7 Ways to Harness the FutureMe Website for Personal Growth

Write a letter to your future self

Paul Ryburn, M.Sc.
5 min readMar 7, 2021


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FutureMe is a website on which anyone can write an email to their future self, and schedule it to be delivered at a time in the future. The default choices are to deliver the email 1 year, 3 years, or 5 years from the date sent, but you can pick a particular delivery date ranging from 30 days to 50 years in the future.

You can make your letter private, or you can make it public but anonymous so that it can be read by FutureMe website users on the date the email is delivered. The FutureMe user community curates the best public emails.

Obviously, you want to use an address that is going to be accessible for a while, so your best bet is to not use a work or school email address that is not permanent. It also may not be a good idea to use an email address tied to your Internet Service Provider (ISP), since you may change providers at some future point. Email services like Gmail and Yahoo! Mail are safe choices.

Let’s look at 7 possible ways you could use FutureMe to level up your life or the life of someone you know.

Before we get started: Hat tip to Morning Brew’s Sidekick newsletter (sort of an affiliate link; if enough people sign up through my link, I get cool stuff like a coffee mug or a T-shirt) for making me aware of FutureMe. Sidekick is a newsletter full of ideas. It’s free and it’s sent to subscribers every Monday and Thursday afternoon.

Build a relationship with your future self

Many people believe that time does not really exist and that it’s just one of the rules we’ve agreed upon as we play this game called life. If that is true, then every probable future self you have is accessible right here, right now. FutureMe emails could be a way of making friends with your best future self.

For example, if you are starting a career as a musician, you could write a letter to your future musician self, one year from now, well on the pathway to success.

If you decide to use FutureMe for this purpose, here are a couple of tips:

  • Write your email as though you already possess the things you want to have in a year.



Paul Ryburn, M.Sc.

I write about writing, ideas, creativity, intuition, spirituality, life lessons. Ex-college teacher https://ko-fi.com/paulryburn Twitter: @paulryburn