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How to Tidy Up Your Gmail Account

Anyone with a kink for easy-mail management has likely stayed away from GMail over the years. Despite its superior storage sizes, ease of use, and incredible reliability, you’ll find very few people who decided to open an account with GMail because of its ability to easily-organize their inbox. That’s because, quite frankly, it doesn’t have it.

However, there are some strategies you can begin using today to start battling into that monolithic horde of unread messages currently waiting to be read by you. No, you don’t need to be intimidated by their sheer numbers anymore, for they’re mostly just talk. That’s why, today, we’re going to share some tips which help you to tidy up your GMail account, show you specific techniques you can use, and also teach you how to make sure you never have more than a handful of unread messages leering menacingly at you in the future (well, unless a lot of people actually want to speak to you, anyway).

Search!

The first thing you need to do is SEARCH! Yes, take a quick look at your inbox, and identify which companies or people are sending you the most nuisance emails. Then type their name into the search box across the top of the screen. You may need to click the little ‘down arrow’ at the right of the box to enter more specific criteria (such as the sender’s email address, which you can get from just next to their name in any of their messages, or by excluding chats so that anything you’ve responded to doesn’t get caught up in your purge).

Once you’ve managed to cast the net just wide enough to catch all the nonsense you don’t need, go ahead and click the small grey checkbox under the search bar to select every message. You’ll then be prompted by GMail with a message to the effect of “All 50 conversations on this page are selected. Select all conversations that match this search”. Click on the underlined text so that you can select all messages (rather than having to delete 50 at a time), and then click the little trash-bin icon below the search bar.

Repeat this process for everyone who’s been sending you bulk-emails concerning things you never needed to know about, until your inbox is small enough that you can go through and delete the remainders one-by-one.

Unsubscribe!

While you’re deleting emails from the above-mentioned batch-message distributors, remember to open one of their correspondences up. At the bottom, they should have provided you with a link to somewhere you can go to explicitly unsubscribe to future communications from them.

In fact, the CAN-SPAM bill which was approved by then President George Bush back in 2003 was updated in 2008; one of the biggest benefits of this update was a legal requirement for anyone distributing marketing emails to provide a way for their users to easily opt-out of future correspondences. So, if anyone’s been sending you generic messages on a regular basis, they should have done this.

If, on the other hand, you can’t find a way to unsubscribe, search for all their messages (as above) and send them to your spam folder. GMail will no longer bother you about future emails from that particular sender, and all their messages will immediately be junked (however, they will be in your spam folder for a short while, so you can read them if you really want to).

Categorize

Even though GMail doesn’t allow you to use conventional folders in your inbox, you can quite easily categorize messages using their own proprietary “Labels” feature. This allows you to related messages with the same keyword, even if they haven’t arrived in your inbox yet. This is done by setting up a series of filters (which are well worth Googling if you don’t already know about them). Filters are, essentially, a set of rules which instruct GMail on how to handle messages as they arrive in your inbox.

Add-Ons

While we won’t go into explicit details about add-ons in this post, there’s definitely some amazing tools you can use to make managing your GMail account less stressful. Most notable is Email Game (emailga.me), which will present you with your inbox serially, meaning that you have to deal with each message one-by-one. It may sound painful, but it’s a great way to ensure that emails no longer get bounced around or are left to fester in your inbox!

Using these tools, you can immediately get to work on tidying your GMail account, and we hope that you’ll find them as useful as we do ourselves. Until next time, remember to keep checking back for more awesome (and helpful!) articles like this one. Ciao!

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Tips on Helping You Find The Best Lawyer

Whenever you are faced with a legal situation it is vitally important that you put the effort into finding the best lawyer for you. There are many lawyers all over the place who may be trained, but may not necessarily be the best fit for you.

I want to share with you then, the process which I went through last year when I had to select a lawyer for an employment case that I was going through. My final selection was the guys at Dolan law firm, a choice which turned out to be a great success. If you are looking for a lawyer, here is how to find the best one.

Specialization

The first step is to assess what kind of lawyer it is that you need. Lawyers will specialize in a certain aspect of the law, and so it is important that you pick the right one for your case. A divorce attorney is not going to be able to help you very much if your case is about a personal injury so make sure that you make the right choice.

Making a List

Once you know what kind of lawyer it is that you need, you should start making a list of potential candidates. First check the BAR association website to find local, licensed lawyers. Once you have done this, it is time to start whittling down your options.

Reviews

Online you can find a huge amount of reviews of law firms, which have been written by previous clients. It is important that whilst you pay attention to this, that you don’t take it as gospel. The reason for this is that many people will take to the internet to leave negative views, over positive opinions. Equally it can be easy to manipulate reviews, so use them as a measure rather than as fact.

Reputation

Next up you need to check out the reputation of the law firms on your list, to see what their track record is like in cases such as yours. Naturally you will want the very best lawyer that you can afford, so aim for one which has a high rate of success. You can find previous case information and success rates on the BAR association website.

Making Appointments

Once you have checked the reviews and the reputation of the firms on your list, you should have cut your choices down to around 3 or 4. In order to work out which of the remaining candidates will be the best choice, you shod start to make appointments with each one. During your appointment you should speak about your case, and what kind of strategy the lawyer plans to take. During the appointment you should see how comfortable and how confident you feel with the lawyer, and whether or not you feel that they believe in your case. Trust your instinct during the meetings, and go with the firm which gives you the best impression.

Why is Summer Camp Good for Your Kid?

Has your child ever been to summer camp? If not, do they and you for that matter know what they are missing out on?

Attending summer camp can be a great experience for the whole family.

For the children, they learn new skills, have fun when out of school, and often return home a more confident kid.

For the parents, it is good to see one’s child grow and mature in such a short amount of time. Even better, mom and dad get a little break from their loved one if even only for a week or two.

So, should your child be heading off to summer camp?

Many Advantages to Your Child Going to Camp

If you have not taken time to think about why summer camp would be good for your son or daughter, there are many reasons.

First, he or she gets to be around other kids their age. Yes, while this is the case with going to school, being at summer camp is a little bit more of a relaxed setting. As such, your child may come to find that summer camps for kids are a great thing.

Second, think about all the different activities your child can partake in when at camp.

Among some of the offerings can be:

· Sports

· Computers

· Science

· Arts and crafts

· History

· Gardening

· Making different foods

You may be quite surprised when your child returns from camp. He or she may have picked up some skills they did not have when they left for camp not all that long ago.

Some of those skills may well transfer over to school when they return there in the fall.

In the event your child has struggled with grades, camp could help them turn things around in class.

Another advantage of camp is that they can interact with some great counselors.

In some cases, one or more of your child’s school teachers has not connected with them during the school year.

A great camp counselor or two may be able to get through to your kid sooner than later. In the process, your child may become more open to working harder in the classroom moving forward.

Last, some parents know all too well how long the summer can drag on.

With that in mind, going off to camp for a week or longer can be a great opportunity for your child to get away.

Instead of boredom at home, your child can go off to camp and have some experiences they’ve never had before. When this happens, it can open up a whole new world for them now and moving down the road.

Given you know your child better than anyone; do you think a week or more at camp would be the right experience for them?

If so, get going in finding the right camp for them.

Although camp is not for all kids, millions have discovered it was the perfect way to spend part of summer.