30 | 📧 For those who hate email...
Email haters, rejoice with this simple way to take control of your inbox.
For the past few months, my work email has slowly been taking over my life.
So, I thought I'd share some of the main ways I am taking back control of my inbox over the next few weeks.
And yes, I am aware of the irony of me writing about how to make emails less bad - in the form of an email. But let's roll with it!
Today, I present to you:
Labels and Filters. Trust me: they are much more exciting than they sound.
BTW: these are relevant to Gmail, but I'm sure they'll apply to other email providers.
👋🏻 Label, meet reader. Reader, meet label
Labels are basically folders. They can be applied to anything - bills, receipts, amazing and useful newsletters - whatever you need.
Labels are great, because you can quickly find specific, related emails.
Let's use my 'Subscriptions' label as an example, which I use for newsletters I'm subscribed to.
As you can see, I'm subscribed to quite a few.
They can tend to fill up my inbox quite quickly, which isn't great when I try to keep my inbox as empty as possible.
I usually read them on the tube, so I have them ready to go, labelled as 'Newsletters' for when I need them.
There's 2 problems here:
It's time consuming to label everything manually
Labelling emails doesn't remove them from my inbox
So, how do I avoid labelling everything manually, and allowing these newsletters to fill up my inbox?
By setting up an automated filter that does the job for me.
Label, meet filter
Settings > Filters and Blocked Addresses and select ‘Create a new filter’
Here, you can enter any newsletter email addresses that you receive.
The filter will automatically then apply the 'Newsletter' label when they arrive in your inbox. No more manual labelling!
What about them clogging up your inbox?
As well as automatically applying a label, you can also select 'Skip Inbox'.
This setting sends any relevant emails straight to the label, without entering your inbox (technically they are 'archived').
So - when you need them, they'll be ready to go under your 'Newsletter' label.
Easy! And remember, this can apply to any type of email you like.
Hope this helps!
If you found this interesting and useful, feel free to subscribe. I send emails like this every Tuesday - see you next week 👍🏼
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Looking forward to catching up next week.