Last time I highlighted the Google Calendar gadget, available from the Labs tab in Gmail Settings. Shortly after finding and enabling this lab, I found a gadget for Google Docs. Created by Claudia C and Ted C, this gadget inserts a window into the left-hand column of your Gmail interface with direct links to items in your Google Docs.
My favorite part of this gadget is the Show option, which allows you to tell the gadget which items you want displayed first in the window (I set mine to show starred items since I tend to use them the most). In addition to Show, click New to create a blank Google Docs item from within the window. Clicking on the All docs link will take you directly to your Google Docs homepage.
To enable this gadget on your account, go to the Labs tab in Gmail Settings and search for “Docs.”