Browsing: Productivity

Update: Slack pushed a big update to Threads! Many of the things originally discussed in this post were addressed, which is awesome! More on that below… Slack outlined the problem and opportunity best in an introduction to threads blog post a little over a year ago: When you’re working with your team in Slack, discussions can move quickly and cover a lot of ground. They evolve — and branch off — as people share insights, ask questions, and introduce new topics (or resurface old ones), which may not involve everyone in a channel. Now with Threads, a new way to connect related messages, it’s easier to follow and manage the variety of conversations happening in Slack. We use Slack a lot at our startup, and even with our small team sometimes the chatter can get to be difficult to manage. Because we have a distributed team, real-time communication is critical. A flurry of distraction…

A little Dropbox trick for making sure I never misplace an orphan file Most of us now have at least two computing devices that we use on a regular basis. For some it’s their laptop and mobile phone. For others like me it’s my iMac, MacBook, iPhone, and iPad. They all have their purpose and are used regularly. With the exception of my iPad everything is used regularly, which means the likelihood that a file is on one of those devices and not others is high. I needed a trick. Something foolproof that would ensure that my files wouldn’t be trapped on a device I didn’t have access to at a certain time. Dropbox is just the start While some would immediately jump to saying “just save stuff in Dropbox,” I would say in return: what about my Desktop, what about the Downloads folder? Something more was needed. The best part? It’s…

Thinking through remedies for the always-on, always-communicating world. About the author:Hi. I’m Matt Galligan, aproduct design & strategy consultant that previously co-founded three startups: Circa, SimpleGeo, and Socialthing. Author’s Note: This post is now out of date. About five months after I wrote this Slack introduced a Do Not Disturb feature that is in many ways identical to what I’d proposed in this post (save for a some design differences). But you may still find it a valuable read about thinking through product problems and solutions. Enjoy! Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last year you’ve probably heard of the rocket ship of a company called Slack. They’ve been hailed as the savior of communication within companies and often the destroyer of email. Slack replaces asynchronous communication like email with the synchronous variety, known to most as “chat.” This is a rather pared down way of describing…

Mailbox.app – Inbox Zero With the use of a handful of helpful tools and techniques, I’m able to ensure that no email can slip through the cracks. Email is awful. It’s a beast of a technology that’s thirty years old and definitely doesn’t conform to most of how the world operates today. But no matter how much we decry its antiquity, unfortunately it’s still the primary way that business communication happens. Unsatisfied by the way that my own email was getting accomplished, I wanted to make a dramatic change. Every morning I’m presented with a seemingly endless amount of stuff to reply to, and it never felt like I was getting anywhere – just swimming against a neverending torrent. But over the course of the last few months, I’ve developed a workflow for myself that finally makes me feel like I’m able to get out in front of the insanity. Something that…