Getting things done now is great, but perhaps a bit overrated. Sometimes later is better. When dealing with email you may want to wait until the time is ripe to tackle the messages in your inbox.
Boomerang is a nifty tool designed to help you deal with your Gmail at a more convenient time. Let’s say you’re just getting back from vacation and your inbox is flooded with emails pestering you for your attention. Responding to every email at once overwhelms you so you decide to prioritize. You tackle urgent messages immediately but you don’t want to neglect emails that you postpone until later.
Boomerang lets you time-shift emails so you can send, read and respond to emails later, giving you power over the timing of your emails. You can clean out your inbox now and take control of the timing of your emails.
Here’s a video showing you how Boomerang works:
You can used Boomerang with Gmail on Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers. The Boomerang website will guide you through installing Boomerang on Gmail.
Ways to Use Boomerang
A very handy feature of Boomerang is the ability to send emails later. Here are some examples of when Send Later might be useful:
- You’re drafting a work email over the weekend but want to send it out on Monday morning when your coworkers are back in the office.
- Your recipient is in a different time zone and you want to be sure he sees your email in the morning.
- You want to send out a newsletter or party invitation on a certain date.
Use Boomerang to send your email at the ideal time and date.
To use Send Later, compose your email and then click Send Later instead of Send.
You can either click the default time or select the exact date and time when you want your message to be sent.
You can use Boomerang to remind you about emails you want to send or ones you’ve received. If you get an email you want to deal with later, Boomerang it to a later time and date. You can also Boomerang draft emails to appear in your inbox later so you can review them before you send them.
To use Boomerang as a reminder, click on the Boomerang icon at the top of your emails, then choose when you want to follow up with the email you want to send or one that you have received.
Boomerang If No Response
One of my favorite features of Boomerang is the one that alerts you when you haven’t received a response to your email. This filters the Boomerang messages so you only get reminders when someone hasn’t responded to your email.
Let’s say you’re sending out a lunch invitation to a friend you haven’t seen in a while. You can Boomerang the email to have it return two days later and check Only if Nobody Replies.
If you hear back from your friend within two days, the Boomerang email reminder won’t reappear in your inbox. If your don’t hear from your friend, you will see the email you sent to her appear in your inbox with a Boomerang label.
Manage Your Scheduled Emails
To see your scheduled emails, check out the Boomerang icon at the very top of your Gmail page. Click on Manage Scheduled Messages to see which messages are schedule and to edit those messages.
Boomerang is also available as a free app for Android. Boomerang app on Android.
Boomerang is free for up to 10 messages a month. You can upgrade to a paid account if you want unlimited messages. A premium account also gives you access to additional features such as Notes and Recurring Messages.
You can earn prizes by referring friends who sign up for Boomerang. When a friend whose email you recommend signs up for Boomerang and uses it for one message, you both get to spin the Boomerang wheel for prizes ranging from a Kindle Fire to a free month of Boomerang Premium. Find out more from Boomerang Rewards.
You can find out more information about pricing from Boomerang’s website. I’ve used the free version of Boomerang for several years and have never needed more than 10 messages a month, but your usage may vary.
What Else You Need to Know
Boomerang is a browser plugin, so you have to be at your own computer to use Boomerang, or another computer that has Boomerang installed on a browser. If you log into your Gmail account on another computer that doesn’t have Boomerang installed, you won’t be able to send any emails to Boomerang.
To set up a Boomerang email you must be connected to the Internet. But when Boomerang sends a message (either a delayed email from you or a reminder into your Gmail inbox), you do not need to be connected to the Internet. So you can use Boomerang when you’re leaving on vacation and want email messages to be sent via Boomerang while you’re away and unplugged.
You can use Boomerang to delay messages, remind yourself of emails and put off til tomorrow what you don’t want to deal with today.
Have you ever wanted to postpone dealing with emails until later? Have you ever forgotten about an email you meant to get back to later? Have you ever used Boomerang? Let us know in the Comments section below!