3 Gmail tricks that can save you hours every week
It’s totally unbearable and massively inefficient to process countless emails every day. And yet, to have any chance of success in today’s information world, you must communicate via email.
As you succeed, you become more networked, and more dependent on others to achieve even bigger milestones. As a result, your email volume just increases, while higher expectations require even faster responses and decision making. It’s a seemingly impossible cycle.
This is especially true for C-level and executive leaders. I was chatting recently with Suresh Khanna, Chief Revenue Officer at AdRoll, and he said it best: “Management is about making decisions – not executing. You need to delegate execution efficiently. You need to listen and keep everyone aligned on the same page.
“So, when it comes to doing this over email, you mainly serve as an email routing and forwarding agent.”
When I look at how some of my brightest colleagues – working at emerging companies, big companies and VCs – manage their email, I’m blown away by how inefficient their processes are.
Although my own inbox still isn’t perfect, I’ve discovered three email tricks for Gmail (and many of these ideas can be implemented in other email services too) that literally save hours of my life every single week:
1. A one-page inbox view that bubbles what you need to see to the top
Many folks seem to be leveraging Gmail’s Priority Inbox, with the “Important and Unread” messages at the top of their inbox view, then the “Starred” email section right below that, followed by “Everything Else.”
Priority Inbox also gives you the ability to change say the top section to show only emails from a particular label by going to “More options” via the drop down icon to the right of the section title (highlighted below).