We’ve recently been experimenting with using Slack at home. It’s been pretty great so I thought I’d share our setup in the hope that I might find others doing similar things. If you are, I’d love to hear about it!
So I recently setup a Slack team for our family, it’s called “The Willmots”. So far it’s just my Wife and I hanging out. Pretty chill. Even though this might seem like it’s just another way to communicate with each other there’s something about it being “Slack” that has made me much more likely to regularly post there.
So far we have 4 rooms:
#life–the family equivalent of
#acorn–we have a holiday cottage, this rooms for everything related to that.
#portugal-trip–we’re going to Portugal next week.
#new-car–we’re buying a new car.
I expect we’ll continue to add new rooms as we come up for uses for them.
The biggest benefit I’ve seen so far has been in Slack’s ability to pipe in notifications from tonnes of services and tools. Here’re some of the things we have set up so far:
- When either of us uploads a new scan to our shared Evernote, it’s automatically posted. Useful for staying up to date with bills, letters that concern us both etc. (We scan all our paperwork in Evernote and discard).
- Using the Nest Thermostat we’re able to tell whether there’s anyone in the holiday cottage and are notified when they leave and return.
- Every morning at 7am the day’s weather forecast is posted to #life.
- Using the IFTTT iOS location feature we get a notification each time either of us arrives home.
We also use the
/remind command for a bunch of things, including:
- Every Monday evening we’re reminded that it’s bin day along with which bin to put out.
- Every Monday evening we’re prompted to update our weekly Abel and Cole food order and every Tuesday evening we’re reminded to put out the empty food boxes for pickup.
We’ve only been running this for a week or so, it’s early days and I’m sure there are a bunch of other useful things I could be doing. Perhaps you have some you could share?