In light of Inbox's untimely demise, we've been talking a lot about ways to make Gmail a less cluttered and more pleasant home for email productivity. Earlier this week, we even looked at a way to bring the actual Inbox interface into Gmail — but you know what? Clinging onto the past isn't the answer for everyone.

What if instead there were a way to embrace Gmail for what it is — to keep its own distinctive interface but to apply some Inbox-like minimalist principles, tweaks that make it less of a visual mess and more of a focus-friendly environment for getting stuff done?

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