One important way you can impact your productivity is when you can take a tool that works for you and wrangle more information with it. If you use Microsoft Outlook or Mozilla Thunderbird for e-mail, you may know that you can manage multiple e-mail accounts with the software. For example, if you have an e-mail address with your law firm’s domain (email@example.com) and a personal address from Google Mail, you can access both at once. Being able to look at all of your e-mail at once can reduce the need to have two different applications open or two different places to visit.
Mobile users with Android devices may have missed that possibility, where you might have been using the default e-mail Android e-mail app for one account and an app for another account, like the GMail for Mobile app. You might take a look at K-9 Mail as an alternative. The free app works like typical dessktop software, managing multiple accounts and having a broader feature set for managing each account than the default software in Android.
I have been using K-9 and like the single view to my e-mail. It picks up Google Mail accounts very easily; other accounts may require a bit more customization. Since it uses IMAP – leaving messages on the server even when I move them around and reorganize them – I can always see the latest activity in my accounts without synchronizing, even if I have accessed the accounts from another computer (or even another Android e-mail app!).
If you’re an Android phone user, K-9 is definitely worth a look.