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3 Absurdly Easy Productivity Tools, That Solve Massive Problems, You Didn’t Even Realise Exist.

I’ve been telling everyone and anyone who will listen to me for about 3 years now, that Followupthen is an absolute must if you want to be the most productive version of yourself.

I’ve been a massive fan-boy for years for various reasons. For starters, it is the easiest tool you will ever get started on. Next time you are sending an email, just BCC tomorrow@followupthen.com. If you have never used the service before, Followupthen will respond with a welcome email and some how to get started info. You never even have to leave your email inbox.

So what does that tomorrow@followupthen.com in the BCC field even mean?

Whatever @followupthen.com email address you use, that’s when that email will come back into your inbox as a reminder.

Say you use 4days@followupthen.com. In 4 days, regardless of if the person responds or not, this email will return to your inbox. It’s the perfect way to remind yourself about anything you absolutely must remember, but don’t want to clog your brain up TRYING TO remember.

I use it for things like insurance reminders (1year@followupthen.com), birthdays (29dec@followupthen.com) and meeting reminders (4hours@followupthen.com).

But wait, there’s more!

When you pay for the premium service (it’s very inexpensive for what you get), you can append -r to any followupthen.com email address that you make up, and the email will only come back into your inbox if the person hasn’t responded. Like this, tomorrow-r@followupthen.com.

So you no longer have to set reminders or tasks to follow up on important things you want to make sure were not missed.

You can even schedule the reminder to come to your phone by SMS. Just add – sms.

everyMonday9am-sms@followupthen.com

An email sent to this address, will remind you every Monday at 9am, both via email and SMS.

You can either use a followupthen.com email address in a BCC field, to only remind you, in a CC to remind everyone in the email, or you can send an email directly to it to just use it as your personal scheduling tool.

How clever is that tool?

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How often do you set off researching a particular topic which finds you opening a whole bunch of tabs in Chrome, only to have to close the browser because your day is finished or you just need to get onto another task? When you get time to go back, you have lost your place or can’t remember what that website was that you found. It’s frustrating and a complete waste of time.

Session Buddy solves this.

An extension is Chrome it gives you a one-button click to save every tab in your session as one group. Not only can you close all those browser tabs without losing where you were at, but it’s also ridiculously easy to open the tabs up again in one window.

If you ever find yourself closing lots of tabs at once, with any amount of anxiety about losing that work, this extension is an absolute lifesaver.

Grammarly is both a web application and Chrome Extension (this is how I use it) for editing text. Most of the time I don’t even know I’m using it while I’m using it, it is that well integrated into your browser experience.

If you write any text within the browser, like website copy, Grammarly automatically checks your work as you go and provides grammar and spelling suggestions in the editor (wherever you are) as you type.

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