Boomerang for Gmail: Stay in Touch (Even When You're Out-of-Touch)

Boomerang may be a word you associate with the Outback – but it’s a tool to consider adopting if you’re interested in optimizing your communication and on-line presence.  That’s because finding time to stay in touch (even when you’re out-of-touch) is a very easy way to enhance your visibility.  Not only that, but a tool like Boomerang lets you keep up with your everyday tasks while freeing you to live your life to its fullest!

So, what is Boomerang and how does it work?

Boomerang for Gmail is a plugin that works with some, but not all, browsers (this is a limitation which I imagine they are working on).  Currently it works with Firefox 3.6+, Chrome 5.0+ and Safari 5.1+.  It’s a flexible tool that enables you to manage both your incoming and outgoing e-mails so that you can work much more efficiently and effectively.  For example:

  • Let’s say you’re reading an e-mail but you don’t have time to deal with it right now.    You can click on the ‘Boomerang’ menu and pick the time that you want to see that e-mail.  Then, when that time rolls around, that e-mail will reappear in your in-box (and in the meantime, you don’t have to worry about it).
  • How about this?  You’re going to be away, but you need to get an article to a publisher at the beginning of the month.  This is easy with Boomerang!  Just attach your article to your e-mail, click the ‘Boomerang’ menu, and schedule the e-mail to be sent whenever you want, using the ‘Send Later’ feature.
  • Boomerang understands you, too.   Another nice feature of Boomerang is that it, in most instances, understands ‘natural language’ – so when scheduling, if you type “tomorrow” or “next Monday” Boomerang will know what you mean.

And here’s another great Boomerang feature:

Boomerang can help you track messages that require a reply – something that can be a real challenge to do manually.  Here’s what they say about this feature on the Boomerang page:

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.

I highly recommend Boomerang as an addition to your collection of on-line productivity tools.  If it fits with your system, it’s easy to set up and use, and well worth the time it takes.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I have no material connection with any of the software tools or services mentioned here, and have not received any compensation for writing this content.

Comments

  1. Arjen ter Hoeve says

    Dear Paula,

    That is a wonderful tool to use in Gmail. Part of the tool was something I thought of (remind me if a person mailed back before a certain date), but also where you can schedule emails to go out.

    I would almost think… why did Google not think about this? 🙂

    Thanks for letting me know about this tool. I will check it out right now.

    Best regards,

    Arjen

  2. Hi Arjen –

    Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your thoughts about this.

    I almost wonder if Google used some of your excellent mind-mapping tools and ideas to come up with this!

    Have they visited you at http://mindmapcentral.com/ ? 😉

    Best,

    Paula

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