If you’re someone who operates more than one email ID, and most people usually juggle a work and personal ID, you know that it isn’t always easy to manage the two side by side. Additionally, email is one of those things that just eat away at your time; if you don’t read/answer email, your work gets hampered, but if you set to answering every single email, you might just end up neglecting other important tasks. It’s one of the double-edged swords of modern day. Mailsum is a Mac app worth $4.99 that might help you manage your email better; the app gives you insight into how you handle email on your Mac. It gives a detailed account of how often you send and reply to emails, how much time you take to respond to an email, how many go unanswered and much more.
Note: Mailsum is a paid application worth $4.99 on the Mac App Store. We’re giving away five promo codes to 5 lucky readers, details for which can be found at the end of this article.
Mailsum supports as many accounts as you have in the default Mail app and you can choose to view stats from all or any one of the accounts. The great thing about the app is that it works not just on the new emails you receive after installing it, but also analyzes the ones you’ve received before. Be warned though, if your email is something in GBs, it might take the app a while to index all of it.
The two main tabs that will be of interest to you are the Stats and Graph tabs. The Stats tab tells you how many emails you’ve received, sent, and flagged. Additionally, it tells you how many of those emails were addressed directly to you, how many times you CC’d someone in an email and what your average response time is. You can view these stats in a line graph from the Graph tab, and easily choose which accounts you want to see a graph of.
Mailsum has the option to narrow down the stats by a date range and that helps you chart how productive you’ve been in different weeks.
To change which account you are viewing stats for in the Stats tab, select the little dropdown at the top-right, and choose one of the email IDs or select All Addresses to view consolidated stats from all accounts. Click the Refresh button at the bottom of the window to view updated stats.
An app like this can help you determine if you’re spending too much time answering email. It can also help determine whether you answer more official emails or personal ones. Since email is such an important part of both work and personal life, it isn’t surprising that the two overlap on our time and really can get out of control. It’s precisely where an app like Mailsum can help.
Admittedly, it might not be for everyone, especially those who don’t feel email can ever tax you, but when you feel you’re getting swamped with work, email is what you should try and get under control first.
Giveaway: We’re giving away five promo codes for this Mac app. The giveaway will last for 48 hours. Participation is simple. Follow @addtips on Twitter, tweet/retweet the giveaway and in the comments below, provide a link to your tweet. Alternatively, you may comment on our Facebook or Google+ page, where the comment should preferably be under the shared post and not on the page itself. Our editors will pick the ten winners randomly. Good luck!
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