This is one of my daily productivity secrets (and it’s one of my favorite plugins I’ve been using) called Boomerang. Simply concept- when you send or receive any email, you can automate the message to ping back to the top of your inbox at a time you set or if the person doesn’t respond (that way you don’t forget about if the person responded to your email or not). It is dead simple to use- and most importantly it makes you more efficient + removes more clutter from your brain (there’s nothing worse than having to remember “did that person ever respond to my email!?”). I’ve been using it for a couple months now, loving it. They have plugins for both Gmail and Outlook: http://www.baydin.com
Here’s what it looks like in Gmail at the bottom of every new message:
When emails are ‘Boomeranged’ back to you, this is the message sent:
You can also set returns for incoming emails like this:
It works for both Gmail and Outlook and you can download it here: http://www.baydin.com
I was fascinated listening to Casey Ligon speak and teach about design + lettering. Let’s be real, I have no business being at an event like this (i’m not a graphic artist). However, I find it fascinating to hear creatives tell their stories and talk about their process. If you really look at what she did- she wasn’t privileged in any way. She hustled her way into working as an intern at Hallmark. And put her head down in learning all the basics and standards to lettering against her will (she wanted to do more creative experimental work). And it was in her ‘free time’ outside of work, she really crafted her talents doing what she does now. She didn’t say this specifically- but her formula is simple. Study up on the standards and the basics. Know them in and out. And then learn to break those rules carefully and develop your own style + creativity. There’s something to be said about this approach- works in many industries. There are many prerequisites and table stakes in life that people often don’t want to put the work in doing first. For Casey, it all came full circle when she really started developing as an artist- the things she hated learning about and perfecting, then became the foundation for how she makes her work unique. Check out her stuff on Insta: https://instagram.com/caseyligon/
There is a dark, dirty secret no one tells you when you start down the path of trying to scale the career of “agency life.” As being someone who recently left the agency world last year, it’s been refreshing looking from the outside in on the 10 years I spent in the space. It’s not to say the experiences you get working at an agency aren’t great- they are. I wouldn’t change the path I took. For me, it was a powerful moment looking at these words on a PPT slide. And I’m happier than ever leaving when I did, it’s been the best decision. But man- this hit me like a punch to the face. These words mean so much more than I thought they ever would.
PPT slide credit: Carson Catlin, InTouch Solutions