Reminder to Turn Off Your OOO Reply

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Without fail, I almost always forget to either put up an out-of-office email message when I’m headed out for vacation or remove it when I get back. It’s one of those things I remember just as I’m shutting down, or sometimes even after I’ve already left.

Before you dash out on your next vacation, here are some cool out-of-office replies you can use to amuse your friends and business associates:

1) Hi. I’m thinking about what you’ve just sent me. Please wait by your PC for my response.

2) I will be out of the office for the next 2 weeks for medical reasons… When I return, please refer to me as ‘Margaret‘ instead of ‘Steve’.

3) On vacation. Hoping to win the lottery and never return.

4) I am away from the office right now. Unfortunately, I will be back tomorrow.

5) “I am currently out of the office on vacation.

I know I’m supposed to say that I’ll have limited access to email and won’t be able to respond until I return — but that’s not true. My phone will be with me and I can respond if I need to.

That said, I promised my wife that I am going to try to disconnect, get away and enjoy our vacation as much as possible. So, I’m going to experiment with something new. I’m going to leave the decision in your hands:

If your email truly is urgent and you need a response while I’m on vacation, please resend it to and I’ll try to respond to it promptly.

If you think someone else at XYZ International might be able to help you, feel free to email my assistant, Debbie ( and she’ll try to point you in the right direction.

Otherwise, I’ll respond when I return…

6) I am on vacation from mm/dd to mm/dd. I will allow each sender one email. If you send me multiple emails, I will randomly delete your emails until it is pared down to one. Choose wisely. Please note that you already sent me one email.

7) Sorry to have missed you, but I am at the doctor’s having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.

8) (For men only) I am currently out of the office on maternity leave.

That’s all for now. Welcome back! Now, let’s start responding to all those emails…

Happy Tuesday & Happy Selling!