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Tidy Up Your Email with Boomerang for Gmail [VIDEO]

I’m definitely an “inbox zero” kind of girl. I have filters upon filters. Systems for certain types of emails. I even rejoiced when Gmail released the new tabs system because it added another way to stay organized. I realize that I’m in the 1% in terms of how I handle my email, but I know that this is also one of the reasons why I don’t feel so bogged down or overwhelmed when it comes to my work load. I also have things under control.

So I thought I would share one of the key tools that helps me make life a little cleaner in my Gmail with you. This Savvy Tuesday episode is about a little friend of mine named Boomerang.

Tidy Up Your Email with Boomerang for Gmail

I truly treat my inbox as another version of my to do list. If anything is in it, it should be something that I can address immediately. For the other stuff that can wait, Boomerang helps me keep my inbox clear until it’s time to deal.

Boomerang is a browser add on (so don’t go looking for it in Gmail). It can be added as an extension to Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. (Sorry IE!) Once you download it to your browser and refresh all your tabs, there will be a new button in your Gmail account.

Now you’re ready to use the tool. Here’s what Boomerang can do for you:

1. Schedule messages to be sent at a later date

If you’re like me, sometimes it’s easiest to get back to some emails later in the day so you don’t have to deal with it all in the morning. However, you don’t want people thinking that you’re just as accessible at night as you are during normal business hours (a parameter that is different for everyone but you should decide for yourself and then stick with it). So you can draft all your emails and hit the big, red, new “send later” button and set the time and date that you want that email to be delivered. Now all your nightly email responses can be sent first thing in the morning or whenever you like.

2. Send emails away and schedule them to come back when you’re ready to deal with them

I use this funciton A LOT. I get so many emails that don’t need to be dealt with immediately or are waiting on an answer or new development. You can click on an email and hit the “boomerang” button to send it away and then schedule a time for it to come back to your inbox fresh and new when it makes more sense to make time for it.

  • I love to do this with events I’m not sure I can attend because they aren’t a priority and I need to see how my schedule pans out. I’ll schedule them to come back just before the RSVP date and figure out then if I can make it.
  • This is also great if you want to schedule your e-bills to come on the day you usually sit down to pay them. Who likes to look at bills that need paid every time you’re in your inbox? Not me.

3. Respond to an email and schedule it to come back to your inbox only if you never receive a reply

This is a great feature for prospecting so you can keep track of new leads that you’re communicating with by not letting them fall off the radar if they never get back to one of your emails. You should also be tracking this activity with contact or project management software, but a reminder in your Gmail is great as well.

BONUS TIP:

If you’re overwhelmed with putting a dent in your inbox just so you can get to a point where Boomerang will help you, definitely check out The Email Game. It’s from the creators of Boomerang and will make clearing the crap from your inbox fast and fun.

P.S. Sign up for my webinar for the Top 7 Tips to Become a Pro Vlogger!

Click to tweet a big thanks to the Baydin people for all their hard work on great tools like Boomerang!

Amy Schmittauer Visit Website
Amy is the Founder of Savvy Sexy Social and President of Vlog Boss Studios, a digital marketing agency specializing in video content creation. Connect with her on Twitter.
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4 comments
Cherry May Ward
Cherry May Ward

Hi Amy! Thanks for this awesome tool! I'd love to turn my inbox into a zero inbox but one thing I'm having trouble with (and this is probably a really silly question) but what about all those newsletters you're subscribed to? I love them and most of the time get great (and exclusive) content... but they begin to clog up the email as I always find more, and more and more amazing sites to follow everytime I got onto the web :S Is there somewhere I can send my email subscriptions or should I just create filters? Please help!