Most of the people around the world use Gmail as their main email service to send & receive emails, personally and professionally. The number of emails being sent and received is exponentially rising which indeed makes our Gmail inbox clogged up and look like a complete mess. Although, Gmail, by default, organizes the emails in three different categories i.e. Primary, Social, and Promotions, but this is also not quite enough to keep Gmail organized and look cleaner. Perhaps, turning Gmail emails into to-do lists will help us organize Gmail.
So, here I am with a beautiful Chrome extension called “Drag: To-Do & Task List“. This extension lets you organize your emails in Gmail as different to-do lists. It simply divides the Gmail web interface into three sections or categories, namely “To Do“, “Doing“, and “Done“.
You can move your Gmail emails to these 3 categories by simple drag and drop action. This will make your Gmail interface look like a standard To-Do app. The only difference is that you don’t have to create to-dos. Your emails are visible as to-dos and represent the tasks. This extension doesn’t change any other functionality of Gmail, so you can continue with Gmail in the same way as before.
This screenshot above must have given you a good idea about this Chrome extension. As you can see, Gmail is divided in three different categories where you can put emails as per your needs.
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In case, you didn’t like the new to-do list layout of Gmail, then the extension also lets you easily switch to the old interface with just a press of a button.
Before moving ahead, I would like to state that this Chrome extension will require access to read and view your Gmail emails. After using it for some time, I noticed that it created 4 Gmail labels and automatically placed the emails in each of the to-do section mentioned above in the following labels respectively:
- Drag-Archive: These are the archived emails. Hover your mouse on an email in any to-do list section and then click on the “Archive” button to move it to this label.
- Drag-Doing: Gmail emails in the “Doing” to-do list.
- Drag-To Do: Gmail emails in the “To Do” list.
- Drag-Done: Gmail emails in the “Done” list.
These labels, of course, also provide a quick access to just view emails that belong to a particular to-do list. So, in case, you just want to see emails which you are currently processing then open “Drag-Doing” label. The same follows for other scenarios as well.
Using This Chrome Extension To Organize Gmail Emails As To-Do Lists:
You can download Drag extension from the link given at the end. Once installed, it will open a new window and also opens Gmail in a new tab in that window. Using that window, you need to authorize the extension to access your Gmail account, so that it can alter its web interface and create to-do labels. After that, it will automatically refresh the Gmail tab. Now you will see the new interface for Gmail where three to-do sections are visible, which I already explained above. By default, all of your emails are placed in the “To Do” list.
Now, you can do the organizing work and put your Gmail emails in the right to-do list. Just drag and drop an email from one section to another to place it. That’s all you have to do in order to organize your emails in Gmail into various to-do lists.
You can easily switch back to the original Gmail interface by turning off the “Drag” option visible at the top-right side on Gmail interface. This will remove the to-do list sections and you will see the original web interface of Gmail. Switching to the original interface doesn’t delete the labels created by this Chrome extension and you can again turn on the to-do list interface using the same button. Even if you uninstall this Chrome extension, these labels will not be deleted.
My closing thoughts on this Chrome extension are that it is best for people who want to handle and see Gmail emails with a task oriented approach. I am quite sure it will give a boost to your productivity and manage emails more efficiently than ever. Just install the extension and all your Gmail emails are turned into to-do lists. Check it out 🙂