Do you get so many emails that you don’t have time to really focus on anything else?
Are you sick of getting SPAM or stupid forwards from your family and friends that simply waste valuable time?
As of today, though, I’m seriously considering ditching my email too.
But, thanks to Google and a few other cool online tools, I’m considering a couple options before I throw email to the curb:
- Use Twitter for all correspondence. Leo Babauta from Zen Habits uses Twitter for the majority of his communication. Here’s why:”What I love about Twitter is that it’s very limited (140 characters), so you have to keep things brief, and also there isn’t the expectation that you’ll respond to every message, as there is in email. Friends can DM me on Twitter for personal communication.”
Another great thing about Twitter is that, if you don’t want to get messages from specific people, you can block them or just not follow them.
- Set up a Gmail Account!
Gmail is always coming out with cool new functions. One I discovered today is Priority Mail. Check out this cool video:
Here are a few more details from the Gmail Team:
Get through your email faster
Try reading and replying to the messages in the “Important and Unread” section first. Mark anything that requires follow-up with a star, then go through the “Everything Else” section. If you leave Priority Inbox, you can return to it by clicking the link next to Inbox on the side navigation of Gmail.
How it works
Gmail’s servers look at several types of information to identify the email that’s important to you, including who you email and chat with most, how often you email with these people, and which keywords appear frequently in the emails you read.
Train Priority Inbox
If Priority Inbox makes a mistake, you can use the buttons to correctly mark a conversation as important or not important, and Priority Inbox will quickly learn what you care about most.
- Customize Priority Inbox: You can change what type of email you see in each section (like switching the “Important and Unread” section to just “Important”). Just click on the section headers or visit the Priority Inbox tab under Settings to customize.
- Use filters to guarantee importance: If you want to be absolutely sure that some messages are always marked as important (like email from your boss), you can set up a filter and choose “Always mark it as important.”
- Search by importance: If you want to see all the messages that have been marked as important, both read and unread, do a Gmail search for “is:important.”
- Switching back to your old inbox: If Priority Inbox isn’t for you, you can easily switch back to your normal inbox by clicking “Inbox” on the left or hide Priority Inbox altogether from Gmail Settings.
To learn more about managing your email with Priority Inbox, check out the Gmail Help Center.
So, set up a Gmail Account and save yourself some time!
Why aren’t you using Gmail yet?