** Nifty productivity trick: Add Gmail Search and Contacts search to your Chrome search engines. **
As part of my productivity habits hacks, I never keep my Gmail inbox open on my browser (thanks to awesome tools like #sanebox
, AwayFind and NirvanaHQ - previously #todoist
, who all helped me break my unhealthy email habits). But that means that when I need something specific from my email, I get endlessly frustrated with having to click into Gmail search (and even moreso with Google contact search). I already had some techy hacks in place to circumvent that, but they were quite yucky.
Now, I just go the Chrome address bar, type "m WhateverIWantToSearch", and I get a Gmail search.
Or I type "c thePersonImLookingFor" and I get a Google Contact search.
Want to do it too? It doesn't get easier than this.
In Chrome, go to:
Scroll down to Advanced Settings and click "Manage Search Engines..."
Scroll to the bottom. In the form where it says "Add a New search engine", type:
Add a new search --> Gmail
Keyword --> m (or other letter of your choice)
URL --> https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#apps/%s
Then add another:
Add a new search --> Google contacts
Keyword --> c (or other letter of your choice)
URL --> https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#contacts/search/%s
Voila! You now have two superpower shortcuts to amaze and awe your family members and coworkers (even a few of the cool techy ones. Unless you happen to work at Google, that is).
In the Chrome address bar, simply type:
... and you'll be immediately rerouted to search either Gmail or Google contacts. Sweet!
* Note: any website that has a search engine can be used in the same way. In fact you likely have a list of websites you frequent filled in already (auto-populated). Pick the ones you use most often (Amazon, anyone?) and give them one-character shortcuts. Bam! Instant click-free zone.
* Note: If If you want to add new search websites that aren't already on that list, simply go to the website in question and search for "mysearchtext" (or any other random string). Now, copy the URL and replace the "mysearchtext" part with "%s". That's the URL you should give Chrome. Success!
(with thanks to Dan R. Parker for reminding me the awesome that is Chrome) #emailhacks #productivity #gtd #techtips