Dickie Bush is one of the Captains behind Ship 30 for 30, a cohort-based course focusing on building a writing habit. On Twitter, he shared his workflow for how he learns from the world's best newsletters every week.

Here's a quick overview of how he uses Gmail filters and labels for newsletters:

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Step 1: Set up a newsletter-specific email address

You will need to unsubscribe from current newsletters but once you have done this, you can set a purpose-specific email address. Subscribe to your most valuable newsletters by adding '+newsletter' before @gmail.com.

For example, if your email address is ilovemakerpad@gmail.com, you would subscribe for newsletters with ilovemakerpad+newsletter@gmail.com.

Step 2: Create a Gmail filter

Set up a Gmail filter that allows you to add the label 'Newsletter' to emails sent to the newsletter email address from Step 1.

Check off the following boxes:

  • Skip the Inbox (Archive it)
  • Apply the label: and create a new label or select the label "Newsletter"
  • Always mark it as important

Step 3: Add the Newsletter label to your messages list

Go to your Gmail settings and click on 'Labels'. Set your Newsletter label to 'Show' under 'Show in Messages List.'

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That's it! Now you can easily focus on reading the latest from the people you want to learn from!

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