Purpose: Sortd is a Google skin that you ‘lay over’ your existing Gmail or Google Workspace email. Instead of seeing your email in the traditional fashion, Sortd allows you to set up various columns to turn your emails into To Do’s. This option is only available with the Chrome browser. With Sortd, you can drag emails into custom lists for better organization. The software offers a more visual way of sorting and grouping your emails at a glance.
Benefits: If you prefer to keep your action items in your inbox, this is a great way to sort and manage them. With drag and drop options, you can push that most important email to the top of the list instead of just sorting by date or sender.
Cost: Free, $6, $8, $16
Opinion: As someone who manages their tasks in folders, and their tasks elsewhere, Sortd isn’t really for me. I do like how you can change your view from Kanban board to table to a date assigned list. This allows you to customize to a view that works for you.
You can manually enter other tasks into Sortd, allowing it to be one place to manage your to-dos. However, there is no real way to enter tasks on the fly – you need to be at your email in order to do so – which makes it not as great as other, dedicated, task management apps.
Overall, Sortd is a nice alternative for viewing your action emails within Gmail. If you choose to use it, I’d strongly encourage you to watch the tutorial videos – they’ve got some great information and tips.
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