Get Reminders About E-mail You Don't Have Time to Answer

Last Updated Oct 24, 2010 11:18 PM EDT

I get such a high volume of e-mail that I need to follow the touch-once strategy -- read it, act on it, and delete it. If I read and defer messages till later, they get lost and I fall behind. But sometimes it's unavoidable, and I always have some read messages clanging around in my inbox waiting for action. I've recently found a tool to make sure those e-mails don't get lost in the shuffle.

When you get an e-mail you need to be reminded about sometime in the future, forward it to Laytr. You can employ all sorts of keywords in the TO line; send the e-mail to,, or even The e-mail will reappear at the top of your inbox when you request it.

You can check out the full list of keywords to see all the options you have for delaying your e-mail reminder. I'm somewhat charmed to see that one of the supported keywords is fortnight (which resends your e-mail in two weeks, for those of you who received a public school education).

It's a great way to get reminded about messages you don't have time to deal with -- or can't deal with -- until a particular time.

That's not all. Laytr also lets you forward the message to other people at said time as well, just by including their names in parenthesis in the subject line. It might sound a little convoluted, but it works pretty elegantly -- it's free, so you can try it out and see for yourself.