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September 30, 2015 11:32 AM EDT

My first day at Google in 2011 felt a bit like joining Hogwarts: you’re excited and not entirely sure what you’ll be doing!

I was happy to do anything and learn in the process! For the next two years, I was lucky enough to train Google employees on Gmail and to pitch Gmail to companies of all sizes.

Although I’m no longer affiliated with Google—I now work at Buffer and on Remotive.io—these tips that have a daily impact on my work to this day.

Emails are everywhere. According to McKinsey Institute, we spend close to a third of our work time managing emails:

To help you tame your email, I wanted to share my 7 favorite Gmail tips. While they are not brand new, they have helped and are still helping me save many hours per week on email.

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