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What split inboxes do you use in Superhuman?

I have a News split inbox for email newsletters—do you have any unique ways you're using split inboxes to be more productive?

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bonam's avatar
2 years ago
Split for each company function.

I have split inboxes set up for each company function, such as Accounting, HR, Partnerships, Investors, and more. If you're using Gmail as the underlying email provider, you can go into your Gmail settings and set up auto-labeling so that emails are directed into each split inbox automatically (if desired).

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@ivan_olita (replying to @bonam )
a year ago

Hi! Thank you for this ingenious idea! I'm a bit confused by what you said re the auto labeling? Gmail would create labels but how can you have the labels go into a split? Seems like you're setting the same conditions twice? one time for gmail and another for gmail?

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@maguay (replying to @ivan_olita )
a year ago

Superhuman essentially lets you build a split inbox from anything. You can search for anything in Superhuman and turn that into a split, or add a specific tag, domain, or sender to a split. Gmail's tags combined with filters give you a bit more granular control, and you can set them to do automated things (mark as read, forward them elsewhere, etc.) and will keep the label for long-term organization instead of just the short-term view in Superhuman, so those among others may be reasons to use both Gmail labels and Superhuman's own splits.

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@ivan_olita (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

Thanks for your reply! Absolutely. But there’s no way to really match them.. they will still exist as 2 separate tools so to say .. @bonam message confused me cause it seemed that a labeled message from gmail would automatically end up in a split on superhuman which is not the case.... good stuff nonetheless. I had difficulties creating a split with pocket newsletters - other than that they are very useful!

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@maguay (replying to @ivan_olita )
a year ago

Yup Superhuman doesn't automatically create splits from tags—instead, you can open a tag or search for label:"NAME" in Superhuman, then create a split from it.

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@ivan_olita (replying to @ivan_olita )
a year ago

sorry I meant one time for gmail and another time for superhuman

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@ivan_olita (replying to @bonam )
a year ago

Hi! Gmail labeling would create a label wouldn't it? How does the gmail label connect with the split? It seems like you are setting the split 2 times.. Am I missing something?

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@patio11 (via Twitter)
2 years ago
A special split (tab) for upcoming meetings

A thing which has been saving my bacon in Superhuman: making a special split (tab) for upcoming meetings (identified by tagging them "meeting", which takes two keystrokes).

I love how customizable it is to "However you work right now."

Similarly, when I do something which generates a standing wave of email (e.g. blog post or similar), I often make a temporary split to corral that out of my inbox so that I can be in the right headspace for a solid hour rather than interleaving with work or other commitments.

That is probably the best habit I've picked up from Superhuman, incidentally: I don't know if it is my sometimes limited ability to focus through task switches or something more widely applicable, but I get much more done when processing email by genre versus by timestamp.

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Evbart-'s avatar
a year ago

So far the important / other split has been pretty reliable. On my work email I have calendar events split out.

Anyone know how to recreate the gmail "Updates" tab? That one has been pretty useful for me, and I'd like to have that in Superhuman.

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@maguay (replying to @Evbart- )
a year ago

@Evbart- Gmail adds a “Category” field to each email when it’s added to one of its default tabs, and in this case a search for Category:Updates will give you all the emails that would otherwise show up in the Updates tab. Search for that in Superhuman, make a new split from that search, and you should have the same Updates messages in Superhuman.

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@Evbart- (replying to @maguay )
a year ago

Thanks, that did the trick. Really helpful. I'm liking the app so far, though I'm going to test something like Spark to see if I can get all the same features I'm using in Superhuman, not sure its really worth the premium ( I'm realizing I just don't have that many emails to reply to each day).

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@maguay (replying to @Evbart- )
a year ago

Yay glad to hear that worked!

If you manage to get Spark to work close enough to Superhuman for you, would love to hear how you set it up!

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maguay's avatar
2 years ago
Newsletters and long reads in one tab

This is a simple one, but I have all my email newsletters and other long reads added to a News split that's easy to ignore during the day, then a place to read without worrying about the rest of the email inbox in the evening.

It's like Instapaper for email.

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capiche's avatar
2 years ago
Ideas from the Superhuman team

The Superhuman team shared some of the most popular Superhuman email splits in a blog post, including:

  • Calendar, with a split that watches for all calendar invites and .ics files
  • Google Docs, to watch for file invites and edits from Google Docs
  • Tasks, to watch for starred emails or labeled emails to put every task together

Other popular ones include app-specific splits to keep Asana, Intercom, GitHub, Confluence, LinkedIn, and other app notifications together.

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