Boomerang-Gmail Management Made Simple

in Productivity

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By Kevin Tea

If you are like me then you want to manage your email not the other way round and increasingly there are a number of excellent tools to assist with email management.  I recently discovered Mailbox for Android  which helps me prioritise my emails when away from base where I use Postbox to manage four email addresses including the inevitable Gmail account. Another GMail based tool that provides you with some extra clout in managing your inbox is Boomerang.

With Boomerang, you can write an email now and schedule it to be sent automatically at the time you decide. Just write the message as normal, then click the Send Later button. Use the calendar picker or our text box that understands language like “next Monday” to tell Boomerang when to send your message.

Follow Up

boomerang1 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.

Similar to Mailbox’s Later option you can semi-archive emails by taking messages out of your inbox until you actually need them. In the open email 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, Boomerang will bring it back to your inbox, marked unread, starred or even at the top of your message list.

Pricing Options

I don’t use Boomerang that often to warrant going to the paid service and the free option gives me 10 message credits a month and this option works both both Gmail and Google Apps. For a tad under $5 a month the personal option gives me unlimited message credits, plus all the usual send later, etc benefits. For some reason this only works on Gmail. If you want the professional option that works on both Gmail and Google Apps then you will need to stump up $15 a month.

Boomerang is available on IoS, Android and Blackberry mobile platforms.

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