There exist three kinds of Slack channels.
- Slack channels to ignore
- Slack channels to be responsive to
- Slack channels in the middle - that you can't entirely ignore but also shouldn't entirely drop tasks to be responsive to
Slack handles the first category and second category of channel well - mute channels you can ignore, and leave notifications on for channels you want to stay on top of.
However, Slack doesn't handle the third category well, since it lacks a "check at your leisure" status. But I have a workaround!
These channels - what I'm calling "Once a Day" channels - I should check when I have time. But I shouldn't let messages from them take over my day.
I can accomplish this with the following steps:
- Create a section called "Once a Day"
- Add your "Once a Day" channel to this section
- Also mute your "Once a Day" channel
Voila! Now you can keep track of these channels, without getting notifications for them.
This has helped me protect my morning focus time 💪
My once a day channels are:
- Support channels, or any channel of the form let's ask the PM questions
- Automated channels
- Announcement channels
- Fun social channels
What are yours?