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You might think you’re saving time by processing emails everyday and maintaining inbox zero. You are, but not so much as you would if you didn’t have to look at those emails at all. Thankfully, you can reclaim more of your time with these simple changes.

1. Block annoying people: You can direct emails from annoying senders straight to the spam folder without the need for filters. All you need to do is click on the down arrow next to the Reply button in any email from that sender and then click the Block option in the dropdown. This is just one of the awesome Gmail features What's New in Good Old Gmail? 5 Features You Should Check Out What's New in Good Old Gmail? 5 Features You Should Check Out You might have missed out on a few new features Gmail has gradually added in the past year. So let's look at what deserves our attention. Read More Google introduced in 2014-2015.

If you want to unblock a sender, you can do it easily from Settings > Filters and Blocked Addresses.

2. Mute threads: Group emails can be fun, but they also take away time you can’t afford to spare. Mute any not-so-important thread in a couple of clicks via the More dropdown from the top bar when you have the conversation open. New emails will still show up in the thread, but you won’t be notified about them.


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3. Filter mails from “unsubscribable” lists: For a mailing list that doesn’t honor your unsubscribe request, open any email sent from its address, click on Filter messages like this from the More dropdown, and set up a filter to auto delete mails from that sender.

4. Pause your inbox: Send your inbox on a vacation with Inbox Pause. It keeps incoming mails from your inbox by holding them for you under a special label. You can “unpause” your inbox whenever you’re ready for them and those emails get moved to your inbox, as good as new.

How do you stem the flow of non-urgent, non-important emails in your primary inbox?

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  1. fcd76218
    February 24, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    "1. Block annoying people:"
    In a business situation, one's bosses and supervisors most often are the annoying people. :-) Bad form to block emails from them.

    3. Filter mails from “unsubscribable” lists:"
    GMail needs an option to send email straight to SPAM when filter conditions are met. For years I have been declaring emails from certain senders as Spam but GMail refuses to take the hint. It keeps letting those emails through.

    "4. Pause your inbox:"
    Again, not really possible in business situations when one might get an email from one of the annoying people at any moment. :-)

    • Akshata Shanbhag
      February 25, 2016 at 6:34 pm

      Haha…guess I should have made it clear that I was referring mainly to personal emails :D

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