Getting started with Slack

Someone told you about the Short Break From Work app that is available in your Slack workspace.

Now what?

This short guide will get you started!

But first, some tips to have in mind to get the most out of the app.

  • Each break is one minute.
  • If you can’t do the what the break asks you to do for a minute (like doing jumping jacks) simply do what you can. You will eventually get there.
  • But don’t jump back into work if you finish early! Stay away for the full minute. It usually takes 45 seconds to properly wind down.

Now with that said, let’s get you started.

1. Make sure the app is in your side bar

IMPORTANT: If you can’t see Short Break From Work in your sidebar, here’s how to add it.

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When this is done, the app will be available for you.

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2. Now take a break

1. Choose one of the categories

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2. Start the one minute timer

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Selecting a category will take you to the “Messages” tab where you find the break along with some simple instructions.

Click the “Start timer” button to start.

(Every break lasts for 1 minute)

3. When the timer stops

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When the timer stops, you have four options

  1. “Same again” (for when you want to do the same thing again)
  2. “Another Move/Relax/Stretch” (for when you want more of the same)
  3. “Remind me in” to let the app remind you in a while. So you can fully focus on what matters, your work.
  4. Don’t do anything and come back for another break when you know you have a minute to invest in yourself. 🤩

3. That’s basically it 🙌

You are now onboarded and have full access to all features.

4. Buuuut…. you also need to announce the app to your team

Getting people to use the app is hard if you don’t announce it.

I made it easier for you to do that by creating a template message you can use.

Just copy paste this message into your Slack workspace and you are good to go.

Hey everyone! 🌟

We’re excited to announce that we have a new app called “Short Break from Work”! 🎉

With our ever-growing workload, it’s important to take breaks to stay productive and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

The “Short Break from Work” app is designed to help you do just that - by offering quick, refreshing breaks to recharge your mind throughout the day. 🧘‍♀️🧘‍♂️

Feel free to explore the app, and don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or suggestions. We hope “Short Break from Work” will make your day more enjoyable and productive! 😊

Happy break-taking! 🌈

Simply click here to get started 👇 @shortbreakfromwork

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