Using gmail work management tools

Two helpful hints for email and task management

If you live in the Gmail universe as I do, you might like these two tricks.

When you are reading an email and want to deal with it “later” or even on a specific date, you can click on the vertical ellipsis at the top of the inbox, click “add to tasks” and the email will become a task in your task list on the right side of your gmail screen. Once in the list, you can modify the task, set a date, or mark as complete. I find this really helpful especially at the end of the day when I want to get through my inbox but can’t deal with every message that has arrived. This way, when I open up my email the next day, I have some tasks already in a queue. It’s also a great way to keep track of things while you are waiting for someone else to get back to you.

I also use the “keep” tool, which I call “ideas” because of its lightbulb emoji. When I need to keep track of a specific URL to send out in emails, or a block of text to keep answering the same questions over and over again, I create a note to “keep.” The taskbar and the keep bar are easy to call up on the screen and access when needed.