An example: automatically mark emails as read
If your inbox has thousands of unread emails that are unlikely ever to be read, and you are anxious about this, you might benefit from automatically managing your unread email count. I’ve created a script which, on weekdays, marks as read any unread email older than 24 hours. This lets me skim the subject lines in my inbox, open the emails that seem interesting, and ignore the rest, which will quietly vanish a day later.
Combined with Priority Inbox, this script helps me have a high ratio of “effectiveness at email” to “attention spent on email”, which I lack if I have to read every single message in my inbox. Despite how risky this approach seems, it hasn’t caused me to miss out on anything important.
You can see my “Mark All As Read” script here.
In the future, I’d be interested to try script.google.com to automate my use of other Google services. For now, it’s proven extremely useful at managing my email, and I strongly recommend it.