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Boomerang Plug-In For Gmail and Outlook

Savvy Tech Tool: Schedule Emails to Be Sent Later With Boomerang

Reader has a pretty genius solution for sending late-night emails to colleagues and bosses — a tech tool called Boomerang. I recently talked about how sending emails in the wee hours can seem a bit unprofessional so it's best to hold off till the morning if you can if it's not an urgent email and if your fellow office workers live in the same time zone.

Boomerang is a Firefox and Chrome plug-in that will let you schedule your emails to be sent at a later time and date, anywhere from a minute later to years later. You can install one for Gmail or for Outlook. The tool even lets you take out emails from your inbox and resend them back to you at a later time when you actually need them. For example, if your friend sent you an email today, but you're not going to have any time to respond until the weekend, you can use Boomerang to remove the email from your inbox and resend it to you on Saturday.

I just downloaded the plug-in for my Gmail account and I love it! I wrote an email late last night that I scheduled to be sent at 9 a.m. today, which went off without a hitch. I even had time to look over it before it was sent.

I can imagine this feature coming in really handy on Friday when I'm writing work emails, because people are more likely to forget to reply as they usually put off replying to Friday emails until after the weekend. Using Boomerang to schedule those emails for Monday mornings may cut down on the hassle of sending follow-up emails.

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