I’m continuing my time saving Gmail hack series with one of my favorite Gmail add-ons: Boomerang. I am all about finding ways to save myself some time especially when it comes to email. You have to find the hacks that make your email work for you not you working your email! Boomerang can help you do just that.
Time Saving Gmail Hacks: Boomerang
Boomerang for Gmail lets you take control of when you send and receive email messages. You can schedule emails for the future and set up reminders for when you need to follow up on certain emails.
Setting Up Boomerang
Head on over to Boomerang’s website and install Boomerang for your browser. I highly suggest using Chrome as your default browser.
And there you go! You are ready to start using Boomerang for Gmail.
Send an email later. This is the feature that I use the most with Boomerang. If I know someone is out of office or I want to send a group email out in a few days, I’ll write it while I’m thinking about it and schedule it to send later, much like I do when writing a blog post. Just write the message as you normally would, then click the Send Later button.
Set follow up reminders. If you want a cleaner inbox, this right here will help you! There are times when you read an email and than don’t have the time to respond right away. You can set up a reminder for you to read it again. When you do this, the email is archived and taken out of your inbox. It will then appear again, marked unread, on the date and time you chose.
Remind you if you don’t hear back. There are times you need to make sure you follow up within a specific time frame after sending a message. You can select to only be reminded if nobody replies, or regardless. This way you won’t let messages slip through the crack and will never forget to follow up with people.
Boomerang can help you:
- Remember to pay bills
- Schedule birthday/holiday notes when you have time to write them
- Make sure you follow up with a sales lead
- Communicate with people in different time zones
- Clear out travel confirmation emails, returning them on the day of your trip
- And lots more!
With Boomerang, you can get a handle on your inbox and get some time back for yourself!
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