How to ruin your brain less while using the internet

Justin Pot / Published February 26, 2020

I've been on my computer for four hours today, and I'm not sure I've gotten anything done. This is entirely my fault, to be clear—I have deep impulse control problems. At the same time, this is happening by design.

The modern internet is optimized to be as distracting as possible....


How to make the job search less of a full time job

Krystina Martinez / Published February 24, 2020

You've likely heard that job hunting is a full-time job. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it's true: from resurrecting your dusty LinkedIn profile and updating your resume to scouring job sites and writing cover letters, job hunting is a time suck.

When I suddenly found...


How to Be a Productivity Ninja: Attention management

Graham Allcott / Published February 24, 2020

In any knowledge work job, you're really playing two different roles at once: you're simultaneously the "boss" and the "worker". You're responsible for:

  • Deciding what your work is (boss-mode)
  • Doing the work (worker-mode)
  • Dealing with new information inputs (worker-mode) and reacting to them to decide whether to change your priorities...

Slack etiquette at Zapier

Zapier Editorial Team / Published February 24, 2020

With hundreds of employees chatting every day, Zapier's Slack is a busy place. To keep things under some semblance of control, our People Ops team put together a guide to Slack etiquette at Zapier. This is that guide: we've kept it as close to the original as possible and...


Designing Your Work Life: Autonomy, relatedness, and competence (ARC)

Bill Burnett and Dave Evans / Published February 19, 2020

How snippets make me more efficient at work...and dating

Kristie Wirth / Published February 14, 2020

I may seem efficient, but really, I'm just good at using snippets. Snippets are a form of text expander—they're basically a fancy version of autocorrect, which allow you to type some small amount of text and have way more text appear. For example, if you find yourself writing "Thanks...


Why we replaced our standups with a robot

Scott Williams / Published February 12, 2020

"It's time for our daily standup! Those are my favorite!"—said nobody, ever.

If you're new to standups, they're meetings that a team has every day at the same time. Everyone is literally supposed to stand during the whole meeting, in order to keep it moving quickly. Each person answers the...


Zapier now has 2,000+ apps, so you can automate just about anything

Wade Foster / Published February 11, 2020

Big news: Zapier now supports 2,000+ apps! We worked hard to hit this milestone early this year. Data Soap gets the nod as the 2,000th app.

Zapier has come a long way since its inception in 2011. Getting SMS alerts for PayPal payments was the demo Bryan, Mike, and I...


5 things you should automate today

Justin Pot / Published February 11, 2020

How much time do you spend each day moving information from one app into another? If you use software at work, you’re probably moving data around manually at least some of the time.

We think you should make the computers do that for you. Here are five things Zapier users...


Make it so: Zaps you can trigger with your voice

Hannah Herman / Published February 3, 2020

More than a third of the U.S. population uses voice assistants like Alexa, Siri, or Google Assistant to accomplish everyday tasks like checking calendars, getting directions, or looking up useless facts. And according to an Adobe survey, 94 percent of users say that voice technologies save them time—and improve...