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As professionals in the workforce, we spend a seriously significant amount of our time digging through our email inboxes. While it can often feel like menial work, “being good at email” can be extremely valuable. Whether you work for a huge company or are starting something on your own, chances are sending emails is and will continue to be a big part of your job.

Communication is at the core of the modern workforce. Getting good at communication can pay off dividends in the long run.

One of the best ways to do that is to optimize your gmail inbox so that you spend as little time as possible messing around and the most amount of time being productive and sending messages to others. The key is to find the right tools and tricks that align for you and your workflow.

I put together a list of 4 chrome extensions that will help you take your gmail game to the next level:

1. Blade – Signatures for Gmail

Most outbound emails never get read. Why? They all look the same. One of the best ways to differentiate your email style for marketing & sales is to make your signature stand out. The problem is that designing a completely customizable signature can turn into a real headache.

Blade solves that by giving you access to dozens of custom signature designs that you can play with to find the perfect fit for you and your brand. You can easily switch between the signatures you have in your dashboard so that you can attach to the perfect one to every email.

2. Rapportive

Another hard part about email is that, when you are dealing with so many people, it can be hard to remember the context around exactly who you are speaking with. Rapportive is the all in one solution to this – as they give you information, just like LinkedIn, around who you are speaking with, where they work, and how you know each other.

This tool is especially helpful when you are reaching out to people you may not know much about. It is 10x easier to communicate with someone once you know more about them.

3. Mailtrack

When you are sending emails day in and day out, you can start to lose track of just how successful they are. Chances are, most of your emails end up at the bottom of someone’s inbox, never to be opened or seen.

One workaround for this common problem is to enable tracking on your emails so you can see when people are looking at your message. Mailtrack makes that dead simple, with their super easy to use extension. You can easily see which of your emails have been read, when they were read, and, the most interesting one, exactly how many times.

4. Send From Gmail

We spend too much time in our inbox when do not really have to be sitting in there. A great way to counter this is to use a simple chrome extension, like Send From Gmail, that lets you send emails from outside of your inbox.

It works like this: you are reading an article on a random website that you find interesting and want to share with friends. All you have to do is click on the Send From Gmail icon in your extensions bar and it will pop up with a window for you to share with a friend. This can be super helpful at work when you are trying to share a doc you are working on without wanting to type out a whole email.