10 Gmail Hacks To Keep Your Inbox From Ruining Your Life

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Summer’s coming to an end, which means it’s time to get back to the daily grind. If you were lucky enough to take one last vacation — or at least a long weekend — you’re probably returning to an overflowing inbox. And, that’s pretty much the worst.
The average “knowledge worker” (if you sit at a desk, that likely means you) spends roughly 28% of her day reading and responding to email. That adds up to several months of your life every year devoted to sifting through your inbox.
Want to reallocate a few of those hours to drinking margaritas on the beach, or doing just about anything else? We thought so. Check out these tips for turning your inbox into a productivity powerhouse.
The Techtress is R29's column for smart, personal tech support — whether you're gadget-savvy or not. Emily Price is a tech reporter who has contributed everywhere from Mashable to Reuters to USA Today.