Gmail Tips and Tricks To Make You More Productive At Work

By Jonathan Emmen
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If you have adopted Gmail as your preferred email platform, you are not alone. It’s a popular choice for many reasons.

  • It’s intuitive, very easy to use.
  • It comes with many useful features.
  • It’s free.
  • Then, there are all of the apps and plugins that have been developed to make Gmail work even better.

At the end of the day, though, email is email. As great as Gmail is, chances are you are still spending too much time dealing with emails, and not enough time being productive.

The good news, however, is that there are many tips and techniques that you can use to make Gmail work even better.

Here are 7 of them that you can try today.

1. Use Unroll.Me to Manage Your Subscriptions

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Almost all of us have at least a dozen or so email subscriptions that are absolutely useless to us, sometimes more.

Unfortunately, the idea of sitting down, and doing the work of unsubscribing is absolutely dreadful. Even clicking on the emails as we receive them, and unsubscribing takes up too much time.

Instead, many people simply delete the emails unopened as they come in. Unfortunately, even that is a waste of time.

With Unroll.Me, the process is easy and automated. The utility simply aggregates a list of your email subscriptions and gives you the option of unsubscribing or keeping the subscription active.

In just five minutes, you can make a serious dent in your inbox clutter problem.

2. Let Hiver Snooze Emails and Send Emails later

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If you follow the principles of time management, you know that everything that comes across your desk falls into one of four categories. Email is no different. They are one of the following:

  • Unimportant and not urgent (spam)
  • Urgent and Important (open and deal with immediately)
  • Urgent and unimportant (send to an underlying or quickly deal with yourself)
  • Important but not urgent

It’s the latter one that is tricky. If you ignore it, and plan to deal with it later, you risk forgetting about it altogether and causing yourself all sorts of problems.

Hiver allows you to hit the snooze button on an important email. This way, the email will be brought to your attention later on. It also allows you to send an email at a later time.

This trick is perfect for people who are committed to developing habits that lead to success.

3. Create Custom Filters

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Google comes with a great set of built-in filters, but you can increase your productivity even more by adding your own.

You can add filters to send mail from certain addresses into specific folders, for example, or filter certain keywords to junk mail. The result will be a cleaner inbox, and the ability to easily find emails that have been neatly sorted into custom folders.

This is a great solution for senders that you don’t want to flag as spam, but who you don’t want cluttering your inbox

4. Build a Beautiful Set of IFTTT Recipes For Gmail

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IFTTT pairs absolutely wonderfully with Gmail. Here are just a few examples of recipes you can create with IFTTT and Gmail:

  • Sending email attachments directly to DropBox
  • Create calendar entries when emails are labeled “To Do”
  • Get text alerts when you receive mail from certain senders
  • Send starred emails to Evernote

With a little bit of experimenting, you can probably come up with even more recipes on your own.

This automation will help you to become more productive, and save time.

If you could create the ideal Gmail recipe, what actions would you have the app take?

5. Use Shared Email Templates to Save Time

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Hiver enables you to create templates so that you no longer have to write repetitive emails.

On top of this, you can also share your email templates with other users who use Hiver!

This way, you don’t waste time composing the same responses over and over again, and you also save time for the entire team.

If you have email subscribers, you can use Shared templates to send out an automated thank you to new subscribers, rather than contacting them one by  one.

6. Manage Complex Conversations With Quoted Text

Somebody has sent you a novel of an email that covers multiple subjects, and that makes multiple points.

How do you respond in a way that allows you to keep track of your own thoughts, and allows the recipient to easily understand which points you are addressing and why?

One thing that you can do is go into Gmail labs and enable quoted text. This gives you the ability to select and snip out text from an email you have received and paste it, elegantly into your email.

This way both you and the person you are communicating with can keep things straight.

Quoting text is also a great way to avoid unintentional misunderstandings.

7. Use Unread Messages to Treat FOMO

If you are continually checking your inbox, you aren’t likely to miss out on anything important. Unfortunately, doing this can seriously degrade your productivity.

You can make checking up on your inbox a bit faster and easier by enabling Unread Messages in Gmail Labs. Once you do this, the number of unread emails in your inbox will show  up in your browser tab.

This means you can know at a glance whether or not it is time to open Gmail and read. Wouldn’t this be much less stressful than stopping what you are doing to check your inbox?

Wrapping Up

Email is both a productivity tool and a time waster.

Hopefully, you can use these tips, tricks, and techniques to improve your experience with an already great email product, and boost your productivity at the same time.

Finally, keep your Gmail updated and make a note to look into the latest offerings from Gmail labs on a regular basis.

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About the author

Jonathan Emmen – is a passionate blogger whose articles relate to the marketing sphere and development of writing skills. Follow him onTwitter to find more.

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  • Karen Evans

    May 26, 2016 11:10 pm

    How about tips on how to fix the fonts issue in Gmail so it doesn't look like a 3 year send an email. It's so unprofessional and long known by Google...I'm appalled that it hasn't been fixed yet! If you copy and paste from outside of Gmail or from another email within Gmail, the fonts are all over the map. If you insert text, it's different from the font you are inserting into...even though it looks fine...It's really not. Short of drafting everything in a text editor...Are there any fixes? This is very time consuming for us and makes us look really bad. Thanks for any help you can provide!

  • Kanika Wadhwa

    December 7, 2016 4:45 pm

    Dear Thank you for sharing such a nice information with us. Your article is very useful. Your tips are very excellent. I tried Custom Filters this didn't work when i made a filter with name XYZ. But still my mails were coming in my inbox then i have to move that particular mail to XYZ filter. I am glad that you showed the simplest method for all. With this, I would love to share some few "Gmail Tips and Tricks" so here I go https://goo.gl/cVYvrU Regards Kanika

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