Microsoft Teams is a busy place and without a clear strategy to help deal with the influx of activity, you can quickly become overwhelmed and lost.
Teams tries its best to help you keep track of activities you are involved in by using the Activity app in the Teams client. The app can be accessed by clicking on the Bell icon on the side bar.
The default view is a complete list of activity ordered by the most recent first.
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The above example is my work Teams activity, so please excuse the blurring of sensitive information. The important point to make here is that Activity Feed will log the following types of interactions for you to access:
- Chat Replies
- Chat Reactions, both in-meeting and personal chats
- At Mentions (@mentions) where you have either been personally mentioned or part of a group
- Unread Chats
- Missed Calls
- App based activity
With all this activity, it becomes essential that you filter your activity by type. You can use the builtin category filters to limit the feed to the type of activity you want to work through by clicking on the ellipsis (…) in the left pane of the feed
You can then use the text based filter to further search and reduce the scope of activity. The search will search all the text within the activity notification card which includes the name of the person and the first excerpt of text.
Here is an example of filtering on reactions and searching for the word Thank
This is a great productivity tool to help you work through your communications in your priority order without having to scroll through masses of chat conversations and teams.