Quickly Create Email Rules

I’m trying to get better at setting up email rules. If you’re not going to use Hey or something like it, you have to do some work yourself to not be buried.

I recently discovered that both Fastmail (which I use for personal) and GMail (which I use for work) support a flow to quickly create a rule from an example email.

In Fastmail, this option is “Add Rule from Message” in the hamburger menu:

This then pre-fills the sender and the subject:

GMail has the same option as “Filter messages like these”.

If you get into the flow of doing this regularly, this can quickly help get recurring and annoying messages out of your inbox.