Let’s debunk a myth right here.
FLOW-e is NOT just for tasks that come from emails. If you’re a member of the FLOW-e community already, you must know that our team’s goal is making a tool that is as flexible as your schedule demands. We know how life can be. In any given day, any task could come your way. You never know when you’ll get an actionable task and where it’ll come from. That’s why your FLOW-e workflow has you covered.
Although FLOW-e is built on email, as it is the main channel for professional tasks and communication (it’s the back bone of the Internet!), the FLOW-e workflow can handle tasks that arise in any other circumstances.
By mapping standalone cards in the columns of your workflow, you can account for tasks that did not come from the email channel, but from somewhere else entirely.
What can you use standalone cards in FLOW-e for on a daily basis:
- Your own brainstorming needs
- You want to map tasks coming from a live conversation that happened just now
- Any tasks that have come from other channels that are not email
- Any task you would like to add to an existing group of conversations (you can group standalone task cards, find out how at this link)
How do I add standalone cards to my FLOW-e?
First, make sure you have enabled the Cards without email power-up from the dedicated menu. By enabling this feature, you are giving your user the ability to make new cards in the workflow even if they’re not coming from email. This means you can use FLOW-e as your general task manager.
Making new task cards is very similar to starting a new email conversation (they’re living in the same workflow and the creation process reflects that) A “+” icon at the top of every column allows you to make new cards in that column. Clicking it produces a new card that requires you to add the name of your task as a card title.
Add additional information in the card description and create the new card. It will appear at the top of the column from which it was created.
The new task has its own menu like any other card on the board. You can edit it by opening it up in this mode, mark it as done, change its column, and delete it.
As with any other cards on the board, you can add To Dos and deadlines to your any standalone card if you have enabled these functions from the power-ups menu.
The Future of Standalone Cards
In order to keep things in the vein of email and all your tasks in one place, we are planning to make it possible to send a standalone card as an email. Essentially, this keeps everything in the same loop between your feed of incoming messages and your workflow. It also minimizes the chances of your work being scattered all over the place (the worst!)