There’s never a day that goes by that I don’t think “man am I ever buried in email”. But now I can prove it thanks to Gmail Meter. OK, so Gmail Meter does quite a bit more than just prove how much email is coming through your inbox. In fact, if you put it to work for you, there’s a good chance that you’ll find yourself being more productive.
What is Gmail Meter?
At its heart, it’s a statistics program that measure different data points about your email use. You’ll find things like daily, weekly and monthly email use stats, top senders and recipients and response times. Of course there’s a lot more in there too, but these are the points that I found to be most useful.
Why do you care? On the surface, you might not. But an interesting point about Gmail Meter is that it allows you a broad-scale overview of when email is most pervasive in your workday. Beyond that, it can also clue you in to times that you’re using email when it might be just as easy to send a chat message or drop by someone’s office.
The idea here is that taking a step back and looking at your email habits can help you to manage them better.
Gmail Meter uses Google’s own services to do its work, which helps to keep your account secure. Your email isn’t routed through some other server, and the metadata that goes into the results is stored in your own Google Drive account.
Gmail Meter is free for now, but the company does say that it’s working on a version for domain administrators that will be a paid service. Give it a shot and let us know what you think.
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