Message to self

by Volker Weber


I don't keep a todo list. More precisely, my todo list lives inside my brain. There is no paper, there is no app. But there are things that are easily forgotten, like YouTube URLs and things I posted and have since deleted.

To keep track of these things, I send a message to myself. Not an email, but just a message on Slack. This space also has bots that collect stuff from all over the net for me. I can look at this stream from anywhere, from every device I have or any other connected screen.

There you have it. This is how I keep the unimportant stuff out of my brain.


We use Slack @ MobileIron for internal communication either, so this rly helps to keep things in the right place (if u do not leave the company ;-))

Martin Cygan, 2016-08-09

Yes, it's a collaboration tool that I am abusing for my own good. :-)

Volker Weber, 2016-08-09

Sorry. But i am not a fan of Slack.

If you are someone who belongs to multiple teams then managing your accounts - one for each - quickly becomes a major headache.

Being able to break out conversations by channel is not enough. Quickly individual channels get overloaded with multiple conversations that overlap each other. Trying to hold two or more conversations at the same time in a single channel is a real challenge.

And if you break away from a busy channel for more than a few minutes it can be all but impossible to resume a conversation - so much so it's easier to forget it and wait for the next conversation that you like to begin.

There is no way i could recommend this tool over some others that already exist.

Volker, maybe you how found the ultimate use of the tool.

Ian Bradbury, 2016-08-09

Maybe I did. Only using it for myself. Completely free btw.

Volker Weber, 2016-08-09

Looks interesting. Will give it a try. Thank you for the recommendation. :-)

Ingo Spichal, 2016-08-09

Just a quick note--if you are using the free version of Slack, there is a limit of 10,000 entries. Probably not a constraint for a modest posting rate, but a constraint nontheless.

michael costello, 2016-08-09

That limit only refers to search. You can search the last 10k messages.

Volker Weber, 2016-08-09

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