With Tempo, our goal is to offer a calming experience to help you focus on email, work, and everything in between. And with this opinionated approach, comes a workflow that's different from regular email clients.
Here in the Owner's Manual, you'll learn why the Tempo workflow is the way it is, as well as find a list of all features, and a few helpful tips here and there.
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It's invigorating receiving an email from something or from someone that you care about.
But inevitably, the noise creeps in, and your inbox soon becomes overwhelming. This is why we keep it separate from everything else.
By default, Tempo splits your inbox into Priority and Other. Priority being email sent from humans, and Other being for everything else. If you notice something important slipping into Other inbox, you can Mark it as Priority.
You can also select a classic, single inbox if you prefer. Either way, you can choose your setup via Tempo -> Preferences -> Inbox.
Head directly to your Priority inbox via:
A constant stream of email notifications is distracting. We don't want that.
In Tempo, new emails are bundled together and delivered to you in batches. By default, batches are sent to you twice a day but are fully customizable to fit your schedule.
It may take some time to get into the flow of batching, but soon, you'll notice the benefits.
Fewer email distractions give you more time for more in-depth, focused work, and more time to spend on the things you love the most.
Expecting a verification email or waiting to hear back about something crucial? Cut the anticipation by peeking into a batch via the eye-icon.
While we recommend only sorting a batch twice a day Monday-Friday, you can fully customize your batch delivery times around your schedule.
Or turn batches off completely to silently receive emails in real-time.
Found some extra time in your day and want to sort new emails before a batch is due? Click and hold for a few seconds to force the next batch.
Now a good time to sort through everything new? Hit Sort now to go through all new emails.
Prefer to keep an email in your inbox? Well, you can do so.
Not interested but might want to revisit it later? Just archive the email.
Sorting is designed to help you make quick decisions about what you want to do with your new emails so you can get on with your day.
When it's time to check out your latest batch, enter Sort mode to go through all your new mail at once, one-by-one.
In no time, you'll have sorted all your new mail.
Quick reply lets you reply right away; we recommend keeping it short and sweet. Or, hit Forward and let someone else deal with it.
If it's important, mark it as To do. When it's time to work on the email, it'll be safely located in your To do list.
Not a To do but you want to keep it in sight? Simply hit Keep and it will be added to your inbox. Particularly good for newsletters – Jonathan's tip.
Set a Reminder to never forget an email, keeping your inbox and your To do list clutter-free. Revisit them at any time in the Reminders list.
Hit Archive on messages that aren’t important. You can access archived emails via the More dropdown menu or by searching for them.
Do you need to address an email, but it can wait for another time? When sorting through your latest batch, click Remind, select a time and it will move to the Reminders list, keeping it clutter-free.
When choosing a reminder, you can set it for the following day at 9 am, for the following week, mark it as someday, or set a custom reminder. It's up to you.
The Reminders list is stacked based on your chosen reminder times, giving a clear overview of what's coming up, if you ever need to revisit them at any point.
When it's time to be reminded, you'll receive a notification nudging you to revisit that email. You'll notice that every reminder that has passed will be moved to the top of the Reminders list for it to stand out.
In the meantime, if you receive a response to an email with a reminder set, the thread will be moved from the Reminders list to your next batch, so you'll never miss a thing.
Jump to your Reminders list via:
When it's time for you to address your To dos, Focus mode gives you respite from the rest of your desktop, helping you focus on – and savor – the moment you correspond to what's important to you.
Focus mode helps you go through your To do emails consecutively. Once you're done with one, you're on to the next one. You'll spend less time on email, but enjoy every second.
When in Focus mode, you'll notice that the screen is split, with your To do email on the left and the reply compose view on the right. This gives you a clear overview of what you're responding to. When you're done, hit Send & archive, which archives the To do email and moves on to your next email in the list.
Alternatively, hold the Alt key to Send & keep, which keeps the email in your To do space. This is helpful if you want to keep it in sight.
Launch the Focus mode via:
Set a reminder if now’s not the time, moving on to the next email in your To do list.
Archives the email and moves on to the next one.
Not sure how to reply, or maybe need more info? Skip it and address it another time.
It's essential to be able to find an email from anywhere, saving you time. In Tempo, you can search from anywhere using the search window.
Tempo uses a separate search window to help you access information when you need it, without needing to stop your workflow.
Whether it's a specific email or email address, start typing away and you'll find what you need, opening up within the search window. To find an attachment, click the attachment icon.
Tempo also supports Gmail's search operators to help you refine your search, see examples of these in the tip box.
Access search from anywhere via:
You'll notice when sorting your batch, you can Quick reply to an email. While Tempo encourages you to sort through your new email and move on, sometimes you need to respond immediately. If you can't reply under 140-characters, we recommend marking it as To do and keep on sorting.
If you need to pass on information ASAP, you also have the option to Quick forward an email.
Want to Quick reply when sorting through new email, hit:
It's easy to create signatures in Tempo. We recommend adding a new signature with Markdown, as it keeps things clean and simple. Once you're done, toggle preview to see how it looks in context, then give it a title, and remember to mark a signature as default.
However, some workplaces require a stylized signature. You can do this by adding a signature with HTML and pasting the raw code. To add an image, you'll need to find an image hosting site. We recommend Imgur.
If you already have a unique signature created in Gmail, this will be imported over as soon as you connect the account. However, please note that any changes made in Gmail will not be made in Tempo.
When sending an email, your default signature will be auto-assigned. You can then select between your email signatures towards the bottom of the email body.
To add a signature, head to Preferences → Signatures.
For more advanced formatting of your signature like images, tables and etc. you can use HTML.
If you don’t know how to write HTML there are a bunch of signature makers online such as:
Are you waiting for a crucial email that you can't miss? If you mark an email as VIP, you'll get notified instantly when a reply hits your inbox.
To turn off VIP notifications, head to the thread and click the red VIP button, which will turn back to its original state.
Hit the button to mark/unmark a message as VIP.
We want to support as many providers as possible, but at the moment, we're perfecting Tempo on Gmail. After that, we'll port Tempo over. We're a small team, so it might take some time.
Tempo currently supports: MacOS
Coming soon: Android and iOS
Planned for future: iPadOS, Windows
Some day: Linux
To get notified for when Tempo launches on your preferred platform, leave your email address here.
In Tempo, you can access a good number of the app's key actions via keyboard shortcuts. For a full list of keyboard shortcuts, head to Tempo → Preferences → Shortcuts. Here, you can also customize your keyboard bindings.
To see which actions have shortcuts, hold down ⌘ anywhere in the app.