Slack, I’m Breaking Up with You
Samuel Hulick

I understand the problems you’re addressing here, but I don’t think its fair to call out Slack and place the blame on it. The problem is you.

I’m sorry, but I think you’re a Slackaholic.

There I said it, and it’s best to just admit it for yourself. You were drawn into the allure of fewer emails and those sweet sweet colors and that cute plaid logo. And don’t get me started on emoji reactions. I get it. Using Slack is fun and enjoyable at first, and seemlingly does what it says it will do — cut down on email and streamline communication. But it seems you just kept on wanting more of a good thing, and sometimes too much is too much.

Like most things, there is a limit to how much you can and should do. And with Slack you overdid it, didn’t you? I mean 10 different Slack teams?! no wonder you can’t get anything done. Everything in moderation, friend.

So I’m glad you realized you can’t make it work with Slack. That is a good first step. Addiction is real and comes in many forms. Maybe quitting cold turkey is the right action to take for your situation. There are other ways to conquer addiction as well, but you must find your own path.

I just want to remind you that A LOT of people use Slack to great success. We love it. It works for us. Placing blame on a [software] tool for your own failure or weakness is not the real issue here. Tools are what you make of them —yes, some may be better than others— but that doesn’t mean that the ones that don’t work for you are necessarily bad. I hope you can see through the obvious emotional stress you’re feeling and realize that Slack as a tool, isn’t the real problem you’re trying to address.