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How to fake your clients into thinking you don’t work on the weekends or late at night

I know, I know. I should NOT work on weekends and I should NOT work late at night.

Most of the time, I don’t. But sometimes, I have to.

This is one of the drawbacks of entrepreneurial life. And when I do have to work weird or weekend hours, I absolutely don’t want people to know about it. (So – SHHHH!)

“Why?” –¬† you ask?

Because I don’t want clients to expect a response from me 24/7. If I continuously respond to emails at 11:00 at night on a Tuesday or at 9:00 a.m. on a Saturday, I will be training my customers to expect 24/7 service.

And that ain’t a good thing.

Here’s the great news: there’s a super easy way to fake it. I used to use a Google Chrome browser extension to schedule emails, but Gmail now has its own built-in email scheduler.

How to do schedule an email:

When you have your email drafted, click the arrow next to “send” to see the “schedule send” option.

schedule send email

On an mobile device, click the three dots at the top of your screen and “schedule send” at the bottom:

schedule send email mobile

Choose from the available time options or set your own date and time:

schedule send email available tims

You can see all of your scheduled emails in the scheduled “folder” in Gmail:

scheduled folder schedule send

You can also see that an individual email is scheduled and you can cancel the send, which will return the email to your drafts:

individual scheduled email

It’s always best to *not* work nights and weekends, but when you absolutely have to…

Schedule those emails for “normal people hours.”


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