Focus on what matters to you

If you receive a steady stream of emails, chats and calls, it may be difficult to focus on the work that matters most.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to use Slack to:

  • Organise your conversations
  • Keep up with work that’s relevant to you
  • Remind yourself about important messages


Organise your conversations

As work changes over time, you can organise conversations in ways that work for you. Star channels and direct messages (DMs) or, if you use Slack on a paid subscription, create custom sections within your sidebar. Watch the video below to learn more.

Try it: Star an important conversation such as the DM with your manager, or create a team section and add your team’s channel and DMs.


Keep up with work that’s relevant to you

You can configure your notifications and leave conversations to help you keep up with work that's most relevant to you.

Customise your notifications

Leave a channel

Watch the video below to learn about Slack notifications and how to customise them.

Try it: Set a notification schedule to only receive notifications at certain times.

If you join a channel to ask a question, you can leave the channel after you get the information that you're looking for.

selecting to leave a channel in Slack


Remind yourself about important messages

If you're worried about forgetting important messages, you can put your mind at ease by setting reminders for yourself in Slack. Set a reminder so that you’ll be notified about a message later. setting a reminder from a message in Slack

Try it: To set a reminder, hover over a message and click the  three dots icon, then select Remind me about this.