June 28, 2013
This FREE handy-dandy tool is ahh-may-zing. It's no secret that I am TOTALLY against allowing your inbox to dictate your day's priorities, and this little tool helps you postpone your respond immediately knee-jerk reaction by sending that email back to you later when you know you'll have time to address it. It is simply insurance for epic brain farts, forgetfulness and email overwhelm. You can even have Boomerang mark each message you do this to as unread, or you can label or star them.
Memorize hotkeys and learn to love them
This won't necessarily move things out of your inbox, but when you find yourself overwhelmed with a huge amount of new messages, hotkeys can help you quickly process them.
To enable Gmail shortcuts, go to Settings and under the General tab, select "Keyboard shortcuts on." There is a wide selection of shortcuts in Gmail so pick out a few important ones and start using them everyday. If you don't like the default hotkeys, you can enable a Gmail Lab called Custom Keyboard Shortcuts that allows you edit the shortcut commands.
Email is sometimes seen as the dreary cousin of Facebook who never gets invited to the marketing party.
It has this image of mundaneness because it has been around for decades and is all about work. Often it is perceived as that necessary evil that that can't compete on marketing terms with the rather fun Twitter chap. YouTube or Pinterest is like a super model compared to the dowdy and buttoned up email dingleberry.