Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Tool of the Week/Busy, Busy, Busy

Last year was one of the more challenging out of a five year cycle of challenging years for me. This year is looking a lot better so far, but it’s going to take a lot of work to keep that going and I won’t have the focus needed for this blog on a regular basis. So this blog is going on semi-hiatus, which means that I’ll write occasional posts and – at the very least – every week I will try to let you know about an interesting discussion involving social media or a tool I think you might find useful.

Tool of the Week: Boomerang for Gmail

Boomerang adds to your tools by letting you write an email now and schedule it to be sent later. This is something Outlook lets you do, but Boomerang also lets you send yourself reminders for followup or to check in if you haven't heard back from someone. Maybe best of all, if you get an email for a meeting, Boomerang will figure out the best time to send the message back to you so you don't have to go looking for the meeting time or details in your inbox.

We’ve all had those days where we knew we wanted to read a particular email, but don’t have immediate time for it. Boomerang lets you send those emails back into the ether to come back another time when you’re more likely to be able to give it attention. Using Gmail, you could certainly ‘star’ it or mark it as unread in your mailbox, but if your mailbox looks anything like mine, you might not come back to it for days. If it’s from a blog you subscribe to, it might get lost among the other six or seven posts you haven’t had time to look at, yet. This is another option for making sure you don’t miss reading something you think could be valuable.

Check out Boomerang

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