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How to use and setup Gmail Meter tool in Gmail

Ever wonder about your emailing habits? How many mails you have sent, how much of emails do you actually read, and do you reply fast enough?

If you are a Gmail user than you can easily track all your email activities with Gmail Meter tool. It has been developed by Romain Vialard, a Google Apps Script Top Contributor.

Gmail Meter is an Apps Script which runs on the first day of every month and sends you an email containing different statistics about your Inbox. In a similar way to how recently introduced Google Account Activity gives key stats about how you’ve used your Google Account, Gmail Meter gives you different types of statistics that will help you analyze your Gmail habits.

Few salient features of Gmail Meter tool

1. Volume Statistics show you the number of important and starred messages, the number of people who sent you emails, and more. Volume statistics can be very useful in determining how you are using email efficiency tools like Priority Inbox.

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2. Daily Traffic gives you an estimate of when you receive messages and when you send them during a given month. For example, in the graph below you can see how the peaks in my “Sent” curve indicates that I write emails in spurts.

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3. Traffic Pattern lets you get a sense of your overall email activity over the past week.

4. Email Categories tells you how you are managing your Inbox. In the pie chart below, you can see that the majority of my emails are labeled. My Inbox is tiny compared to other labels which indicates that I keep a lean and mean Inbox.

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5. Time Before First Response shows you how long it takes you to reply, and how long it takes others to reply to you. By looking at this chart, I can infer that I reply faster than others I communicate with.

6. Word Count tells you whether you are writing long emails. The example below shows that most of my emails are shorter than 200 words.

7. Thread Lengths help you understand whether you participate in long conversations resulting in long threads.

8. Top Senders and Top Recipients help you identify who you communicate with more frequently.

How to Setup Gmail Meter

It is easy to set up Gmail Meter. First, go to Google Docs and open a Spreadsheet. Click on Tools > Script Gallery. Search for “Gmail Meter” and click Install.

You will now see a new menu item called Gmail Meter on your spreadsheet. Click on Gmail Meter > Get a Report. You can then choose the type of report. Preparing a report may take some time and you will get an email once the report is ready.

Learning about your email habits will help you in becoming more email efficient. So, before you read email, be sure to learn more about your own email habits using Gmail Meter.

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