You guys. I slack at my work every single day.
And not even a little bit. We're talking from the time I start working until I hang it up for the day, I am slacking almost the entire time.
And it's awesome.
Slack is a communication tool I fell in love with when I first started using it years ago. It helps that when I log in every morning, it displays a message like, "We're so glad you're here!" Thanks, Slack. I'm so glad I'm here, too!
Whether you're communicating with entire teams, or one-on-one, Slack keeps conversations organized and files secure.
It's not just user-friendly in the sense that it's intuitive to use, but it's user-friendly in the literal sense. It is super friendly to its users.
From colors to customizations, there is nothing more fun to use to communicate with others than Slack.
Instead of texting my husband, I Slack him. Instead of having the title of "Executive Assistant" with my client, my title in Slack is "Get-Stuff-Done-er". Why? Yeah, I don't know. I must have been lacking a little creativity that day. But still fun, right?
I love Slack for how it streamlines communication. I can search key words to bring up conversation threads. I can create and dedicate an entire channel to discussing one topic.
I can talk to individuals or to groups. I can make phone calls from Slack. I can make video calls from Slack. I can handle a big chunk of my workload each day by Slacking.
"But Val, isn't it a problem to have one more way people can get a hold of me, all the time?"
Slow down, breathe deep. You can customize Slack so it "snoozes" notifications between certain times of day or night, and you won't even know you're being summoned until the snooze session is over. If anyone sends me a Slack after 9:00 pm or before 8:00 am, I don't have a ping or buzz distracting me at all.
You can also disable notifications altogether, so if you're on vacation and don't want to take part in the latest conversation about who posted which comment on your Facebook post, a simple click or two will give you the space and privacy you desire.
You can use Slack through the web or through the app. You can install it on your phone, or leave it on your computer only. You can take it with you or you can leave work at work, as it were. But with it's convenience and ease of use, I'm sure you'll soon become BFFs.
Virtual teams use Slack consistently - no matter their industry. The same is true in traditional, corporate settings. Slack is taking the world by storm, and for good reason.
If you have a client who only communicates through one-sentence emails, get them on the Slack train and in a hurry!
If you have a colleague who sends you lengthy text messages, or always texts you links, insist they start Slacking with you instead.
Long story short: If you want to be more productive in your work, start Slacking.