Your inbox is probably a noisy place that you don't enjoy visiting. Am I right? I recently read the following tweet which motivated me to clear out my work inbox for 2021 (I only use Gmail for work).
I'll keep tweeting this until I wear it out because it sorta changed my life 😂— Julian Shapiro (@Julian) April 27, 2021
If you want to avoid 95% of promo spam in your inbox, just set up a Gmail filter that moves any email with the word "Unsubscribe" into a separate folder.
Welcome to a clean inbox.
You can do the same thing in Fastmail, Yahoo or whatever, but here’s how I did it in Gmail. If you’re using HEY this entire post is probably irrelevant!
Step 1: Move Gmail to the standard, boring old Inbox format
Choose "Default" for the type then turn off Social, Promotions etc.
Step 2: Archive everything in your inbox
Note: you should probably get into the habit of archiving email threads that you've dealt with to keep your inbox free of noise. Some might call this Inbox Zero but that’s more of a religion. I’m just talking about creating a tiny habit of Kondoesque housekeeping.
Step 3: Filter out bulk emails
Step 4: Relax and enjoy a quiet, largely interruption free, inbox oasis
Welcome home, email.
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Many thanks to Julian Shapiro 🤙