Almost daily, I’ll receive an email (or three) that I absolutely must remember to take care of, but which I can’t deal with at that moment. Given how frenetically I work during my writing hours, my brain isn’t always capable of clocking those memories, so it’s possible I might miss something.
Sometimes, I’ll simply snooze an email until a specific time. But when hitting the metaphorical snooze bar on those emails won’t work, what do I do? The answer is to turn to another feature of Gmail: tasks.
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Gmail’s tasks feature turns an email into a task, without deleting or otherwise changing the original email. With this feature, you can categorize a task, give it a due date/time, add details, and add subtasks.
I’ll even sometimes add a task from an email. I then snooze the email to remind me to reply to let the sender know I’ve received it and will address the contents ASAP. It’s a system that has worked for me for some time now.
You probably already know how to snooze an email, so let me show you how to create a task from one.
How to create a task from an email
What you’ll need: The only things you’ll need for this feature are a valid Gmail account and an email from which to create a task. You can work from either the mobile or the web version of Gmail. I’m going to demonstrate from the web version because that’s where I spend most of my time in Gmail. The mobile version steps are similar, but you access the feature from the email three-button menu.
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Now, open your web browser of choice, and let’s get to the tasks.
Once you’ve taken care of those configurations, you’re finished. You can always re-open the Tasks sidebar by clicking the blue check/circle on the right edge of Gmail in your browser.
And that’s how easy it is to create a task from an email in Gmail. I’ve been using the feature for some time now and it never fails to help me stay on top of emails that I don’t have time to deal with at that moment.