Eliminate noisy notification emails with Slack Digests

Luke Grimstrup

When we're at work, we get continuously flooded with notifications and alerts. All while trying to focus on and achieve your own goals and objectives that you've either set or have agreed to.

One study found that people receive, on average, 63.5 notifications per day. It’s so incessant, that it blurs into innocuous background noise.

(As a product or engineering leader, you have to wonder how many of those are notifications from our project management solutions like Jira, Trello, ClickUp, Azure DevOps 🤣)

Quick tips on eliminating the noise

When it comes to focusing, there are a few key strategies that can help you stay on track. Here are the three most common ones:

  1. Set realistic goals and objectives: It's important to set realistic goals and objectives that you can actually achieve. This will help you focus on what's important and avoid getting overwhelmed.
  2. Create a routine and stick to it: Having a routine can help you focus on your work more easily. When you know what to expect each day, it's easier to plan ahead and focus on the tasks that you need to tackle first and have time locked away to be reactive later in the day.
  3. Use notification digests: Receiving notification digests summarising all the major updates from your project management solution is a great way to focus on your work.

Benefits of notification digests

For product and engineering leaders who don't need to be across the detail as it happens, it's often enough to receive a digest at the end of the day that summarises all the major updates. This keeps you in the loop and allows you to jump into the detail on specific items when required.

Project management solutions such as Jira, ClickUp, Azure DevOps might not offer the best digest notifications, which is why using something like Enform would allow you to turn off email notifications, or at minimum filter them out of your main inbox!

Receiving just one digest notification over email or Slack at the end of the day would provide you with a great way to regain lost time from getting distracted and context shifting, and focus on more meaningful work. It can then become part of your routine to briefly check how everything is tracking at the end of the day.

How the Slack digest from Enform.io can help you stay on top of your goals and objectives

The Slack digest from Enform.io is a great way to focus on your work and stay aligned across all of your goals. Instead of receiving a lot of contextless email notifications, you can now receive digests summarising all the major updates from your project management solution like Jira, Trello, ClickUp, Azure DevOps. This allows you to keep your finger on the pulse, focus on your work, and free up your inbox!

To set up Slack digests with Enform.io, log in to Enform and connect to your Slack account.

After you've connected your Slack account, you'll start receiving 4pm local time Slack digests that include all of the things updated since the previous digest. The digest will also group changed items together by goals and objectives they are connected to, providing additional information.

Within Slack, you can also link new items to new or existing goals in a matter of minutes. Allowing you to keep all phases of delivery in line with business objectives.

For a more detailed guide on how to set up Slack digests check out this support article.

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