There are many great hacks you can perform to make your Gmail experience better, and this is one of the best tweaks I have found for organizing my inbox. It utilizes Gmail’s filters to automatically route your incoming email into certain labels. These labels are sort of like folders, organizing your information into relevant areas.

For instance, if I come across a good article while browsing the internet and I want to keep it for reference or if it’s too long and I want to read it later, I simply send it to an email address that looks like this: SallyJones+Great_Articles@gmail.com. Google will see the ‘+Great_Articles’ text in the email address and filter it into the correct label, thus saving me from manually archiving it later.

Here are the steps to set this up:

1. Log in to your GMail account
2. Create a new label. Call it whatever you like. Note: use an underscore instead of a space when naming your labels. This label will be listed on the left-hand side of your window.
3. Now Create a filter by clicking on Settings, then on Filters
4. Place your cursor in the input box labeled To: and type in gmail_username+label@gmail.com where gmail_username is your GMail username. For instance JohnDoe+Neat_Stuff@gmail.com. Then click next.
5. Now check Apply the label and choose Neat_Stuff or whatever you named your label.
6. Check Skip the inbox to automatically send the message to that label instead of your main inbox.
7. Finally Click Create filter and you’re ready to go!

Optional Step:

8. I found that by adding the email address to my personal contact on my phone has made this even easier. Go to your specific contact in the contacts on your phone and add an additional email address to that contact that looks like this:

gmail_username+label@gmail.com

changing the default to whatever your username and label are. That way when you find something you want to forward to your email, you can start typing your email address in the To: field and the tweaked email address will show up as an option. Piece of cake 🙂