Sending emails whenever a SharePoint list item is created or modified is one of the regular requirement. The best scenario is to send approval notifications or status updates of the list items to different people as on when they are updated or created. I use SharePoint designer Workflows a lot for these kind of requirements. (however SPD workflows can really solve really complex problems)
Here is the scenario: Send an approval notice with today’s date in the email body. There is no direct or pre built component available to get the current date value in SharePoint designer workflows
- Create a Workflow variable with Date as the type.
- Set the Workflow variable before using it. When you try to set the variable SPD will provide you an option with setting its default value.
- Use the variable in the Email body