iPhone and iPad users have plenty of email apps to choose from, including Apple’s built-in Mail, which is decent. The problem with most email apps is that you, the recipient, have to figure out what to do with each message– sooner or later. So, try the Triage approach.
Emergency Room Email
More and more I find I’m using my iPhone to handle all of my incoming email. And, true to form, figuring out what to do with each message is the big time waster.
In the hospital emergency room or in a war zone or disaster area, medical personnel determine the priority of patients.
The triage methodology is a bit gruesome but it works. Victims are divided into three categories. 1) Those who are likely to live, regardless of what care they receive.
2) Those who are likely to die, regardless of what care they receive. And, 3) Those for whom immediate care might make a positive difference in outcome.
Triage the app does much the same thing for your email inbox.
That looks simple enough, right?
Instead of the typical inbox list of recent messages, Triage displays messages as a stack of cards.
Flick the message up with your finger to archive it. Flick it down to keep in your inbox for later viewing or action.
Or, tap the email to view the full contents and create a quick reply. The triage method in Triage makes it easier to tackle email on your schedule.
Triage doesn’t cost much and it works with Gmail, Yahoo! Mail, and Apple’s iCloud Mail, and most email servers which support the IMAP protocol. It doesn’t support SMTP, though, and doesn’t have anywhere near the features found in Apple’s Mail.
However, it’s a good first defense against the daily deluge of email.