Notifications have increased tenfold as I’ve adapted to my new WFH life. I’ve enjoyed staying connected to my team and coworkers, but there are times when Slack can overwhelm and distract me.

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At DEG, we’ve used Slack for a while now, but I find that I’m now looking for ways to limit unnecessary distractions and increase my productivity. And I wanted to share my tips with you.

First, the biggest tip outside of Slack is to use the Do Not Disturb setting on your phone. There are times family members and friends may start texting you or tagging you on social media. Set aside your productive hours as DND (Do Not Disturb) time. Then, plow through that to-do list and check in on your phone when you’ve checked some things off.

Now, on to more good stuff.

For my fellow Slack users, here are six new ways to keep your collaboration optimized while working from home.

1. Quickly edit a post you last sent

Select the up arrow on your keyboard when viewing the channel where you typed the message. This opens your message in edit mode. Then, hit “Enter” to save your edited message to the channel.

2. Customize your view to only show unread channels

At DEG, we have a variety of channels, and it can be distracting to view them all at once. Instead, I set my side panel channels to only show unread channels.

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Then, I star any channels or direct messages. This locks these communications at the top of my side panel for easy access. I find it helpful to star my team channels and any coworkers I regularly communicate with on projects.

To show only unread channels, go to Preferences > Advanced > Channel List and select “My unreads, along with everything I’ve starred.”

3. Mute distracting channels

We all know a friendly coworker who enjoys chatting. Or that group channel that can veer off in a random direction that doesn’t need your attention. Each can result in many distracting notifications.

To stop receiving notifications from a specific channel, visit the channel settings, and mute the channel. Remember, if you’re mentioned, you’ll receive a notification even if the channel is muted. This allows you to engage in the conversation when needed.

4. Keep your status updated

Did you know you could set a status in Slack? It’s a brilliant tool for announcing upcoming PTO days or sharing that you’re taking a walk break.

Go to the upper left corner in Slack and select your name to open the settings. Choose “Update your status,” add an emoji, and write a short note. This allows you to communicate when you’re in a meeting, going for a run, or homeschooling.

5. Search emoji or make your own to spice up the convo

Start a message with a colon to search emoji options—Slack has many built into the platform for you to use. If you’d rather see them all at once, select the smiley face for a broader search.

You can also create emojis by uploading our own images. Check out how to set them up.

6. Get GIPHY in Slack

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Ask your workspace administrators to enable GIPHY. This lets you type “/giphy” in the message bar, followed by a word or phrase related to a GIF. Click “Shuffle” to see additional GIFs and select “Send” when you find one to your liking. Or click “Cancel” to exit the GIPHY search.

If you’re a workspace administrator, visit the Slack app page to select “Add to Slack,” followed by “Add GIPHY Integration.”

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