Today I’m going to share my ultimate Gmail hack for maximum productivity. This has seriously transformed my inbox and made email a powerful tool for me again. I can’t even stress how much this has made my inbox sane again.

It’s a very simple hack — Create a filter that looks for the word “Unsubscribe” in the email.
unsubscribe

Create a new label called “_Subscribed”. Why the underscore? That way it’s at the top of the list in the left hand corner.
unsubscribe

Set it to skip the inbox. This is very important! This is so your inbox only has actual important emails. Someone directly messaging you. Not some email from a company or something trivial. Make sure to apply the new label.

This filter is like Gmail magic! Your inbox will be like a real inbox. Only actual important emails will be waiting for you. Periodically scan your _Subscribed emails to catch up on emails from businesses and organizations. You know, the spammy stuff you don’t really care about.

Happy productivity.

I use myfitnesspal to track everything I eat and drink. Sometimes though, with work, and a busy life, I forget to track my food. I really wanted a notification to help remind me, so I created one. Here’s how.

notification

I simply created a script to run with a cronjob. Just download an image and update accordingly.

#!/bin/bash

export DISPLAY=:0.0
/usr/bin/notify-send -i /home/[username]/myfitnesspal.png "Don't forget to log your food!"

Then I simply have a cronjob run the notification every 4 hours or so.

0 11,14,18,20,22 * * * /home/[username]/reminder.sh

I really love stumble upon, it’s a great way to find new and interesting content that you would normally miss from the big websites: reddit, facebook, twitter, etc. One thing that bugs me though, is how you sometimes want to view the original website you’re stumbling. (I often like to pocket pages, to read later on my phone, and I want pocket to download the content.)

I created this simple little bookmarket to open the page you’re looking at in a new window.

Drag this to your browsers bookmark bar:

Open StumbleUpon Page

Then simply click the bookmarklet and the page you’re looking at will open.