Our lives have been taken over by email – everything from work tasks to notifications letting you know a friend posted something on Facebook.
You undoubtedly use Gmail, like any smart person would, and already enjoy the many benefits it has to offer: world class spam protection, email filters, labels, automatically getting email from other accounts, sending email out from different email addresses, etc – the list goes on.
But if you’re like me, despite all these wonderful free services, emails still pile up, stress rises, and productivity slows to a halt.
The Solution: Custom Gmail Stars
You probably already use the basic Gmail function of “starring” an email with the default yellow star (), but I would like to show you my awesome approach to managing emails like a true Gmail Ninja.
Gmail has a sweet Labs service called “Superstars”, and with a few simple tweaks you too can be on your way to managing emails like a Gmail Ninja.
Open Gmail, click on the “Settings” link at the top right-hand side of the page and find the “Lab” link in your tabbed menu. Locate the “Superstars” feature, enable, and click the “save changes” button.
It should look something like this once you’re done:
Click the “Save Changes” button.
Start starring emails with your new set of superstars by clicking repeatedly on the blank star next to an email until you find the one that suites you best.
Use the following table as a guide for using your new stars:
*Of course you don’t have to use my exact star set and/or definitions. Your own stars & definitions for what each star represents may change. This is just what happens to works for me.
Hopefully you find this to be helpful and maybe, just maybe, we can all decrease our email stress and start managing our emails instead of the other way around. Feel free to leave a comment and let me know if you’ve found this to be helpful or if you’ve come up with your own strategy for managing emails like a true Gmail Ninja.