How to Use Slack to Be More Productive: Top 10 Tips

How to Use Slack to Be More Productive

“Be less Busy” is the motto of Slack, which encourages users to improve their productivity via their real-time communications platform. Many teams find it works well.

Slack is a messaging app that was designed for teams. It has many great features to help keep team members in touch and organized. Slack has many great features that will help you maximize your productivity, such as the ability to report every morning and to turn it on snooze when needed.

We asked 10 entrepreneurs at YEC for their top tips and tricks on using Slack to do more. These are their answers:

10 Ways to Use Slack to Be More Productive

1. Talk “Around the Horn”

Each week, our marketing department hosts team members from all over the country. Every few weeks, they meet in Slack Chat to have an “around-the-horn” conversation. This keeps everyone in the department current on each other’s projects and is more efficient than a video conference. The conversation can be accessed by anyone who is unable to attend the session. — Chuck Cohn, Varsity Tutors

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2. Set Up Integrations

There are many integrations available in Slack, particularly with Zapier. This allows notifications from other tools, such as Salesforce, Google Analytics, and others, to be automatically sent to certain Slack channels. Slack can become the central hub for your team’s communications once you have set up integrations. Alerts that are centrally searchable and easily accessible can make your team more productive. — Doreen Bloch, Poshly Inc.

3. Create Channels for Targeted Collaboration

My team has set up specific channels in Slack for us to collaborate on projects more effectively. Instead of using direct messages to bring people together, we create a channel that includes everything related to a project. This channel contains all discussions, files, images, and any other information that we need to keep us connected. — Nicole Munoz, Start Ranking Now

4. Assign an “Owner” to Each Channel

Each person on the marketing team has their own channel. Different people are responsible to manage social media, the blog, and our podcast. Each member of the team is part of a Slack channel that allows us to send daily updates about our work. We keep track of what we have done in the last 24 hours and what our plans are for the future. Our work is so intertwined that we need to announce these things to keep us accountable. — Dave Nevogt of Hubstaff.com

5. Report in Every Morning

Team members post three to six items each morning that are the most important things for them to do that day. This helps to foster transparency and team understanding by creating clarity around what’s on everyone’s mind on a few occasions sharing these updates has also encouraged collaboration, evoking a “Hey, we’d love to collaborate with you on this,” feeling. — Launch Academy Dan Pickett

6. “Mention” People Directly

There are several group chats that we have for different projects and departments. @mentions is used to contact people when they have a question. This notifies the person and sends them an individual notification. This helps us all to stay on the same page and ensures that messages to specific people don’t get lost. — John Rampton, Due

7. Ask Questions

Slack is where team members can ask questions. This allows for a record of all questions, and answers, and can be used to train future employees. Many of these questions can be used to create a handbook for employees and provide references for others on the team. — Marcela De Vivo, Brilliance

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8. Leverage Cloud Integrations

Integrate Slack into your project management systems. Zapier allows you to connect to other collaboration tools and Slack channels quickly to stay on top of all projects. Teamwork.com is used for project management, and Slack to collaborate. We can combine the two to pull in project alerts deadlines and notes. It saves time, increases collaboration, and allows us to do more. — Dan Golden, Be Found Online

9. Shared Projects

Slack allows you to share projects so others can add their ideas and suggestions or Offer to assist with a task in a project. This encourages a more active work environment and leads to many team members taking on new tasks to improve their skills and learn new things. Abhilash Patel and Recovery Brands

10. Set Reminders

Use the reminder tool (/remind) to set reminders for the entire team using an email calendar, you can use this feature to create reminders. Automated reminders can be used to remind you of meetings, hydration breaks, and timesheet submissions, as well as any other tasks that an office administrator would normally perform. This is a great way for your team to increase productivity. — Anshey Bhatia, Verbal+Visual

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