There are times when I gravitate toward using a Mac utility because it’s different and that causes me to rethink my processes and procedures. Take email. Puhleeze. If ever there was a killer app, it’s email. It’s always there, always bothering us, always asking for attention; it takes effort from users, but doesn’t give pleasure in return.
So, think different with Mail Mini, a Mac Menubar utility which, as the ‘mini’ in the name implies, doesn’t do much. In fact, Mail Mini does almost nothing except tell you when new unread email messages have arrived.
What’s the advantage of that? Doesn’t Mail or most email apps do the same thing? Yes, but that’s all Mail Mini does, so you can keep your regular email application closed, which reduces the urge to view and reply to incoming messages.
Mail Mini sits in the Menubar, checks for new unread messages on your email accounts (using IMAP only), displays when it was last refreshed and how many unread messages are available for each email account.
One click to the Menubar displays each email account and the number of unread messages in each, but the Menubar itself displays the total number of unread messages.
Mail does much the same thing in the Dock, but that requires Mail to be running. Mail Mini does not, and that’s the beauty of using the utility as it reduces the urge to view or reply to each incoming message, so it’s good as a focus item for GTD followers.
Mail Mini supports the IMAP protocol (instead of POP) so it should work fine with Gmail, Yahoo!, iCloud, AOL, Outlook, and others. You’ll still need to use Mail or Outlook or whatever email app you use to read and respond or act upon email messages. Mail Mini simply notifies you how many messages are unread from each email account.
And that’s not bad for people who know the value of GTD, focus, and the dangers of constant interruptions.