Friday, June 01, 2007
Schedule Emails for Future Delivery (Outlook, Thunderbird, Webmail)
However, there are several solutions out there. Some can only be used to schedule email reminders to yourself, but others are more versatile. Let's get started.
Email Client Plugins
First off, I don't use Outlook so I can't really recommend any plugins in particular, but this guide walks you through how to schedule emails. There are also many shareware plugins that make the task a little easier.
As far as Thunderbird extensions that let you schedule emails, there are two:
Send Later: This extension modifies the "Send Later" option in your file menu so you can specify a time and date for your email to be sent. Otherwise, your email will just sit in your Unsent email box forever.
SendTools: This extension adds a "SendAt" checkbox to your compose window. Check the box to set up a time and date for delivery. Unfortunately, it doesn't work on Thunderbird 2.0b2.
The only downside to these two tools is that Thunderbird has to be kept open for the email to be sent, which is not the case if you use a webmail solution.
Web-based Email Scheduling
LetterMeLater: This is a very nicely designed site that lets you schedule both emails to yourself and others. Once you sign up, hit the Compose tab to begin scheduling emails for delivery any time in the future. There's also a recurring email option if you need to schedule regular reminder emails.
Remind Me Again...
The following sites let you schedule email to your future self:
FutureMe: We've covered this future email delivery service before. It adds in an element of PostSecret to email scheduling.
You can schedule email for delivery to the future 90 days and beyond. This is not for short-term reminder emails. The social element to the site lets you make your emails open for public comsumption.
FutureMail: FutureMail is a more flexible email scheduler than FutureMe, letting you schedule emails at any time from now to eternity. The nicely designed site lets you set your time zone so you can make sure your emails get delivered on schedule and also offers an RSS feed of your future emails (if you choose to make them accessible).