Private Streams

Learn how to use Private Streams in Fellow

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Written by Mikaela Friedrich
Updated over a week ago

In this article, we'll cover the who, what, where of private streams in Fellow. Use the links below to jump to a specific section of the article.

What are private streams?

Private streams are private notepads for you to plan your week, reflect on your learnings and brainstorm, and more. Anything that you add to a private stream will only be visible to you.

These notes have the same functionality as other notes in Fellow, meaning that you'll be able to add action items and talking points, apply templates, and format however you would like.

In Fellow, all other streams are represented by the book icon next to the stream title. To confirm if this is a private stream, you are able to view the avatars at the top of each note to see who has access to them. If you can only see your avatar, that means you're the only one with view and edit access to these notes.

When should I use a private stream?

Private streams are great for notes and/or tasks that are just for you. Since no one else will be able to see or collaborate on these notes, these streams are a great place to reflect, plan your day, and track long term goals.

Note: if you decide that other people should have access to that note, then you can share the stream by clicking on the Share button in the top right hand corner

How can I create a private stream?

  1. Navigate to the Home Panel and scroll until you see the heading Other Streams

  2. Click on the + button next to the Other Stream header

  3. Add the name of the stream that you would like to create. Then press Create without adding others to share with.

  4. Voila! You now have a private stream that you can access at any time.

  5. Pro Tip: If this is a stream that you will access a lot, star the stream so that it appears at the top of the home panel

How can I customize my private streams?

There are many ways to customize your private streams - here are a few options:


Not all of your private streams need to have the same format. If you have private streams for journalling, goals, and your daily planner then apply templates that work best for each of those formats. You can try one of our pre-made templates or build one of your own. It's really up to you! Learn more about how to apply templates

As part of these templates, add headers to create section to fit your workflow. For instance in a daily planner, you can go ahead and add different headers for each category of tasks. This then makes it easier to sort your action items into the "buckets" that fit your workflow.


Add some flair by adding emojis to the name of the stream or within the note itself.

Pro Tip: you can use your native OS emoji picker anywhere in Fellow. On a Mac, choose Edit > Emoji & Symbols, or use the keyboard shortcut: `Control + Command (⌘) + Space`. On a Windows machine, you can use the shortcut `Win + .` to invoke the emoji picker.


Rearrange how your streams appear in the Other Streams section. This is great if you want to alphabetize or group similar streams together. To do this, just drag and drop the stream from one place in the order to another.


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