Spend Less Time Checking Mail and Yet Not Miss a Thing

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I use either my Gmail or Facebook account to signup for new services. It saves me the bother of remembering user accounts. Over a period of time, mails from these services cluttered my mailbox. There was a time when I organised mails using filters, labels or even moved them into folders. But of late, I have not been as diligent. Instead, I comb through the unread mails ever so often. I hate to see an unread mail count. Moreover, I fear that an important mail lies buried, somewhere, in that unholy pile of unread mail.

So, it was with some anticipation, that I signed up for Hey mail.

Right off the bat, Hey mail is quiet, disconcertingly so!

Hey gives me control. That’s what I like most about it.

Senders I haven’t seen before, don’t make it into my mailbox; Unless I screen them in. They wait their turn in the lobby. Waiting for me to show up and usher them in to my work space.

Which, by the way, has only three bins or trays.

A tray called paper trail is the home for all kinds of receipts and statements.

The other tray is the feed, which is the home for all promotional content. True to its name, the feed renders its mail as an infinite wall of information — much like Facebook or Google news.

The superlative touch is that neither Feeds nor Paper Trails show an unread count.

Email receipts are on the rise, but rarely do I check them. I can afford to check feeds once a day. The wall display allows me to scan content without opening individual emails. So not showing counts actually makes great sense.

By the process of elimination, the remaining mails land up in the final tray — the imbox. By definition, these should be the important mails. The ones, I need to look at.

Since, I have signed up, the list of important mails has been embarrassingly tiny. And the time I spend on mail too.

Hey has other mechanisms to tame the attention seeking nature of mail software. For starters, notifications are off by default. The ability to switch on notifications for specific contacts is perfect. Similarly too, is the ability to mute active email threads, where I have lost interest.

The real deal with Hey is the ability to reclaim the lost time and focus.

And that may well justify its steep price tag of 99 USD yearly.




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