E-mail is hardly instantaneous--just ping an IM buddy or ring up a friend to see the difference. Still, it can feel that way, as most of us hit "send" as soon as we're done writing. Sometimes it can be handy to make use of that lack of immediacy, but scheduling e-mails can be a pain. Enter Boomerang, a sleek Firefox and Chrome extension that permits complex scheduling of Gmail messages and more. Here's how to use it:
- Install Boomerang here.
- Once the add-on is loaded, reload Gmail.
- Compose a message you want to send later.
- Click "Send later" next to the Send button at the top. You will need to authenticate, so make sure that you permit pop-ups, at least this once.
- Select the time you want to send the message from the drop-down menu.
- You can also set a message to be resent as a reminder (or nag). Tick the box next to "Boomerang this message..." then select how long before resending and whether or not a reply matters to you.
That's it! Boomerang allows 10 free scheduled e-mails per month and requires a subscription beyond that.