Schedule an eMail to be Sent Later Using Bloomberg

Going for holidays today without carrying your laptop or smartphone (or no internet connectivity) and want to inform your boss next day. Gmail and some other popular mail clients does not offer email scheduling. But here is a solution for this too. Boomerang for Gmail is a free Firefox and Google Chrome plugin that lets you take control of when you send and receive emails. Bloomberg gives you capability to write an email now and set to sent that on a scheduled time in future.

Boomerang is a plugin that fits beautifully into the default Gmail UI. The plugin is also available for the smartphones like iPhone, Android phones and Blackberry. You can try the app on you smartphone by going to this link from your mobile device. This will lead you to download page and after downloading it will install in your smartphone.

First download and install Bloomberg add-on on your Firefox or Chrome browser or on smartphone. Bloomberg needs your permission to access your Gmail account. Simply gave account access permission to Bloomberg to use this feature. Now reload Gmail on your browser. Bloomberg adds ‘Send Later’ button next to send button on compose mail page. Just write the message as you normally would, then click the Send Later button. Now Select the time you want to send the message from the drop-down menu or you can even enter your date in normal language. Boomerang will understand phrases such as Tomorrow at 12PM or Next week. Click Confirm when you’ve entered the time you want.

You are done. Now you are ready to schedule your Gmail messages for future.

Bloomberg also offer a follow up reminder service. If you want a cleaner inbox, but don’t want to lose track of important messages? Use Boomerang to take messages out of your inbox until you actually need them. Just click the Boomerang button when you have an email open, and choose when you need it again. Boomerang will archive the message. At the time you chose, Bloomberg bring it back to your inbox, marked unread, starred, or even at the top of your message list.

Bloomberg also 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.

But remember Boomerang allows only 10 free scheduled e-mails per month and requires a subscription beyond that limit. If you want to send frequent mails then purchase a premium version of this add-on.

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