Why send email to yourself?

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Afraid you’ll forget something? Sometimes it helps to email yourself a reminder!
 
“Send emails to myself!?” you may be thinking… but it’s not as strange as it may sound at first. In fact, sending emails to yourself makes a lot of sense! Today we explore how writing yourself an email can be an effective life hack.
Your email account is accessible on all computers or mobile devices with an internet connection, so your inbox is the perfect place for information you’ll need to access quickly or in multiple locations.
 
Here are six great reasons to send yourself an email:

1. Reminders and lists

How many times have you written yourself a reminder on a sticky note only to have it disappear? Or mislaid your shopping list? On the other hand, how often is your phone out of your hand or more than a foot away nowadays? So nothing could be easier than tapping out a quick reminder in an email and sending it to yourself. And if you write your shopping or to-do list as a mail, you can send it to any or all of your email addresses (or cc your partner or kids) – plus you'll be able to call it up on all your devices. Some services, like mail.com Premium, let you schedule sending times, so you can even write a reminder email to yourself in the future.

2. Proofreading or cooling-off period

Writing an important email like a project proposal or job application? Before you send it to the recipient, it can be helpful to send your final draft to yourself to check the formatting and make sure you caught all the typos. This can also help when you are writing a tricky message, like sending constructive criticism to your boss or smoothing the waters after an argument with a friend. In such cases, send the email to yourself and wait an hour or so before reading it with fresh eyes. This can ensure you don't fire off a message you'll regret later.

3. Backup a file or photo

Your email offers you the perfect insurance policy against losing a document. You can save a draft of whatever you're working on and send it to yourself as an email attachment. Then you always have the option of downloading the file to your device again -- or saving it to your email's cloud storage. Either way, you have an instant backup copy.

4. Information at your fingertips

A link, an address, a photo – whatever you need can be available at a click on any device where you can access your email. Just put it all in a message and send it to your own email inbox(es), where you can call it up whenever needed. Just be sure to write yourself a clear subject line so you can find what you are looking for at a glance! You may even want to make yourself an inbox folder, e.g. "Links for vacation"

5. Instant personal assistant

Your inbox can take care of your filing for you. Take a few minutes (really, no more than five – we promise!) to set up and customize folders and filter rules. Then, for example, you can send yourself a photo as an email attachment as suggested above, give the email a specific subject line like “Family photo,” and have it automatically forwarded to a folder you’ve named “Photos.” Or you could create yourself several alias addresses for specific purposes, and automatically sort emails you send to those addresses into different folders.

 6. Dear Diary…

Nowadays many people like to keep a journal electronically – many of us are faster at typing than writing by hand, and it can be fun to add images and other effects. Email can be the perfect way to create and save entries chronologically, and much safer than storing them on the hard drive of a single device. And if the many thoughts running through your head won’t let you sleep at night, what could be easier than grabbing your phone from your bedside table and jotting them down in an email to yourself? Once you’ve hit send, you may be able to sleep easier.
 
We hope you’ve found these ideas useful! Please give us your feedback below.
 
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