You use Gmail, you should be using Chrome, therefore you can get more power and efficiency using extensions. [Don’t know how to install extensions? Here’s one way…] And here are several powerful extensions we use on the E+DS team. Try them out (maybe not all of ’em at once!) and comment to let us know what works or doesn’t work and what you are using.
Auto Text Expander [info & install]
Create custom keyboard shortcuts to expand and replace text as you type. For instance, type “sok” and “School of Kinesiology” is typed out; type “sokmission” and Auto Text Expander will write out all the text on this page. Dead simple.
Boomerang for Gmail [info & install]
Allows you to schedule messages to be sent or returned (to remind you) at a later date. (Free version is 10 boomerangs/month, which I super rarely hit…but could!)
Grammarly [info & install]
Check your spelling and grammar as you type. Boost your credibility everywhere you write!
Just Not Sorry [info & install]
Just NOT Sorry! warns you when you write emails using words which undermine your message. Stop qualifying your message and diminishing your voice. Inspired by the writings of Tara Mohr and others, this Chrome Extension for Gmail will warn you when you use words or phrases that undermine your message. Words will be underlined for correction with additional information about how using the phrase is perceived. (Don’t worry, the underline won’t get sent as part of your email if you decide to ignore it.)
MailTrack for Gmail [info & install]
MailTrack is an email tracking app that lets you know if the messages you’ve sent have been read or not, adding double check marks (✓✓) to your Gmail to let you know.
Simple Gmail Notes [info & install]
Add notes to email threads in Gmail. Nice.
Sortd Smart Skin for Gmail** [info & install]
Effortlessly organize emails into categorized tasks in a single Gmail workspace. This could be your killer app. (Also currently in beta.)
Todoist for Gmail [info & install]
Achieve inbox zen with Todoist, a beautifully simple to-do list “built to help you do more and stress less.”
**Props to former Communications Intern Alexis Schermer who gave us a shout about this one. Austin and Silke are both using it, too!