7 Gmail plugins to boost your productivity

  Today I’ll be giving a short overview of my seven favorite Gmail plugins. I’ll be featuring an array of very useful tools to help you up your productivity by automating certain tasks, streamlining your user experience through simplifying your inbox, and gaining better control of several aspects of Gmail using utilitarian inbox plugins.   Unroll.me: (Outlook, Gmail, Google Apps, Yahoo! Mail, AOL Mail and iCloud) Unroll.me shines in its simplicity and ease of use. Once installed it automatically populates a list of all your subscriptions. For every entry you have three options; keep in inbox, unsubscribe or add to Rollup. The first two options keep in inbox and unsubscribe are pretty straightforward. Rollup is a feature where any subscriptions you add to rollup are then hidden from your inbox. Then presented to you in a news feed/social media feeling format daily.   Gmail snooze: (Chrome only) Snooze is a great little plugin that allows you to “snooze” emails so they disappear for a set amount of time and then remind you when the snooze period has ended. It’s a simple idea but also a powerful tool in your productivity kit. Snoozing less urgent mail will allow you to focus on what’s important without forgetting to respond to less urgent matters.     Rapportive: (Chrome, Firefox, Google Apps) Rapportive dredges the internet for information on your Gmail contacts. Once installed simply open an email from any contact and all sorts of information about them will instantly load on the side bar. This will show you different social media accounts they are connected to, as well as pictures and a...

7 Gmail Productivity Apps and Plugins

Evette

Evette

Passionate Information Technology Customer Support Specialist Student at Milwaukee Area Technical College
Motivated and determined Information Technology Customer Support student with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2018.
Evette
Remember when it was exciting to receive an email?  Today, this is not the case.  Even though emails remain a top form of communication, it is easy to become overwhelmed with spam, social media alerts, news of blogs, email marketing, and a variety of other distractions.  It is time to get your email organized.  Gmail is the most common and favorite email services (if you have not notice, that’s the one MATC uses in connection with your student account, i.e. doejj@gmatc.matc.edu)  Many of us complain that our inboxes are too full and that responding to email is too time-consuming, but several tools are available that will streamline your email experience.  Here is a list of 7 plugin which will make your inbox a friendlier place to visit: BOOMERANG.  With Boomerang, you can compose emails on Saturday night and let the app send it out Monday morning–or whenever else you desire. This is also a great tool if you have contacts in different time zones, because you can make sure your email is sent at a time that’s most convenient for them. Boomerang also has an option that reminds you to follow up if you don’t hear back from the recipient within a designated amount of time. The app works with Gmail and Outlook. MXHERO.  mxHero a lets you know if your email was opened, tracks which links are clicked, and allows you to see if attachments were viewed. Plus you can schedule message sending. FOLLOWUP.CC.  If you’re anything like me, you receive thousands of emails every month. For this reason, it’s not always easy to remain organized and ensure...

How to Train Users After New System Was Implemented At Work

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Evette

Passionate Information Technology Customer Support Specialist Student at Milwaukee Area Technical College
Motivated and determined Information Technology Customer Support student with an anticipated graduation date of Spring 2018.
Evette
For many users, new technology is exciting and inviting.  When a new is implemented at work the result is productivity – getting more things done … and things done much faster than the old system allowed.  However, other users are skeptical about digital transformation.  For these employees, the old system worked well, and the new system brings confusion, anxiety, and frustration.  The rate of a person’s or group’s progress in gaining experience or new skills is usually slow.  Training seminars, flowcharts, organizational charts, implementation charts, manuals, memorandums, etc. seems endless and time-consuming.  All employees need to understand how new systems will benefit them and their respective jobs. The pace of technological advances in the workplace is often slow because of several factors, including budget and many people do not want to have their routines disrupted.   Managers and training personnel need to get employees comfortable crossing the bridge to technological improvement.  It is important to understand how to implement a new system in the workplace. COMMUNICATIONS Keep employees updated on possible technological changes – this means from the exploratory point up to the final launch date.  Outline the benefits and how the implementation of a new system will impact each employee and the overall productivity of the business. CUSTOMIZE TRAINING The rate of familiarity and interest in technology varies greatly.  Whether an individual is an auditory, visual, or a kinesthetic learner, we all absorb information differently. Modify training sessions to accommodate different types of learners by providing a range of learning styles and materials.  Present options such as documents, live training, interactive social media tools, and videos that will be...

7 tips to become more productive – Personal Productivity, Project Management and teamwork how to guides

  Many people confuse productivity with the amount of work completed or how quickly they could get work done. Instead of viewing productivity as a quantity think of it as quality. Simply put, view productivity as quality over quality. Allowing yourself to work productively will help you work at your best and become a stronger employee. To become a more productive employee and even in your personal life, here are 7 tips to become more productive: To start your day, wake up slightly earlier than your normal time and establish a morning routine. Try yoga, reading a book while drinking your coffee or scan your to do list Create a balance of your work day and find a way to become more organized. Doing things like not checking your email an hour before it’s time to go home can help you wind down from the work day and come fresh tomorrow. Create and follow a realistic to do list to help plan and structure your day Avoid multi-tasking and do one project at a time Take a break and go for a walk or even exercise after lunch time to avoid feeling tired or less productive Create a definite work life balance to give yourself time to detach from the responsibilities from work Prioritize your workload and deadlines while structuring your to do list These 7 tips can help you become more productive in your personal and professional life. Organizing the tasks of your day can help you think much more clearly and allow you do things better and not quickly. It is also important to create a work...

7 Tips To Become More Productive

These are  a few ways that can help you become more productive. In everyday occurrences as well as at your job or even a self made project. #1. Check email in the afternoon so you protect the peak energy hours of your mornings for your best work. This way you wont have any interference to make your mind wander off into something that can be put aside for later. #2. Stop waiting for perfect conditions to launch a great project. Immediate action fuels a positive feedback loop that drives even more action. While the project is still fresh in your mind take advantage of that. Sell the project and make yourself feel accomplished. #3. Remember that big, brave goals release energy. So set them clearly and then revisit them every morning for 5 minutes. This way you can make certain goals a priority. If you feel that something needs to be done before another goal you can rethink your decision and start fresh on a new day. #4. Mess creates stress  So clean out the clutter in your office to get more done. Sometimes you forget about your surroundings because you are so involved with your work. If you sit bank and feel cluttered or uncomfortable, maybe it time to change up the workplace. Make your place of work feel fresh and comfortable so you want to be there. Move your computer to the other side of the desk. Make your same able to work in. #5. Run routines. Routines are nice to have because you know what needs to be done on this day and this time. This...

How to Share Files Using Dropbox

Dropbox is just one of many cloud-based storage programs. Essentially, you can save files there for you to access when you’re not at home or work. It’s one of the big names in cloud storage and they’re based in San Francisco. Here is a guide to using their free and simple file sharing feature. 1. Start at Dropbox.com This is very straight forward stuff here. If you have gmail and use Google Chrome it’s a breeze. 2. Share a single file. This is just one option for sharing files. Once you have your file(s) uploaded, just select them and click Share. You can select the contacts or email addresses to share them with. You can add multiple recipients and add comments for description. 3. Make a Shared Folder. This option will do exactly what is says. Make separate folders for different topics whether they’re personal or for work.   Just select the members of your shared file group and add a comment.   That’s the file sharing feature of Dropbox. You can get the app on your mobile device and have even greater access to these features.  ...