Question: How do I archive drafts on Gmail? There are draft emails that I’ve written. I don’t want to send them or delete them. I don’t want them clogging up my drafts inbox (which serves kinda like a to-do list). Yet I want to keep them just in case. How do I archive them?
If you want to keep them as emails I would send them to myself and then add labels to them.
You can use the label “Archived drafts” but more specific ‘folders’ may be appropriate as well. The great thing with Gmail is that you can have as many labels (folders) as you need to find those emails again.
Make sure that your subject is really descriptive though so you will instantly see what the email is about when you are searching for it or looking through your folders.
I’ve archived emails and had to go through dozens of emails to find the one I wanted in the dim and distant past before I thought of that nugget!
Also if you think you might need the email soon, consider starring it.
It sounds like you are using your draft emails as a task manager. Consider using the tasks function on Gmail or have a folder dedicated to this task in Google Drive. The advantage of using Google Drive is that you can star your documents as you would emails and then have another folder called Done within your folder to dump tasks you have dealt with but you may still want to refer to later. You could always do the reverse and have documents in your Google Drive folder and then star the documents/tasks that you have yet to deal with. You could then search for starred documents in the folder and you would only be shown ‘live’ tasks.