2 bookmarks to avoid Gmail distraction

You’re in the middle of a task and realise that you need to send an email. You open Gmail.

20 minutes later.. what was I doing again?

It’s clear to most of us that being productive means checking email less frequently. This is fine until the task you’re working on requires either

  1. Sending an email
  2. Finding something in an email.

Doing so will mean going to gmail.com and exposing yourself to an inbox full of urgent, but not important micro tasks which are often too tantalising to resist.

I suffer from this problem on a daily basis, or at least I did until I added two bookmarks to Chrome.

2 bookmarks for less Gmail distraction

These bookmarks let you interact with Gmail without exposing yourself to your inbox

1. New Mail

URL: https://mail.google.com/mail/?view=cm&fs=1&tf=1

This opens the compose dialogue in a new window.

2. Hidden Inbox

URL: https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#search/from%3Anoone

This opens a search which returns no results. From here you can make a new search to find the email you’re looking for.

Unfortunately the email count is still shown

Here’s to clean pomodoro’s and uninterrupted focus! 🎉🎉🎉

Co-Founder & CEO/CTO @Bitwala

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