If you’re like me, you probably spend so much time emailing that your inbox feels like a second home. Well, I’m not here to tell you whether this is a bad thing or not, but if your inbox is feeling residential, how about sprucing it up with a few free browser extensions that can make email life easier!
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If you’re looking for a way to pre-write emails, scheduling them to go out at a specific future date and time, then you’ll appreciate Boomerang’s Chrome extension for Gmail.
With Boomerang, scheduling outbound emails is easy. That said, there’s another fantastic feature allowing you to re-schedule inbound emails you’ve received! If you’re not in the mood to see or respond to a new email, but don’t want to forget about it, you can have it temporarily archived and scheduled to reappear in your inbox at a later date. Very handy!
You can now customize the look and feel of your Gmail inbox with a Chrome extension called Gmelius. After installing, features such as Google Ad removal, email scheduling, email snooze, to-do lists, and interface customizations are activated via an options screen.
There are a lot of small improvements Gmelius can add to your inbox, and picking as many or as few as you want is easy. Check out their website for a full list of features.
Tired of not knowing if and when the emails you send have been read? RocketBolt’s free email tracking for Gmail integrates seamlessly with your inbox and immediately alerts you when someone opens emails or clicks links you’ve sent them.
Beyond just tracking email opens - as if that wasn’t useful enough - RocketBolt also provides information about your email contacts as you compose emails. Similar to Rapportive, you’ll see profile photos and relevant social media pages when available. Additionally, this connects to some of RocketBolt’s more advanced features that go beyond the inbox, such as their CRM for managing contact information and recent tracking activity, social monitoring, and website tracking (if you have a website and want to know when contacts are visiting).
Getting started is fast and free, with more advanced features available in premium price tiers.
Right after email tracking, the most common email productivity improvement I get asked about is email templates. For those who find themselves writing repetitive bits of text over and over again, email templates can be an enormous time saver.
Gorgias let’s you store and access email templates with a minimalist interface that doesn’t get in the way. You can access your text snippets with keyboard shortcuts that you define.
Sometimes, it gets difficult keeping track of all the things we have to do. If you’re already spending a lot of time in your inbox (like me), then wouldn’t it be convenient to manage your to-do lists right there in your email account?
Todoist helps you view, add, organize, and complete tasks from within your inbox. You can create personal to-do lists or even collaborate with team members to manage tasks.
Important deadlines can be kept track of with due dates and recurring dates via visual, drag-and-drop scheduling.