Am I the only one who does this? I get an idea (sometimes via browsing or a suggestion from someone on IM) and don't want to lose it. But I also don't want to be interrupted by taking my hands off the keyboard. So I just send myself a quick e-mail.

I've heard of people leaving themselves voice mail when they're on the road and have a cell phone.

I dunno. Every once in a while when I do this, I hear my Mom's voice saying "You e-mail yourself! Just grab a Post-It Note and write it down."

Of course that never really stops me. And there are Post-It Notes on my desk, but I seem to only use them for phone numbers and writing down the name of someone when they call. I really hate to forget someone's name half way into a conversation.

Okay, enough of my quirks. Get back to work. Or play. Or whatever.

Posted by jzawodn at May 20, 2003 03:38 PM

Reader Comments
# jr said:

No, you're not the only one. Likewise one other virtue of emailing yourself is the fact that you probalby have multiple boxes pulling it (or pushing in my case). I can always go to my account and find whatever note I need.

Oh yeah, and I leave voice mail for myself too.

But then, I've lost a good many post-it notes over the years.

on May 20, 2003 04:07 PM
# David Raynes said:

I do it myself often enough. Usually when I find something at work and want to look it up again when I get home (or vice versa). It helps with long URLs and I am horrible with paper notes.

on May 20, 2003 04:09 PM
# Jon said:

I'm guilty of that as well... Sometimes if it's on IM I say, "send me and email about it" and the other person is usually like, "Why? I just told you...". Heh. So I usually do it myself to save the hassle.

No voicemail to myself although I do use the "note" feature of my phone which can store something like 30 minutes of thoughts. Pretty much the same thing without having to make a call.

on May 20, 2003 04:23 PM
# Simon Willison said:

I used to email myself frequently, and event CC other accounts (such as a webmail one) to spread the idea around. I recently set up a personal Wiki behind a password prompt and I've not had to email myself since. Personal wikis rock.

on May 20, 2003 04:27 PM
# kasia said:

All the time.. post its are a waste of paper.

on May 20, 2003 06:21 PM
# rick said:

For me it depends. If it's something I have to do at work, and I'm at work, I leave a post-it note. There's lots of important stickies on my monitor. But if I have to send something home or send something to work from home, I use email.

Now a personal wiki... that sounds great. I may look into that.

on May 20, 2003 06:40 PM
# Wolfgang Flamme said:

Sticky notes?
Well, just have a look at this one (one of my favourites):

on May 20, 2003 06:59 PM
# garrett said:

I do that constantly. Good to see it's not just me.

on May 20, 2003 07:07 PM
# milbertus said:

Yeah, I do that, too. Although for me it's usually something cool I've found while at work, and I e-mail my home addy, so I won't forget to check it out once I get home.

on May 20, 2003 07:13 PM
# Morbus Iff said:

Hell no - I do it all the time. Very useful.

on May 20, 2003 07:54 PM
# Skware said:

Yep, I do it too all the time. I'm at work and I see something that I want to read later at home - off goes an email. My mum is always stuck for birthday / christmas ideas, so whenever I see something cool another email is sent. I guess alot of these sort of emails are things I'd blog about once I've got my blog going. I'm also guilty of doing the send me an email about that to colleagues (but at least it leaves a nice permanent record of me being asked to do something)

on May 20, 2003 08:21 PM
# Chris said:

I do it primarly when I'm on my laptop or on a system at work where I don't really want to store my files. I do it occasionally at home though...but more often I'll just load up notepad and do a quick jot down. You know there are programs for Windows that make virtual post-it notes on the computer screen? :)

on May 20, 2003 09:17 PM
# Jan! said:

I started with a "TODO.TXT" file back in 1998, when I didn't have internet access. I used to type in URLs of sites I had to visited as soon as I got online. The first one was That file still exists, and I still use it, but now it's more of my personal weblog than anything else. It even has categories. :-)

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few brewskies watch him surf the web".

on May 21, 2003 03:50 AM
# Darren said:

On a related theme.
I use ICQ at home and work on two separate accounts and am online 24/7 on both.

I use this as a reminder system for stuff to do when I get in to work or stuff to do when I get home.

It works quite well, I tend not to forget to do things anymore.

on May 21, 2003 03:59 AM
# Kalyan Varma said:

I do this all the time. The only issue is I keep the mails in the inbox and never go back to them :D

on May 21, 2003 06:21 AM
# Alex Mitchell said:

You are not alone !
No need to visit your shrink ! (Just yet)
Its normal ! Well I think it is !

Just away to email your URL to myself !


on May 21, 2003 06:30 AM
# Jason Perkins said:

I do it as well - but Rafe's recent post over at regarding Wikis has me wondering about setting up a simple Wiki and then adding (if there isn't already one in existence) an email interface so that I can still send emails as reminders, but have them picked up and added to the wiki automagically...

on May 21, 2003 07:37 AM
# Goran Rakic said:

I often do some work when I am not at home. So, I safe myself from writing cds or copy it to floppy, it is easier to just click "send". And when i came home, my email message will pop out and remind me to do the rest ;).

on May 21, 2003 08:22 AM
# pete said:

Yup, emailing myself is a daily occurence. Especially if it's a reminder that involves computers in some way. Since it's in my email it's available wherever I've got net access, and it gets saved and archived as well.

on May 21, 2003 09:49 AM
# Doug L. said:

Yep, I've done that often enough and for long enough that I have a filter rule that moves these items into my "Self-sent" mailbox.

... programs for Windows that make virtual post-it notes on the computer screen?

Jens Alfke wrote one for the Mac, "Stickies". Don't know which came first.

on May 21, 2003 05:35 PM
# goghs said:

Instead of emailing myself, I like to write email to myself while not sending it out.
I just use email client to write down, and store it into outbox as draft.

on May 22, 2003 11:00 PM
# Hans said:

Yup, do it all the time. Here's something else you can do if your e-mail client can filter incoming mail (what doesn't these days?). Use a prefix in your subject line so that your e-mail app can filter and categorize the mail. For example, create filters for these:


such that each filter moves the mail it matches to a folder for that category.

on May 22, 2003 11:07 PM
# Istvan said:

The way I do this is by adding a extra word to the email subject, this way my previously set up email filters also put it in the right folder,

I add words such as: _NUGGET, _HUMOR, _PROG,


on May 25, 2003 08:06 AM
# joat said:

If you've seen the yellow post-its on my desk at work, you'd understand why I e-mail myself. Oddly, if it's a verbal thing in the office, it gets written down on a post-it, if it's something I've found or have been notified of online, it gets e-malied.

on May 25, 2003 07:35 PM
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If I email text messages to my friends from my AT&T cell phone, will their email addresses come up on my bill (ie when you text their number comes up on the bill) or will they be considered Multimedia Messages?

Any information or direction you have would be appreciated. Thank you!

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