If you don’t check out cnet.com almost every day like I do, you may not have heard about Gmail’s new inbox featured, tabbed categories.
I stumbled across a blog post about it, immediately jumped over to my cluttered inbox, and activated the new feature.
This might be the best thing for my workday, ever.
All the sudden, the messages I don’t really care about, are filtered out of my site. All of the promotional emails, social media updates, and other non-urgent messages are now out of my inbox, or so it seems.
Yes, I know you can setup filters and folders for all of these unimportant emails, but it seems like I’m added to a new emails list almost daily (new websites I join, new web apps I test out, new blogs I subscribe to, and the list goes on).
Now, I don’t have to worry about setting up filters. I don’t even have to worry about deciding which emails to delete or drag into a folder for later.
Gmail does all this for me now.
Gmail seems to know how the real people are, and it places all of their emails inside the “Primary” folder. If Gmail happens to put a message into the wrong folder, all you need to do is drag it into the other folder and tell Gmail to always put those messages in that category. Pretty damn simple.
Why I Feel More Productive Than Ever
This nice thing is, now that my inbox finally looks empty, I feel like I accomplished more during the day. A clean inbox is a sign that everything is taken care of, and all the messages I’m avoiding are giving me an extra 30-60 minutes each day to focus on what really matters.
If you’re inbox seems to get pummeled with emails from marketing experts, blogs, facebook notifications or updates on the newest vacation deal, do yourself a favor and activate Gmail’s new categories.
It’s the next best thing to just unsubscribing to every email list you’re already on, which not to mention, will probably waste your entire day.
Here’s How to Activate Gmail Tabbed Categories
Step 1 – Login to your gmail account
Step 2 – Click on the Settings icon (top right)
Step 3 – Click on “Configured Inbox” (pictured above)
Step 4 – Set it up the way you like and get started!
This 30 second change will give your workday a huge boost. Hopefully this little change will give you more time to spend on the 3 most important tasks of your startup or new business.