A quick way to get context for a message in your inbox

I manage my to-do list partly with tasks, and partly
with mail. I am a "filer": as I receive email, I act on it immediately (read,
respond, forward, file, etc) or I leave it in my inbox until I have time to address

One thing I find myself doing a lot is waiting to hear
back from someone else on an issue. If they don't respond within a certain amount
of time, I often want to remind them that I'm waiting for a response. So here's the
way I do that:

1. Select a message
2. Right click on it
3. Find All | Related Messages (T
his does a
search in the inbox, drafts and sent items for messages from that thread)
4. Find the most recent message in my sent items, and reply to it again

A side benefit of this is that it helps provide a record
of my action - if someone isn't responsive over time, I can show their manager how
I've been contacting them once a week for the last two months. Fortunately that doesn't
happen often :-)

Comments (2)

  1. Becky Campbell says:

    Kase, I just found your blog, and clearly you provide excellent step-by-steps. One thing I’ve been searching high and low for are step-by-step instructions on how to have everyone in a group share the same calendar (yes, they run Exchange Server) with Outlook 2002 clients. And to have anything they enter in their personal Outlook calendar go to the Group calendar unless it’s marked private.

    Also how to have one person schedule a meeting for all 6 people.

    I’ve done extensive research and have found vague descriptions, but no step-by-step. Can you please help???????

    Thank you,

  2. KC Lemson says:

    I’m afraid I’m not an expert in the calendaring part of Outlook, most of my experience is with the mail side. But I’ll take a stab at responding:

    First off, see if http://support.microsoft.com/?id=293162 helps. It may not have all of the features you’re looking for, but it might be a halfway solution, better than what you have today.

    Also try browsing through http://www.slipstick.com to see if you find a solution that meets your needs, here are a few URLs to get you started:
    http://www.slipstick.com/calendar/scheduleall.htm http://www.slipstick.com/addins/calendar.htm and http://www.slipstick.com/outlook/share.htm.

    Sorry I couldn’t be more help,

    – KC

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