Email is one of the oldest things on this side of the Internet, and yet very little has changed in decades. It is normal that you always find some application that tries to reinvent the wheel and implement some new way of using email to be more productive.
We have seen cases like those of the late Mailbox that tried to convert the mail into task lists. And something similar does Google with Inbox. If you are not convinced by these alternatives, and you are looking for something to try to speed up your inbox, you may want to try Drag App.
Kanban in your mail
If you do not know how Kanban works, it is an organizational methodwhose fundamental principles are to visualize the workflow, limit the time of what is done at the time, and apply constant changes to eliminate saturation.
For this purpose, a board is usually created in which tasks are organized on cards, and these cards are divided into three main columns: what needs to be done, what is being done and what is already done . Drag adds that structure to Gmail so you can organize your emails according to those three priorities.
Using Drag, a preliminary version
The app is still in development, but in Genbeta we have obtained early access and we have been testing it. The first thing is to give access to your Google account allowing the pop-up window to appear. Once this is done you will see the Drag logo to the right of the input tray and you can activate or deactivate the boards in one click.
Drag automatically creates the labels “Drag To Do”, “Drag Doing”, “Drag Done” and “Drag Archive” and applies them once you start moving emails from one column to another. Unfortunately, at the moment it does not work perfectly, moving an email from one column to another sometimes has lag.
The loading of the boards is not immediate, when you select emails, the archive or delete buttons do not always respond, and some functions are missed such as being able to label the emails directly from the inbox. Things that we hope will be resolved over time and polished for the final version.
Now, it is an early release and during this time they will be receiving feedbackfrom the first users who requested early access to improve the extension. According to Nick Timms, responsible for the application, there are more than 18,000 early adopters registered so far and who will not want to be disappointed.
Today they plan to launch an update to improve loading times and login. As you might expect, this application requests access to your Google account and you can read and manage your Gmail emails, otherwise it would not work.
Drag will collect user data such as the IP address, browser type, the pages you visit through the service (that is, the links you open from Gmail with active Drag), the time you spend on those pages, etc. Something that Google itself and many websites with their cookies already do.
Drag has an interesting approach, if you are a fan of the Kanban method or you are familiar with Trello, it might be good for you to bring that organization methodology to your inbox. Of course, if you want something that works 100% and you do not like to be betatester of anyone, better wait for the final version.