1.2 BILLION people rely on Gmail to keep them plugged in every day, and chances are you’re one of them.  With so many using Gmail and harnessing the power of Google, there have to be a few shortcuts to make the experience faster, right?

Thankfully, there is.

One of the best ways to integrate Gmail seamlessly into your daily workflow is to enable Gmail’s desktop notifications. The installation is simple, plus it’s worth it because of instead of checking your email all day, notifications will pop-up letting you know there’s a new message in your inbox. If you receive a lot of email, this is a no-brainer.

For Chrome users, there’s almost no work involved. There’s nothing to download or activate, all you have to do is turn your Gmail notifications on.

  • Open your Gmail in Chrome and log in
  • Click the ‘Cog’ in the right-hand corner
  • Select ‘Settings
  • Under the ‘General’ tab, you’ll see ‘Desktop Notifications
  • You’ll see ‘Enable Desktop Notifications’ – select one of the options:
    • New Mail Notifications  – Get alerts for any messages in your primary inbox
    • Important Mail Notifications – You’ll only get message notifications for messages marked ‘Important.’
    • Mail Notifications Off – In case the notifications get to be a little too hard to handle

Just click ‘Save Changes,’ and that’s it. You’re done. All messages will pop up directly in the browser, so it’s totally low stress. If you’re not a Chrome user, there are also plugins for Firefox and Safari.

Whenever Gmail is open, new emails will pop up, and you won’t have to keep a tab open to obsessively check if that job you’re waiting to hear back on emailed you back.

If you’re looking to supercharge your Gmail even further, Umuse helps slash through the noise. If you’re a freelancer or fulltimer looking to focus, Umuse’s desktop notifications allow you to close all browsers while still receiving critical emails. And if you’re juggling multiple accounts, UMuse works with those, too.

Click here to check out Umuse.