Automate your emails
Extend Mail with this free trick for scheduling messages
Choose when emails are sent thanks to a bit of Automator and Calendar magic
With emails, timing is everything. When writing an email to a work colleague over the weekend, you may want to send it on Monday morning – thus ensuring it isn’t buried under new correspondence. If you’re emailing friends abroad, it helps to know the time zone, so that the notification buzz won’t wake them up in the middle of the night. If you’re using OS X’s Mail application, there isn’t an obvious way to choose when an email is sent. Happily, there is a solution – one that’s already installed on your Mac.
As you know by now, Automator is your Mac’s computerised chef. Its ingredients are a Mac’s processes, and the recipes it produces are the files you can create to manage your workflow. These files can be added to your Calendar, so you can clearly see when your messages are set to be sent. Automator gives you the same control that Microsoft’s Outlook provides with its ‘delayed delivery’ feature, with the bonus of working with a variety of applications on your Mac.
While complex at first glance, Automator soon becomes as easy as designing a flow chart, and can even be used with AppleScript for an extra level of control over your Mac. Adam Smith
Complex at first glance, Automator soon becomes as easy as designing a flow chart