So, I’m not surprised to see all the excitement over the recent announcement about major updates. Okay, it wasn’t just that people on the Internet were excited. I was excited. I wanted to try it immediately, and reloaded my personal inbox a few times until I could see the option to “Try the new Gmail” when I clicked on the Settings wheel. If you’re using Gmail through work you’ll probably have to ask your administrator to enable the option before you can try it. My initial reaction? It’s certainly going to take some time for my eyes to get used to the new look (insert here: all the outcries anytime Facebook ever changed its newsfeed). My second reaction? These new features could make you more productive (and sane) at work.
1. De-clutter Your Inbox Faster
I didn’t always aspire to an organized inbox, but as I prepared to start my job at The Muse, I decided I would try to keep my new account super organized, labeling and archiving emails as part of my routine. Now, it stresses me out when I can’t see the bottom of my inbox or if, the absolute horror, there’s more than one page of unarchived messages. One thing I’ve noticed is how inconvenient it’s been to move messages out of my inbox, a problem the revamp seems to address. Instead of having to click the checkbox to the left of a message to access various actions at the top of your inbox, you’ll now be able to