Being busy should never be confused with being effective.
It finally hit me, Slack overload.
I’m overloaded with the number of channels we communicate across at work. That might be a shock to some of you as I am infamous for being able to keep up across a large number of channels and people. Maybe it’s (280 team members) * (an infinite number of slack channels) + (280 teammates) * (email, twitter, whatsapp, sms, etc) that has finally hit some tipping point but I am changing the way I communicate.
Here’s how I am changing:
Here is how the builders of Twist (a non-real-time Slack replacement) described their frustrations with the real-time nature of Slack (I don’t agree with all of it but there are some good points in here):
As we design Drift (we support both asynchronous and synchronous messaging) let’s keep these issues in mind and try hard to do the work for our users so they can focus on the Now.
P.S. Related to effectiveness I’ve been reading and enjoying the book Make Time by the authors of the Time Dork newsletter. If the book concept is interesting to you here are 3 articles that will give you 80% of the important concepts in the book without having to read the whole book: