I needed a setup that would allow me to:
- Mark messages in a way to follow up later
- Get a quick look at all the messages I've marked for follow up
- Have that quick look work across multiple folders/accounts
- Be able to get context for the message, including my replies
The next requirement was getting a quick look at the things I needed to follow up on. Thunderbird can search your messages, and you can include the starred state in the query. Further, you can save your search as a folder for convenient access. See this article for how to setup a saved search. I'll spare you the details here.
Now that I've got a folder I can click on to see what needs to be followed up on, I need to get context for those messages. Right now I'm just looking at a flat list of starred messages, no thread details. Enter a lovely feature: "Open in Conversation".
|These conversations kill|
|See you in Hell!|
Now, if you're following along at home and have noticed that your "Open in Conversation" menu entry is greyed out, fear not! This feature depends on the "Global Search and Indexer" being enabled.
|My name is Gloda|
So that's how I stay on top of my email. It keeps me efficient, and lessens the likelihood of something falling through the cracks. A friend who's been a TB user for years wasn't aware of this feature and after describing it to him I realized other people might not be aware, so here ya go!