I never thought about that…which strengthens my case even further. There are probably lots of little tricks users never think of. Shortcuts that would save them a ton of time but they’re buried and most people never know how to set them up let alone use them. This idea builds those features into the normal workflow.
The idea is that most of us instinctively and habitually check our inbox. If these items, and it could be any open loop for that matter, not just the two listed above, automatically showed up in our inbox, without us putting any thought into it, we could leverage the habits and workflows we are already accustomed to.
When an open loop shows up in your inbox, intuitively we know it needs to be processed. Even those of us who aren’t skilled and trained as project managers.
Another good example would be tasks we are “waiting on.” Yes, this is another advanced search we could favorite but for someone that is averse to project management and needs to stay elevated, it would be really convenient if those things automatically showed back up in my inbox…