Analyze your inbox with a Gmail Meter script

Knowing how you actually use your Gmail is more than half the battle toward actually managing your Gmail inbox.

You can tell a lot about a person from how they management their inbox. However, in the case of Gmail at least, it is difficult to get reliable and useable inbox management information - that is, until now. By installing a Google Apps Script called Gmail Meter, you can get a monthly report that will show you exactly how you use Gmail.


Installing the script is not difficult, but it does require a specific set of steps. First, open Google Docs and create a new Spreadsheet, like the one shown in Figure A.

Figure A

Start a new spreadsheet
Give the spreadsheet a name and then navigate the menus: Tools | Script Gallery to get to the Script Gallery search page shown in Figure B. Search for the "gmail meter" script and then click the Install button.

Figure B

Search for and then install Gmail Meter
During the install you will be asked to Authorize and then Grant Access for the script to properly function. (Figure C)

Figure C

Authorize and Grant Access
It may take a few seconds, but the Gmail Meter Script should install without any further input from you. (Figure D)

Figure D

Script installed
Once the script is installed you will see a new menu entry called Gmail Meter (Figure E). Click on the menu item and choose Get a Report. You will be give two options: Monthly Report and Custom Report.

Figure E

Get a Report
I ran a Monthly Report and few minutes later I received a report with several informative charts and graphs. I choose a few to highlight, as you can see in Figures F to H.

Figure F

Volume Statistics

Figure G

Monthly Traffic

Figure H

Email Categories

What it all means

You can get a complete rundown of all of the statistics the report produces from the Official Gmail Blog, but most of the categories are self-explanatory. You may be surprised by some of the results though, so it is worth the effort.