I’ve been using Gmail now for so many years that I’m not sure I remember what email software I was using before… oh wait… it was Outlook and Exchange Server… never mind. But anyway, regardless, I’ve tried wrappers around Gmail, I’ve tried so many mail clients on my mac and regardless I always end up on Gmail in my browser during the work day.
Running a Social Network means that you end up with a lot of e-mail. As people ping me on all the networks, I rely on e-mail to inform me when something is happening or for me to go check at a set time during the day. This could mean I get an e-mail every few seconds. If you can imagine a person getting bombarded with a super fire cannon filled with small golf balls… well that’s what I feel like. Add a mail notifier to the mix and basically now I have a kitten-like brain. You have no idea how easily distracted an email notifier can make you.
Now, typically the only way I survive any given day is to use Filters, but to be honest I hate filters as sometimes I miss important mail.
And then there was Gmail’s new Inbox. Okay, I’m sure some of you hate it… but not me.
In all honesty, outside of the truly filterable email (server messages and the like), I only have three types of mail, and having them as tabs on top of my inbox is absolutely the smartest and simplest thing ever. I have mail from social networks (a ton of it, including from Empire Avenue), newsletters (I subscribe to a lot of information that I need to keep abreast of) and everything else.
So thank you Google!
In just three days since I turned it on (if you don’t have it, use Configure Inbox in your settings to turn it on), I have managed to keep my mail more focused, my time more productive, and yes it has even given me the 15 mins I needed to write this blog post. Now if some kind soul could create or modify a mail checker so that it only checks my “Primary” inbox…