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GMail, IFTTT, Virtual Assistant - Ultimate Productivity Trio

Learn how to use plugins, filters, IFTTT, and Virtual Assistants to make GMail Your Greatest Tool for Getting More Done
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Created by Ari Meisel
Last updated 7/2013
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Gmail is Google's free email service, and it's amazing. It can become your ultimate productivity tools, allowing you to get more done in less time by enabling you to focus and act upon the most important information every day.

I teach The Art of Less Doing, a framework for productivity I developed to help people optimize, automate, and outsource everything in their lives and be more effective. I'm constantly writing about new ways to save you time and get more done at my Less Doing blog. 

Having a clean inbox is an essential basis for being more productive which is why I created this course. Achieving an empty inbox is not that hard when you have the right methods and tools. This course begins with my philosophy and methodology for dealing with email. It takes you through the steps of getting started with Gmail and setting it up the way I reccomend.

The second part of the course gives details on each of the amazing add ons or related services that I beleive are essential to maximize productivity. I chose to utilize videos produced by the creators of these products because they explain them better than I ever could. 

IFTTT is a free service that allows you to create automations between popular web services so you can "set it and forget it" and get back to the work you need to do.

Virtual Assistants bring the whole process full circle by allowing you to outsource all of the tasks you don't want to do and haven't been able to automate.

The value I hope you get from this course is my step-by-step, cohesive assembly of tools created by the tech community framed with my original content and methods for getting the most out of email. In addition  you'll be able to ask questions on the course forum which will be answered by me and/or other students. I will also offer regular live sessions where you can ask me questions and make comments in real time.

Who is the target audience?
  • Everyone can benefit from more effective email management and communication
  • New to Gmail
  • Gmail Regular
  • Email Guru looking for something new
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What Will I Learn?
You will learn to effectively manage email
You'll be able to use email as a centralized hub to manage your personal and work world
Achieve and maintain inbox zero
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  • A Gmail Account (you can create it for this course)
Curriculum For This Course
Expand All 20 Lectures Collapse All 20 Lectures 01:37:18
GMail, IFTTT, and Virtual Assistants
1 Lecture 00:52
Learn about Three Amazing Weapons of Productivity
Introduction from Dr. Hans Von Puppet
6 Lectures 31:31
The Three D's - Delete It, Defer It, Deal with It
The Less Doing Approach to Email

Transfer Your Old Messages and Contacts to Your New Gmail Account
Getting Started - Migrating to GMail and Importing Accounts

Get Gmail's built in settings and add ons right from the start
Getting GMail Settings and Labs Tweaked to Perfection

Create The Most Important Gmail Filter and the ONLY Folder You'll Ever Need
The Most Essential Filter and Folder Everyone Should Have

Watch as I show you Less Doing Email Practices
How I Process My Email Using GMail

All Of The Additional Services That Supercharge Gmail
Gmail Add-Ons and Plugins
5 Lectures 22:39
IFTTT Puts The Internet to Work For You
What Is IFTTT and How Do You Use It?

Common Uses of IFTTT
Basic Recipes

Advanced Uses of IFTTT
Advanced Recipes

An overview of my IFTTT recipes to inspire you

Zapier Allows You to Work With More Services in More Customized Ways

Digging Deeper with Zapier
Virtual Assistants
7 Lectures 22:15
Virtual Assistants Can Take A Huge Amount of Stress of Your Mind
Preview 01:43

On Demand vs. Dedicated Assistants
Two Types of Virtual Assistants and How You Can Use Them Both

Common Tasks Performed by Virtual Assistants
What Can a Virtual Assistant Do For Me?

How I Use My Virtual Assistants
How I Use FancyHands

Creating the Manual of You - Documenting Processes
Creating the Manual of You

Tools for Advanced Outsourcing
Tools for Advanced Outsourcing

The Holy Grail of Outsourcing - Automation
Preview 03:25
1 Lecture 02:49

Combine These Services for Superhuman Productivity

Bring Them All Together
About the Instructor
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Achievement Architect

Ari Meisel started three companies in the technology sector before high school. After graduating from college, Ari visited upstate New York and bought a group of 1880's cigar factories with the vision of creating luxury lofts. Ari created LEED Pro as a green building consulting business and to operate the LEED Pro Blog on green building materials which got picked up for a book called LEED Materials: A Resource Guide to Green Building. Most recently, Ari has been developing LEED certified, mixed use properties in the Hamptons through Meisel Development. In order to keep up with all of these ventures, Ari had to develop several systems and processes to make managing several ventures at nice feasible, so he co-founded Less Doing. Through his methodology of Achievement Architecture, Ari helps people optimize, automate, and outsource everything in their lives and be more effective. Ari has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and spoke at TEDxEast.

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