How To Set Follow-ups & Reminders On Emails Without Installing Anything

Email and speed go hand in hand. So when you need to quickly schedule a message for later or send yourself a reminder to follow up on something, turn to Reme.io or ReminderBaba, two fantastic web apps.

Gmail users can set a reminder to follow up on an email or schedule it to be sent later with mxHero Toolbox, but that doesn’t solve all your needs. First, it’s only for Chrome. And of course, it works only with Gmail. Reme.io and ReminderBaba offer a more elegant solution.

Reme.io

The sheer speed with which Reme.io lets you operate is what makes it a winner. Visit the site and there’s no need to sign up or sign in with anything. Just type your message in the given box, choose the date and time (only available in half-hour intervals), and add the recipients.

Reme.io Quickly Create Reminder Email   How To Set Follow ups & Reminders On Emails Without Installing Anything

The downside to not signing in is that you will need to know the recipients’ email addresses and can’t just select them from your contact book. The upside is that since there’s no sign-up, Reme.io can work as a way to send completely anonymous mails and reminders too.

Once you’re done, Reme.io shows a preview of what you just chose and if something is off, you can hit the “Edit” button in the corner to rectify your mistakes. When it’s time for the mail to arrive in your inbox, it looks a little something like this:

Reme.io Email Final   How To Set Follow ups & Reminders On Emails Without Installing Anything

As you can see, you get the original message but there’s no way to tell who sent it. Also, there are shortcuts to reschedule that reminder for later in one click, or set a new reminder. Reme.io detects the timezone on your device and uses that to send you the reminder.

Reme.io is the perfect example of a light and quick web application that does its job perfectly. The only trick you’ll need to learn is remember the site’s name, but that should be easy with after using it for a while.

ReminderBaba

ReminderBaba is a service that’s quite similar to FollowUp, which lets you easily set follow-up reminders through your email. The big difference? ReminderBaba is completely free!

Reminderbaba 2 minute reminder example   How To Set Follow ups & Reminders On Emails Without Installing Anything

So here’s how it works. When you’re sending an email and want to follow it up, just add one of ReminderBaba’s email addresses in the CC or BCC field. The service has a bunch of formats for different types of follow-ups. For example:

  • 6hours@reminderbaba.com -> Get a follow-up in 6 hours
  • everyMon5pm@reminderbaba.com -> Get a follow-up every Monday at 5pm
  • 13jan2015@reminderbaba.com -> Get a follow-up on January 13, 2015
  • every15may8am@reminderbaba.com -> Get a follow-up every May 15 at 8am

Some of these formats cover recurring reminders too. There’s a full list of these formats at ReminderBaba’s website, but they are understandably difficult to remember. Well, we have a trick to bail you out.

Reminderbaba Formats Gmail   How To Set Follow ups & Reminders On Emails Without Installing Anything

Copy all those formats and paste them in a new email. Give it the subject line “ReminderBaba Formats” and send it to yourself. Because Gmail’s compose box lets you use the inbox in the background, you can just search for “ReminderBaba Formats” there and use the right format when you are writing a mail. It’s super-quick and you never need to leave that email tab!

Oh yeah, and if you ever want to see which ReminderBaba emails are waiting to be sent to your email, you can send a mail to “pending@reminderbaba.com” to get a full list.

Email Reminders Or Apps?

The question now really is whether you find email reminders better or do you prefer to use a dedicated app for these. Which camp are you in and why? Drop a line in the comments and debate!

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6 Comments -

David

Maybe someone can help me out. I currently use pocket informantfor all my tasks. It has one feature I’ve never found in any other task program, but it lacks something I want. I can have a task recur based on when it was completed. It only does a minimum of daily tasks and I would like to be able to do hourly tasks as well.

Phid

If you’rue using Gmail, why not just use Google Calendar to send an email reminder at a certain time? Also, I imagine there are ways with IFTTT to create automatic reminders (without installing anything).

TheHut

I like Followupthen.com , it has a lot of options and is easy to use without going to their site or even signing up.

Athena

I agree with Phid about Google Calendar.

It’s ideal for those with a lot of deadlines, as well as a lot of whatever else in their minds (and thus tend to be forgetful), because you can configure how many reminders you want to receive when you want them (minutes, hours, days, and so on), as well as how you want them (pop-up, email, even SMS).

Best of all, it’s free.

asdf

I agree tried all sorts of different options but Followupthen is the best!
http://www.fut.io