One of my goals this year is to set better boundaries so that I can continue working on a balance between work and personal life. One of the areas that I sometimes struggle in is with e-mails. I only try to check my e-mail in the morning and then again in the afternoon around 4pm or so. Some days I’m not so great with sticking with this.
I want to be better about the times of the day I’m e-mailing people because I don’t want them to think I’m available 24/7. So if I happen to check my e-mail at 9pm, and see something that I should respond to, I don’t want them to see me responding to an e-mail at 9pm because then it opens up a mindset of me being available that late at night.
I recently realized that through my e-mail with GoDaddy, I can actually SCHEDULE when I want my e-mails to send! This is SO great because then I can keep my business hours even if I happen to check late at night. I can see the e-mail, respond right away so I don’t forget about it, and then schedule it to go out at 8am the following day!
Such a great way to set boundaries AND still get your work done if you need to be working late some nights! With my e-mail provider, in the top right corner of my compose message box, this is how I would set the time for it to be sent out.
I don’t have any experience with gmail for scheduling e-mails but I have heard about a plug-in called Boomerang for g-mail that works really great for the same purpose!!
Scheduling e-mails is another way to be effective with your time and workflow and still set boundaries with your clients and with your own life!