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I do love Slack.

It hits the notes I feel ALL successful web apps must; in its own way, it is Social, Fun, and Competitive.

My love had a downside, however.

I turned everyone I knew on to it, and compelled colleagues and clients to create Slack Teams. This led to my Slack Mac App becoming so bloated with teams in its sidebar, that I couldn’t even find some because they had been pushed down “below the fold” of the app.

Of course, not all of these teams ever became/remained active, and so I wanted to do some cleaning, and delete these teams I no longer needed, so that I could see the ones I did.

But, for the life of me, I couldn’t not phrase a Google search that returned an answer on how to hide, delete, or remove some of the inactive/semi-active teams (channels, sure…teams: nope!). Slack’s online resources seemed to aggressively avoid answering this question.

Well, I finally figured it out, and, both to save you the time and to remind myself (because the process isn’t terribly intuitive), here’s how to do it:

  • Highlight the Team you want out of your sidebar (i.e. click on its icon)
  • Click on the Team Name at the top left of the app
  • This triggers a drop down menu, where you’ll see an option to “Sign out of [Team Name]” – click it

One you do – poof – the icon for the team disappears from the sidebar.

PS – you can re-arrange the order of your teams by clicking and dragging.

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If you can get something done in two minutes or less, don’t write it down on some list, don’t let it rattle around in your brain…just do it. Right now.

I’ve written a TON on David Allen’s Getting Things Done book. (Here’s a Ten Minute Crash Course on GTD I put together.)

Having used the system for a long time, I’m convinced that, while the whole system is valuable, there are two things that are the most essential.

Happily, both of these things are easily applied, and will provide great results (higher productivity/less stress) with minimal effort.

The first is the two-minute rule.

Simply put, it states that if you have an “open loop” (i.e. something that you’ve thought about more than once, but have taken no action towards completing) that you can close in two minutes or less, you should just do those things, as opposed to writing them down on some sort of list.

It sounds simple, but it’s surprisingly powerful.

We all have these little “open loops” that occupy the same amount of space in our minds as the big things. In this manner, these small things keep you from accomplishing big things.

Some examples of things that fall under the 2-minute rule category for me:
1. Short email replies (I’m trying to adhere to the “Twitter approach” for emails; i.e. whenever possible, keep them under 140 characters)
2. Clearing the desk: filing/scanning the crap that collects on my desk
3. Paying a bill online
4. Scheduling/accepting meetings on Google Calendar
5. Synching/backing up iPhone/iPad (the actual backup may take longer, but I can do what I need to do in way less time)

Again, the point is to get these things that will often nag you at the worst possible time (i.e. middle of the night) out of your head, and done (and, again, don’t put it on some kind of list; it’ll often take longer to put these things on a to-do list than to just do them (by the way, to do lists don’t work).

As for the second easily-implemented-but-powerful GTD tip, watch this space.

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