How to Get Your Gmail Inbox Under Control (2019 Tutorial)

(futuristic music) – [Scott] Oh my goodness, so many emails in my Inbox How am I gonna get this under control? Well, in today's video I wanna show you a simple, yet very powerful and effective way to help you get all of your emails under control within Gmail

Hello, everyone Scott Friesen here at Simpletivity, helping you to get more done and enjoy less stress And today, I wanna show you a technique using labels so you can easily identify which emails you should be dealing with right now So let's get started On the left-hand side of my screen you will see the labels area

We've got a few different folders We've got some standard folders here like Inbox, Snoozed, Sent, Drafts, but you will notice I have three color coded labels, labeled Action Required, Complete, and Waiting for Response And this is really the key to this system is using a few particular labels to help you identify which emails you should be dealing with, because sometimes as we're perusing through our Inbox, we have a mix of both read and unread emails, and we're wondering which ones do I need to reply to, which ones have I dealt with already? These labels are gonna help us keep on track Now, two things I want to point out here Number one, I'm not gonna get into the details of how you create labels within Gmail

If you'd like to learn more, I'm gonna leave a link to my video showing you everything you need to know about labels and filters within Gmail But here you will see that I've got as asterisk at the beginning of these labels Now, this could be very important The reason being is that we want these labels to show up at the top of our label list We don't want them to get missed out or lost, 'specially if you're using a large collection of labels or other labels as a part of your email system

Let me just open up this email as an example So if I go up to the top and I select the labels, here you can see my three Action Required, Complete, and Waiting for Response are always gonna show up at the top, even though I've got a variety of other labels that I can apply down below Now, you don't have to use an asterisk, you could use a period, you could use some other special character or even add numbers, but I just like the asterisks because it sort of stands out and it looks like a bit of a star here So more on that in just a second The second thing you will notice is that I've added some particular colors

And this is important as well, because I wanna be able to easily see when I'm in my Inbox, when I see a variety of emails, which ones, which label is corresponding to these particular titles Alright, so here I am in a email, and let's just say for this example that I need to do something with this, maybe I need to go and shop here, maybe I need to ask someone about this So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna go up to my labels, and I'm gonna say Action Required, I'm gonna apply that label So now when I go back to my Inbox, it's very, very easy for me to see that I need to do something with this particular email Now, you don't have to go into every email to do this, sometimes when you're scanning you already know that okay maybe I need to do something with that, and I need to do something with that, and, oh, I need to do something with this as well

Remember, you can always apply multiple labels at a time So now I've got all three of those labels, or sorry, the same label applied to three additional emails Now, you're probably thinking, okay, this is a little bit helpful, I can see these emails among my vast amount of additional emails here But it gets even better If I go over here to the left-hand side and select Action Required, now all I see are those four emails

I know that these are my Action Required emails, so I can sort of hide my Inbox for a few minutes and just focus on the emails that I need to do Now, how do the other two labels come into play? Well, let's start with Waiting for Response I'm gonna go back to my Inbox here And let's say this very first message here, I've actually forwarded it on to someone else, I'd like to get their input on it, so I'm asking them a question, "Do you agree with this article?" Now, if I just leave it as is, this might get lost in the mix here So what I'm going to do is I'm going to apply the Waiting for Response label

Now there's one additional thing I wanna show you here, and that is you don't always have to be clicking the label here If you select L on your keyboard, that's going to immediately bring up the label list So I can select Waiting for Response, I've applied that label, I can go back to my Inbox, and now I can easily see that I am waiting for a reply on that email And just as we saw before, if I select Waiting for Response here, you might have a collection of seven, or 10, or maybe more emails that you're waiting for a reply You can quickly and easily see which of those emails should you maybe need to poke them again, give them another gentle reminder if they haven't answered you in a certain period of time

And that L shortcut that I mentioned, that actually applies to your main Inbox view here as well So let's say I've got a few more that I'm waiting for, I'm gonna select just three here I've selected three, I'm gonna hit L on my keyboard, and, again, that's gonna immediately bring up my label, I can select Waiting for Response, and now I've applied it to multiple emails here Now, the last label that I've included in this system is called Complete And this may not necessarily, this may not be necessary for everyone, but if you don't have the habit of archiving your emails or moving them out of your Inbox, this may be helpful to you

So let's say that I open up this one again, this one that said Action Required And let's say that I've done the action on this I've replied, or I've purchased, whatever it is, I'm gonna go back to my labels, I am gonna uncheck Action Required, and I'm gonna select Complete So now I've got my red Complete label When I go back to my Inbox, it's easy for me to see that that is done with

I no longer need to open this up or come back to it, this particular email is complete Like I said, I generally recommend that you use the Archive function within your email, that's this little icon here, instead of the label, because archiving it is gonna take it right outside of your Inbox, so you don't have to see it here in your Inbox at all But I know everyone works a little bit differently, so you may prefer using the Complete label Now, just before we wrap up today's video, I wanna give you one additional tip that sometimes gets overlooked here within Gmail, and this feature has only been added within the last year, and that is the ability to snooze a message This is very powerful when you're trying to get your Inbox under control as well

So let me open up this email here that doesn't have a label on it, and let's say that you know what, I need to do something with this or I'd like to review this email again, I just don't wanna deal with it now, and I don't want it clogging up my Inbox Well, what you can do is select this little clock icon, which is the Snooze icon, and when you select that, it has a few different defaults here, right? I can say Snooze Later today, Tomorrow, Later this week, This weekend, Next weekend, or I can pick a particular time I can be very specific as to when I want it to come back Let's just say that I don't wanna deal with it today, so I'm gonna select Tomorrow I'm gonna select Tomorrow, it brings me back to my Inbox and that email is gone

It's not here anymore, but it will return tomorrow It will return tomorrow, 'cause I told it to Gmail's gonna bring it back and I can deal with it then Now, if I wanna go and look at all of these emails that are snoozed, I can simply select that label here on the left-hand side, and I can quickly and easily see it, I can reply to it, I can do whatever I want with it here, even when it's in that snoozed state, but if I leave it alone, it's gonna come back to me tomorrow In fact, it's even telling me it has the date there in red, January 22nd, that is when it's gonna return to my Inbox

I hope you found this video helpful I would love to know how do you better manage your emails, specifically your emails here within Gmail Be sure to let me know in the comments below Thank you so much for watching today's video I hope you subscribe right here to the Simpletivity channel, give this video a thumbs up, and don't forget to leave me a comment down below

Remember, being productive does not need to be difficult In fact, it's very simple

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