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If you want to skyrocket your productivity in 2020, then using Gmail in conjunction with extensions is a great way to go.
So if you’ve made a New Year’s Resolution to get more done (or at least spend less time in your email inbox), read on for the 10 best Gmail extensions that’ll take your productivity to the next level.
While Grammarly has been around for years, they’ve only recently released their first Chrome extension. Not only will the extension quickly check your messages for spelling errors, it’ll also check the tone of your email – ensuring that the emails you send have the best chance of making the right impact and receiving a reply.
Although the extension is still in beta, it works incredibly well and should continue to improve throughout 2020.
2. Right Inbox
If you want next-level productivity right inside Gmail, look no further than Right Inbox, which features email templates, the ability to schedule emails to be sent later, recurring emails, sequences, and much more. If, like most professionals, you spend half your day buried in emails, Right Inbox can help slash the time you spend on day-to-day tasks.
By installing Right Inbox, you’ll get all the functionality that you wish Gmail included as standard. Right Inbox has 11 features in total, but here are the 5 most popular features:
- Send Later – need an email to reach someone’s inbox at a specific time? Write emails now, schedule to be sent later for perfect timing by using Right Inbox’s send later feature.
- Email Tracking – Find out who reads and clicks your emails, how many times, and when. Real-time insights on who reads your emails and who’s ignoring you.
- Email Reminders – Automatic reminders so you never lose track of important emails. Remind yourself of conversations when it becomes relevant.
- Recurring Emails – fed up with sending the same email over and over again? Use the recurring emails feature to send them at intervals that suit you.
- Email Templates – do you often need to write and send almost identical emails? Optimize and personalize your template to fit every contact’s unique context.
Right Inbox is a must for those who are thinking not just about work productivity, but about tracking the impact of their outreach activities.
Todoist is one of the most popular to-do apps on the market, and it boasts a free version that rivals most paid tools. If you’re already using Todoist as your task manager, this Gmail extension will let you save emails as tasks, as well as add reminders with due dates and priorities.
The Todoist for Gmail app is one of the rare to-do extensions that actually helps you get more done. It’s well thought out and incredibly powerful.
Are you struggling with too many to-dos in your inbox? Do you have filters, stars, and messages marked as important that you never get round to answering?
Most of us do.
ActiveInbox turns your inbox into a task manager so that you can keep on top of your email. You already spend a lot of your day in your email, so why not turn it into a to-do app? With ActiveInbox, there’s no more swapping between tabs or software.
With a company ethos that believes being effective is more important than doing more, faster, ActiveInbox will help your productivity soar this year.
Clearbit bills itself as a “data engine for all your customer interactions.” While their paid tool is quite expensive, they do have a free Chrome extension that’s worth checking out.
The extension allows you to quickly surface contextual email and social media information about your contacts – right inside your inbox. And if you’re trying to figure out who to reach out to at a particular company, the extension can provide you with contact details for individual contacts.
6. Checker Plus
If you work in sales or have to do outreach as a component of your job, you’ll likely already be familiar with the problem of having multiple email accounts.
It can get tough to handle, but Checker Plus for Gmail makes it easier to manage multiple accounts easily. Once installed, you can get notifications, read emails, and delete messages without having to open Gmail. It’s a massive productivity boost – and an extension to look out for in the coming year.
Gmail doesn’t always play nicely with other services, which can force you to jump back and forth between browser tabs. Discoverly allows Gmail, Twitter, and LinkedIn to work together, bringing their data straight into your inbox. Once installed, you’ll be able to quickly see how you’re connected to other professionals and use that data to make stronger business relationships.
Within Gmail, you’ll be able to see contacts’ work information and mutual connections, as well as their LinkedIn profile information, shared connections, and Twitter activity. It’s perfect if you’re in sales, PR, or recruiting.
Do you ever find yourself using weak language in your emails? It’s a common problem. Just Not Sorry is an extension that underlines words that could diminish the voice and impact of your messages.
Inspired by the work of Tara Mohr, the extension will scan your emails, finding commonly used qualifying words and phrases that could harm the power of your emails. A quick hover over the word or phrase reveals additional information about how it may be perceived so that you can make better, more powerful choices.
Long Gmail threads can be a pain, especially when there are multiple contacts communicating over hundreds of messages. Gmail Reverse Conversation uses CSS to flip the conversation around so that you see the most recent message first.
All in all, it can be a massive time-saver for most business people.
Streak is an extension that’s been around for a few years now and continues to get better. It’s essentially a robust CRM that exists right inside your inbox, making it exceptionally powerful for sales teams and content-based outreach activities.
If you’ve decided that 2020 is the year you’ll achieve Inbox Zero or cut down on the time that you spend inside your Gmail inbox, these 10 extensions can help make that happen.
But don’t get carried away. Too many extensions can slow your browser down, and some don’t play nicely with each other. Keeping it simple is critical. Choose your extensions wisely and ditch any that you aren’t using on a day to day basis.
Work smarter – not harder – as we move into 2020.