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I hope this series on how to use the power of RSS Feeds has shown you what a powerful tool they can be to streamline your information flow. There is one more trick I want to share with you.
Managing Email-only Newsletters
There are some newsletters I subscribe to via email because the publishers only deliver their new content using an emailed newsletter format. There is no corresponding blog post, podcast, or YouTube channel with an RSS feed that can be added to my RSS reader (Feedly). The only way to get the content is to subscribe and have an email hit your inbox. I have a couple of strategies for managing this type of information flow.
Use Outlook Rules
While researching this article, I realized I have not written about using Outlook Rules in TechTips. I will save a longer description for a future issue. The short version is Outlook allows you to process incoming emails based on a variety of rules. As you can see in the screenshot below, I have created a rule that sends the emails that match my criteria to a different Outlook “Read Later” folder. This way, the newsletter emails don’t clutter up my inbox. If you have not used Outlook Rules before, search Outlook help and follow the instructions.
Use an Email RSS Service
Using the Outlook Rules capability sometimes gets a bit complex. Another possible way to add email newsletters directly to your RSS reader is to use an external service. One potential option is Kill the Newsletter (which is free).
Kill the Newsletter is a straightforward site that generates an email address that you can use to subscribe to the newsletters you want to receive. Any newsletters that are sent to the KillTheNewsletter email address are converted into an XML feed, which you can add to your RSS reader as described previously.
You can check alternates and read some reviews by clicking this search link: Kill the Newsletter alternatives.
Keeping up on news and information is very valuable. Designing a streamlined workflow will allow you to read what you need more efficiently.
What other tips do you have for efficiently consuming information?