How to take control of your newsletters

Our email gets flooded with things for us to read. By removing all of the marketing and controlling our newsletters, we can make processing email easier. And we can limit our newsletters to those that we truly enjoy reading.

Here are some steps for you to take control of your email newsletters.

Our email gets flooded with things for us to read. By removing all of the marketing and controlling our newsletters, we can make processing email easier. And we can limit our newsletters to those that we truly enjoy reading.

Step 1: Unsubscribe from everything!

In your email application, search for the word "unsubscribe." Every newsletter and marketing email should appear.

Option 1: Now select all of the results and click delete. If you're uncomfortable with that, then mark them as read and move them to your archive. As new emails come in, immediately click the unsubscribe link a the bottom.

Option 2: Go through each of the results and click the "Unsubscribe" link at the bottom. Be sure to confirm if asked.

Step 2: Setup labels and filters.

Your email client should allow labels and filters. In Gmail, do an advanced search and enter the world "Unsubscribed" in the "Has the Words" section. Next, click the Create Filter button. Next, click then you can Apply a Label, then click Create Filter.

Each newsletter will show a label, making it easier to distinguish it from your other email.

Another easy way to handle this is to use a separate email address for your newsletters and marketing emails. In Gmail, you can create a newsletter alias just by adding +newsletters (or anything you want) to the end of your actual email address.

Step 3: Schedule a newsletter digest

There are many newsletters that we want to read. They contain valuable insights and are from people we trust.

Use a service like Mailbrew for all of the newsletters you want to read. Then use the Mailbrew app to read all of the good stuff. Your digest can also include the best content from your social networks and YouTube.

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