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The only thing better than being productive and efficient at work is rewarding yourself with a break! When it’s time to get away and recharge, you can set up Slack so that you can go on holiday.
Set up Slack for time away
Set a custom status while you’re away.
Manage your notifications so your holiday is undisturbed.
Keep yourself and others organised with reminders.
Catch up with personal and channel highlights when you get back.
Set your status
Let everyone know you’re taking time off and when you’ll be back by setting a custom status. Update the emoji to give more detail on your plans and set expectations for your response time. You can add an aeroplane for when you’re in the air and switch to a palm tree once you’ve reached the beach. 🏝
Another way to let your team know you won’t be responding right away is to set your availability to away. You’ll be listed as inactive in Slack – even if you open the app for a quick peek. (But no peeking – go and relax!)
Manage your notifications
Here’s the beauty of going on holiday when your team uses Slack: crucial conversations are logged in channels – not hidden away in email inboxes. Remember to upload and share resources with your workspace so that they’ll have access to them while you’re away.
As work carries on without you, it’s helpful to set up do not disturb hours so you won’t receive notifications of channel activity while you’re away. The snooze icon next to your name will let colleagues know you’ve muted your notifications.
Use reminders to stay on track
Before you leave, set reminders for tasks and projects you’ll need to work on when you return. You can even ask Slack to remind you later about a particular message or conversation to follow up on.
If there are channels that rely on your input or approval to get work done, consider scheduling a daily reminder that you’ll be away for the channel.
Tip: Ask other members of your workspace to set reminders for you if anything comes up while you’re gone.
Hold on to great ideas
Finally worked out how to wrap up that report? Or did you see something in your travels that inspired a project idea? Even though we do recommend unplugging completely, you can always send notes to yourself to keep track of any work-related thoughts that occur to you while you’re out and about.
Get up to speed quickly
Imagine returning to work and having all the important items you missed summarised for you. Highlights do just that!