Work Smarter, Not Harder: Fun with Gmail Automation


If you’re like me, you spent the better part of last night trying to figure out how to open non-screwtop pale ales in a New York hotel room with no bottle opener (hint: use this thing). If you’re also like me, you spend a lot of time in Gmail.

Lifehacker has a nice piece about how to use magical web service IFTTT (If This Then That) to automate various Gmail tasks you might find yourself repeating day after day.

For instance, there’s a trick that’ll scour Gmail for any receipts you receive after online purchases and adds the info to a Google Drive spreadsheet automatically. There’s a trick for making note-to-self audio reminders from your smartphone, which then end up in your inbox for later. And there’s a trick for having a text message sent to you if an important person e-mails you.

Check out Lifehacker’s full post for more tricks – there are 10 in all.

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