Catch Up On Unread Messages ʺScientificallyʺ
When you first open Slack for the day it′s tempting to tap each channel and catch up on what’s happened.
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That’s a great way to waste the first part of your day without doing anything actionable.
There’s a better way. “All Unreads” shows all the messages you haven’t read from all your channels in one place. The same features are there—you can react to messages with emoji, start a new thread to continue the conversation or star the message to remember it. You can even click on the message’s timestamp to jump to that moment in the channel’s chat conversation if you want.
You can browse unread channels alphabetically or by those with the newest or oldest messages.
The best way, though, is to use Slack’s “Scientific” order. That shows the channels in the order Slack thinks they’re most important to you—and it’s pretty good at getting it right.
Some channels won’t matter that much. To hide them—now and in the future—just tap the channel’s name in the list to hide its messages. Then use your left and right arrow keys to jump to the next unread channel in the list, and tap “r” to mark everything as read.
Or just click the “Mark All Messages Read” button at the bottom.
Trust me, it feels good.