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-I received 5035 emails during the first two weeks I started working. This was
-a 7x increase compared with the 613 emails I received for the same two week period the year before.
-I was completely unprepared for such high email
-volumes and quickly fell behind in keeping up. As a
-result, I'd be lost during team meetings--and even miss some
-messages entirely because they were buried under a deluge of alerts and other
-noise. What finally got my email under control was setting up filters
-to automatically move emails from my inbox to different labels.
-
-Here, I'd like to share the Gmail filters I use to increase the signal
-to noise ratio in my inbox.
-
-__Air travel__ emails are among the worst at cluttering your inbox. A flight booked with
-United typically has three emails: a reservation confirmation, an
-eTicket Itinerary, and a check in reminder. The first two
-merely parrot information about a flight that was
-booked only moments before; it's much better to label these emails under 'Flights'
-and have them skip the inbox. Only the last email
-serves a useful purpose as a reminder to check in, but since I already
-track my upcoming flights in my calendar using [TripIt](http://www.tripit.com/), the check
-in reminder also skips my inbox.
-
-Other filter/label combinations I've set up to skip my inbox include:
-
-- __eCommerce Receipts__
- These quickly become very annoying with the high number of orders
- I place on my Amazon Prime and iTunes accounts.
-- __Shipping Notifications__
- See above re Amazon Prime usage.
-- __Facebook/Twitter Notifications__
- I'll admit that I am on Facebook often enough that I don't need a
- separate notification for Facebook activity.[^2]
-- __LinkedIn Notifications__
- It's easier to deal with LinkedIn notifications all at once.
-- __Google Calendar Reminders__
- I already have calendar notifications on my phone and laptop. A
- third reminder via email on top of that is completely
- overkill.
-
-Did you spot the pattern? Most of the emails I filter out are either
-unactionable or contain redundant information (or both). I try to
-practice [inbox zero](http://inboxzero.com) and have as few emails in my inbox as
-possible. Those that do remain become my todo list for the day.
-Thus, emails that may be characterized as "notifications with no
-further action required" (e.g. receipts and shipping notifications)
-should be categorized into the proper label (so I can find it later if
-I need to) and immediately removed from the inbox. Emails from
-airlines, Facebook, and Google Calendar that fall under the category
-of "stuff I already know" should be likewise filtered.
-
-Contribute
-----
-Feel free to contribute your own Gmail filters to the
-repo! I hope to make this the premier source of Gmail filters for
-every common need.
-
-[^2]: I'm sure some people check Facebook more than
-email. Perhaps it would make sense for Facebook to notify them when
-they receive an email, instead of vice versa.
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-I received 5035 emails during the first two weeks I started working. This was
-a 7x increase compared with the 613 emails I received for the same two week period the year before.
-I was completely unprepared for such high email
-volumes and quickly fell behind in keeping up. As a
-result, I'd be lost during team meetings--and even miss some
-messages entirely because they were buried under a deluge of alerts and other
-noise. What finally got my email under control was setting up filters
-to automatically move emails from my inbox to different labels.
+Gmail filters that help manage your inbox.
-Here, I'd like to share the Gmail filters I use to increase the signal to noise ratio in my inbox. You can
-download my [Gmail filters](https://github.com/dvdt/gmail-filters) so you can try them in your inbox too.
+Read the [blog post](http://www.davetsao.com/blog/2012/08/01/productive-gmail-filtering/)
-__Air travel__ emails are among the worst at cluttering your inbox. A flight booked with
-United typically has three emails: a reservation confirmation, an
-eTicket Itinerary, and a check in reminder. The first two
-merely parrot information about a flight that was
-booked only moments before; it's much better to label these emails under 'Flights'
-and have them skip the inbox. Only the last email
-serves a useful purpose as a reminder to check in, but since I already
-track my upcoming flights in my calendar using [TripIt](http://www.tripit.com/), the check
-in reminder also skips my inbox.
-
-Other filter/label combinations I've set up to skip my inbox include:
-
-- __eCommerce Receipts__
- These quickly become very annoying with the high number of orders
- I place on my Amazon Prime and iTunes accounts.
-- __Shipping Notifications__
- See above re Amazon Prime usage.
-- __Facebook/Twitter Notifications__
- I'll admit that I am on Facebook often enough that I don't need a
- separate notification for Facebook activity.[^2]
-- __LinkedIn Notifications__
- It's easier to deal with LinkedIn notifications all at once.
-- __Google Calendar Reminders__
- I already have calendar notifications on my phone and laptop. A
- third reminder via email on top of that is completely
- overkill.
-
-Did you spot the pattern? Most of the emails I filter out are either
-unactionable or contain redundant information (or both). I try to
-practice [inbox zero](http://inboxzero.com) and have as few emails in my inbox as
-possible. Those that do remain become my todo list for the day.
-Thus, emails that may be characterized as "notifications with no
-further action required" (e.g. receipts and shipping notifications)
-should be categorized into the proper label (so I can find it later if
-I need to) and immediately removed from the inbox. Emails from
-airlines, Facebook, and Google Calendar that fall under the category
-of "stuff I already know" should be likewise filtered.
-
-Contribute
+Install
----
-Feel free to contribute your own Gmail filters to the
-repo! I hope to make this the premier source of Gmail filters for
-every common need.
-
-[^2]: I'm sure some people check Facebook more than
-email. Perhaps it would make sense for Facebook to notify them when
-they receive an email, instead of vice versa.
+1. `git clone git@github.com:dvdt/gmail-filters.git`
+2. Enable 'Filter import/export' in Gmail Labs
+3. In Gmail > Settings > Filters, import `common_filters.xml`
+4. Examine/enable/customize the filters that make sense for you
+5. Revel in how you are now one step closer to inbox zero nirvana

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