how can I email myself in the future?
June 26, 2007 9:09 AM   Subscribe

I want to be able to email myself into the future, using Gmail. So for example, 3 months from now, I want to receive an email from myself reminding me to renew the license sticker on my car. How can I do this? If not Gmail, then how?
posted by esolo to Technology (21 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
Sign up for "I Want Sandy".
posted by cmiller at 9:11 AM on June 26, 2007

GMail doesn't directly allow this. Use
posted by dcjd at 9:12 AM on June 26, 2007

Seriously, you've never considered using any of the online/offline calendars with a "reminder" function?
posted by meehawl at 9:13 AM on June 26, 2007

Can't you use Google Calendar and tell it to send you an email reminder?
posted by sephira at 9:13 AM on June 26, 2007

My Gmail account now has a new link at the top that says "New! Event Reminders!" which takes one to a calendar, which seems to accomplish exactly what you want.
posted by occhiblu at 9:14 AM on June 26, 2007

Seconding dcjd's advice to use futureme. I've used it in the past myself, and even forgotten about some of the emails! Hasn't failed me so far.
posted by srrh at 9:14 AM on June 26, 2007

Woops. I guess GMail does allow this. I totally forgot about the calendar feature.
posted by dcjd at 9:14 AM on June 26, 2007

Here's a link for the info that occhiblu is talking about.
posted by at 9:16 AM on June 26, 2007

GCal is your friend... it will even text you too! (for free)
posted by tomw at 9:17 AM on June 26, 2007

Response by poster: meehawl: i have, for years. Doesn't really work for me anymore, coz i am dependent on that specific software. I want to be able to receive emails which stay in my inbox until the task is resolved. Otherwise, I just dismiss it, and forget about it.
posted by esolo at 9:17 AM on June 26, 2007

Google Calender is the way to go!
posted by uncballzer at 9:20 AM on June 26, 2007

A further note about I want Sandy: You normally work with it entirely through email.

"To: Sandy
Subject: Remind me about my license sticker in 3 months

Go to the DMV and blah blah blah. It'll cost $50."

posted by cmiller at 9:21 AM on June 26, 2007 [1 favorite]

google calendar is the easiest way.
posted by corpse at 10:05 AM on June 26, 2007

Time Cave does this as well.
posted by futility closet at 10:14 AM on June 26, 2007

Google Calender, iCal, etc, etc, all do this. They will email you reminders.
posted by chunking express at 10:58 AM on June 26, 2007

The Google calendar is amazing. You can also have it send you a text message to your cell phone.
posted by HotPatatta at 11:01 AM on June 26, 2007

nthing Google Calender reminders...I use it to remember to do Gas Meter readings. One word of caution is that for awhile there, the default settings for the reminders didn't actually e-mail you, so you will want to make sure you test it out before you go into "fire and forget mode"
posted by mmascolino at 11:05 AM on June 26, 2007

Yeah, it looks like you have to go into the Options section and specify email.
posted by occhiblu at 11:16 AM on June 26, 2007

As an alternative, I use for that purpose. It sends SMS messages to my cellphone reminding me of appointments and tasks. You can specify the time and date, so its handy for appointments. Oh, and its free.
posted by Joh at 12:42 PM on June 26, 2007

Amazon sells real calandars. The Stuff on my Cat daily one is isnteresting enough to remind you to turn the page every day.
posted by longsleeves at 10:22 PM on June 26, 2007

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