Ok, we tried… We did everything we could.
Despite the best efforts of the brightest minds in the world, it’s clear that email is here to stay.
The worst thing about email is how it hijacks your train of thought… The second you open that window you’re bombarded by dozens of threads, conversations, requests and ideas, all competing for your immediate attention.
But what if, instead of a hijacking your train of thought, you had an email client that actually helped you focus?
That’s Focusmail. It’s email, without the distraction of email.
How does it work?
- Focusmail is like a window into your email, but by default the shades are drawn. You can draft and send those critical planned emails without distraction, without interference.
- Need to reply to something? No problem, just tell Focusmail what you’re working on and it will only show you the emails you need to get your task done.
- Got all the important stuff is out of the way and ready to plow through to inbox zero? Easy… And Focusmail will help prioritise getting you there.
Focusmail is available as a Gmail and Google Apps plugin that installs in seconds.
Note: This does not actually exist. I’ve tried the batching and “don’t check until ready” approach to email, and the thing that fails me is the UX of email clients itself… They are designed to present as much actionable data in front of you as possible, which works in exactly the opposite direction of the goal of focus.
I had the idea for a way to solve this about an hour ago, and liked the idea of the challenge to knock together a Minimum Viable Pitch in a market completely different to the one I spend my days in with Bugcrowd.
I haven’t built this, and I won’t be building or pursing this - And if you think it’s a good idea and sells well you probably should (alternatively, if you’re a mad Google Labs plugins type please knock it together so I can use it!).
Go register the domain and get into it. It’s a pretty simple app at it’s core and it solves a problem many people have.