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This is the second blog post in a three part series on how I use Slack. I debated on whether or not this should be Part 2 or Part 3.  If you are not willing to change your configuration without understanding why and how to use it, jump to Part 3 and then come back here. For those that are pressing on, here are the configuration settings I did on my Mac desktop client. Translate to your mobile device if you have bought into the system.

Notification Settings - "Direct messages, mentions & keywords"

This supports my first goal -- If there is an emergency that people want me to know about, they will *mention me.  So all other messages are informational only and to be consumed at my leisure.  More on this, as I do want to support my third goal of participating in the fun/culture in Slack.

*Note - Just because I'm mentioned, does not mean I'll respond in a meaningful way immediately. Remember, it has to be an important message by my definition.

Do Not Disturb - Set to reasonable times

If you have not set this yet...SHAME!  Work/life balance is something you need to work at. Set some boundaries!  My hours are very generous, I'm definitely thinking about starting the DND earlier.  In support of my first goal, if there truly is an emergency that needs my attention, somebody can pick up the phone and call.  Basically, my Slack handle is not listed as my primary emergency contact number on anything.

Mute All Sound From Slack

Come on, who wants this anyhow...what am I, Pavlov's dog?  Remove any temptation to go and check Slack, be the master of your Slack domain.

Sidebar Settings

There will be much more on the why of these setting in Part 3, but suffice it to say that the "Star" will become your best Slack friend.  This is one of the key settings that helps me reach my second goal of letting my calendar dictate my focus, not Slack.

Mark as Read

Again, this becomes important when reading through the process in Part 3.  But this setting really helps me meet my third goal of being a semi-active participant in the Isos company culture that happens in Slack.

Stay tuned for part 3, where

Jump to:

  • Part 1 - I outline my goals and how I want to work with Slack.
  • Part 3 - I finish the series with the process I use to manage Slack to meet my goals outlined and how these settings work on a practical basis.

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