After introducing Slack to the team at FlashSticks, we’ve been able to increase our efficiency through strong real-time communication on Slack. In the last 2 years using Slack, I’ve picked up a few hacks that I’d like to share, for those looking to boost their speed and usage of Slack.
1. Slack noise: Customize your notification sound.
Slack noises are great, little sounds nudges telling you that you have a colleague has messaged you. Some people don’t know that you can customize this so that you can distinguish the noises in the office when you all are receiving new messages. For this, go to Preferences and choose from the pre-selected sounds there.
2. Themes: Pick a color and make Slack look solid!
You can go crazy with the colors that appear on your Slack. They have already created some suggested some themes like “Hoth” and “Work Hard”, these are very much the basics, you can customize your colors right down to the color code, which is valuable for team’s looking for more on-brand feel Slack experiences.
3. Reminders: Organise
Reminders are key for keeping you reminded of messages at relevant times. You can now select a message to be scheduled for later to review, or even remind a team member for later. See the screenshot for more information.
4. Share a Message
Clipping a message from one colleague to another is so useful, allowing you to share context and tone when sharing work. On Slack you can now share the original message directly to others, ideal for those who used to CTRL+C and CTRL+V.
5. Starred Messages
Many people struggle to find this feature, but when they do they adore it. Starred messages can essentially serve as your bookmarking tool. Simply hit the star button and you can view it whenever inside of the mini-panel to the right of the screen, ideal for later.
6. Custom Todoist integration: Add tasks from Slack
This is an impressive integration that I do think everyone should definitely check out in passing. Todoist is a fantastic service allowing you to manage your tasks and activities across your day. Combine Todoist and Slack, and you can now add tasks directly inside of Slack saving you valuable time. See the screenshots below, and check out Todoist here.
They are constantly improving Slack to offer two things:
- A place to get work done — allowing you to reduce the usage of other apps, and reduce the chance of you leaving the Slack tool to complete a task.
- A way for you to store more within Slack — pushing your reliance on the service.
Watch out for more updates from Slack on their Twitter feed.
Originally published at rockpapermobile.com on June 5, 2016.