• Thanks, Natalie. Really excited about checking out canned response. Can’ believe I’ve been using gmail all this time and not check it out yet. Also looking forward to looking into Sanebox!

    • Yes there are some real gems in there to be honest. Google Labs is worth checking in on regularly.

  • Katie

    Hey. I use Canned responses and love them! I have just downloaded Boomerang so looking forward to trying that. Sounds revolutionary for my inbox! Thanks 🙂

    • Wohoo. Revolutionizing your inbox is what it’s all about Katie

  • Zenobia Garrison

    Interesting; I have not heard of these tools before. Thanks for sharing with us.

    • You’re welcome and glad you know about them now, your inbox will be better for it

  • Awesome, totally awesome! My inbox is one of the pain points of my business because I feel it’s such a time suck. But thanks to your advice — and simple tutorial — I just installed Canned Responses for Gmail and I can already say, I’m in love. Without a doubt I’ll be able to save HOURS of answering emails. THANK YOU!

    • That’s awesome Carrie, so glad you’re already saving time and energy!

  • I’m thrilled to read this post for several reasons. One is my relief to hear you say the InBox Zero thing is unattainable. I certainly couldn’t do it and am glad I’m not alone.

    I’m already using Gmail Canned Responses and Boomerang and finding them enormously helpful. I used Canned Responses for setting up various signatures for different organizations I belong to. I also use it for any message that I have to send repeatedly.

    Boomerang gives me peace of mind that I can set aside something that doesn’t need to be dealt with now and know it will pop back on my radar screen whenever I specify. Enormously liberating.

    I didn’t know about SaneBox and intend to try it right away.

    Also love Rapportive. Sometimes it even gives me the name of someone who has signed up on my email list with only their email but not their name. I love being able to call them by name when I welcome them.

    This is life-changing stuff. Thank you!

    • Wow honoured to be writing life changing stuff Elizabeth! Thank you. And Yes Zero Inbox is a waste of time, it’s all about priorities and that shouldn’t be one to gloat about or aim for. But managing and time saving- those are definitely what our email systems should help us do, so enjoy.

  • I use the last 2, but never heard of the first one. Sounds like something I definitely need. Too often I get email that i have to take the time to open and delete when it should never have been in my inbox in the first place. Thanks.

    • Cool Karl let me know how you find it and if it helps. I mean I think it will but always good to hear other people’s experiences.

  • Gold nuggets right here. Your persuasive passion has me re-evaluating my 199,419 unopened emails in my gmail inbox. I got a bit of work ahead to get in check, but your tools/strategies will be a monumental change in my business. Will let you know how I go, thanks Natalie!

    • Yes you get in there and revolutionise your inbox ok MR. Looking forward to hearing the results

  • This post is right on time for me! I have never heard of SaneBox, It sounds like a dream! My inbox is kicking my butt right now, and I’m wasting too much time sorting through it all. I have a great folder system, but I’m still losing the battle. Thanks for the helpful tools Natalie, I just might be able to conquer the clutter.

  • bradhussey

    Thanks for this post, Natalie! I’ve been absolutely loving Boomerang, and I’m about to implement some canned responses. Great blog!

  • Nice post, Natalie! First time i hear about the canned responses in Gmail – i am certainly going to find it in labs and trying out. I can feel saving time already!

    Boomerang – i remember i checked them out a few months ago but i guess it wasn’t the right time. Just the other day i was in the situation you describe – i got an email and was reluctant to reply because i did’t want to go into live conversation right then; but then i was afraid i might not have the time to reply later. So i did reply, and i did get into a live conversation… and i wasted some time i had allocated for writing 🙁

    So i am going to give Boomerang a second chance – thanks for the tip!

  • Nice post, Natalie! First time i hear about the canned responses in Gmail – i am certainly going to find it in labs and trying out. I can feel saving time already!

    Boomerang – i remember i checked them out a few months ago but i guess it wasn’t the right time. Just the other day i was in the situation you describe – i got an email and was reluctant to reply because i did’t want to go into live conversation right then; but then i was afraid i might not have the time to reply later. So i did reply, and i did get into a live conversation… and i wasted some time i had allocated for writing 🙁

    So i am going to give Boomerang a second chance – thanks for the tip!

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