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The Superhuman tool for email and calendar

Vik Duggal
Vik Duggal
• 1 min read


It’s 2020, it is what it is, and I’m still a heavy email and calendar user. They are the primary tools in my communication workflow and have been since the 90s. I’m anti-Slack and the social tools are truly terrible when it comes to their direct message features. If any product has a long term chance with the 1:many/1:1 it’s going to be email or SMS (brands are botching the first; celebrities are botching the second).

I’ve used GMail since it was in Beta and I was an early user. I’ve tried many desktop apps and GMail in Chrome is something I always keep coming back to. I’ve tried many iOS apps over the years and come back to GMail on iOS regularly.

Until now.

Many people in my world have been using Superhuman and last year I decided to give it a try. I was not only skeptical, but over the last year I’ve gone on and off the platform. Now it is ready for me! I’m using the Chrome app and I have the app on iOS. This is now my primary email client.

This week Superhuman launched calendar in the Chrome app and that has been surprisingly easy to use with keyboard shortcuts. I’ve still got Fantastical as my back up, but the transition is starting.

GMail has gotten slow, even with Michael, my assistant, supporting inbox management - we built a great workflow. Note that I'm 100% keyboard shortcuts user (and you still need a mouse for some things).

With Superhuman I can always keep my hands on the keyboard, it's easier to navigate and the "snippets" let me create my shortcuts. I have a number of other tools in my email workflow that I'll share and update this post with down the road.

I never thought I'd recommend a web-based email client that costs $30/month, but Superhuman is worth it. Wish I was an investor, but for now I'll be a customer.