There comes a time when enough is, quite simply, enough. I had been putting off the task of organising my sprawling Gmail inbox for months, if not years. But when Lifehacker told me that we were going to have a Spring Cleaning week, I knew it was time. And I wasn't going to waste precious hours trying to find apps or tools to do the task for me. I needed to Ron Swanson my inbox -- roll up my sleeves, jump in, and manage the mess manually.
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I recently purchased a few smart bulbs and have plans to expand my collection of smart lights. I did notice a small inconvenience during setup, however: It was hard to tell which bulb was which without staring into an app. So I added a visual aid to my bulbs using emoji stickers. It's a lot easier to see the "banana" light is out instead of trying to figure out which bulb is "Hue living room bulb 7" while your ceiling fan is off.
The last time we mentioned Labeley, it was best at making custom labels for homebrewed beer, without forcing you into a complicated image editor. It's still great for that, but the webapp can now make more labels for more occasions, and can even professionally print them for you if you want.
If you use your inbox as a to-do list, you'll need a good system for keeping track of your tasks and prioritising them. Systems rockstar Justin Garrison offers this email labelling method: prioritise emails by severity level. Syslog, or the message logging system used by computers, provides a framework.
If you have the Gmail "Smartlabels" (or Smart Labels) lab enabled, the next time you log in, you'll see more options for automatically categorising your emails. New emails can be auto labelled as purchases, travel and finance -- in addition to the social, promotions, updates/notifications and forums labels already in place.
A while back, Gmail introduced "Smart Labels" for bulk email, notifications, forums and social updates. You can't edit these filters, but you can automatically archive matching messages, so those updates don't fill up your inbox.
The latest Gmail Labs offering does something that Greasemonkey hackers (and our own Better Gmail extension) have long found useful—hide label tags from the inbox, freeing up more screen space for subject lines and message previews.
AutofillPDF Labels is a handy web tool for anyone who's wanted to print their own labels of any kind, but loathes the idea of manually filling out the printing template over and over. Many print-your-own label packets come with links or CDs that get you a pre-formatted Word document to fill out. Unless you're getting married or sending out other invitations, though, you'll usually end up putting the same thing on each label, and Ctrl-C/V-ing your precious time away. This handy webapp pops open a scripted PDF file on any system, while letting you change the font, styling, size, and other text properties, and also add images. In short, you create one label, and the PDF fills out the rest of them for you. The templates include CD labels, address or mailing, file folder labels, and even non-sticky business cards. Free to use, no sign-up required, and it works best with Adobe Acrobat (the free reader). autofillPDF Labels