At Less Doing we try to spend as little time in our email inboxes as possible. If you want to get work done, keeping your inbox open is not going to help.
This does not mean that you should have to wait until you open your inbox to send emails. If you use Gmail (or Google Apps), there is a very simple way to open up a new email window without opening your inbox.
(Note: If you are a Google apps user, replace “.com/mail” with “.com/a/[your domain]/”.)
An Even Better Way
If you are a Chrome or Firefox user, then you can open a new email window by simply typing a command into the address bar and hitting enter. I have set up my browser to use “compose” as the command.
To manually add, edit, or remove search engines from the browser, follow these steps:
- Click the wrench icon on the browser toolbar. Mac users: If you don't see the wrench icon, go to the menu bar at the top of your screen and click Chrome.
- Select Options (Preferences on Mac and Linux; Settings on Chrome OS).
- Click the Basics tab.
- Click Manage in the “Default search” section.
Use the buttons in the dialog to manage the search engines in the list. You'll need to provide the following information for each search engine:
- Name: Nickname for the search engine.
- Keyword: A text shortcut for the search engine. Use the shortcut to do keyword searches.
- URL: The web address for the search engine.
The Little Things Add Up
Some of you might think this is a lot of set up work for a small thing (it’s actually pretty quick), but it’s important to remember that the small things add up quickly. More importantly, this will let you send emails without opening your inbox which can easily distract you from the task at hand.