, but I’ll check it out. Thanks.

  • Craig

    I have found something that works. I have email lists that I don’t want to give up, but I don’t need them right now. So I set up filters to delete them. I am still subscribed to the lists an can change the filters any time. My email flood is now a manageable trickle.

    • Tom Johnson

      Interesting. The filters automatically delete the incoming messages? The listserv flood is something I’m still trying to control.

      • Craig

        GMail has a filter flag you can set for “delete.” It’s been working fine for me.

  • Nazeer

    Oll so ripering hiar avlewal