7 Creative Ways to Visualize Your To-Do List

Jessica Greene / June 17, 2019

A long to-do list can be overwhelming. Sometimes, you might want to take a step back and look at the day, week, or month at a high-level, visualizing what's coming up rather than just plowing through a list of to-dos. But that's not always possible with a traditional...

How to Find the RSS Feed URL for Almost Any Site

Justin Pot / June 17, 2019

RSS isn't dead, but it is harder to find RSS feeds than it used to be. Browsers no longer point them out, and websites rarely prominently link to them anymore.

And yet, most sites do offer RSS feeds. Here are a few ways to find those feeds, quickly, when...

What Preschoolers Can Teach Us About Productivity

Colin Johnson / June 13, 2019

Play is famously known as "a child's work." Play is the best tool children have to learn about the world and connect with the people around them—it's the most productive way they can spend their time. And anyone who's seen a four-year-old commit to the role...

The Science of Memory: Top 10 Proven Techniques to Remember More and Learn Faster

Melanie Pinola / June 6, 2019

I've always been envious of people with exceptional memories. You know, the kind of people who amass encyclopedic knowledge with seemingly little effort, while the rest of us struggle to remember the name of the person we were introduced to seconds ago.

There's hope for all of us...

Forget Folders: The Best Ways to Organize Your Files with Tags and Labels

Aja Frost / June 4, 2019

Trying to find old files is like trying to go back in time and read your own mind. Where would I have saved those pictures from Australia?!? you think, before spending a frustrating half hour digging through folders and folders of miscellaneous images. What would I have called that report...

How to Stop Spam Phone Calls

Justin Pot / May 30, 2019

The phone rings. Do you assume it's an actual human person, trying to reach you? I generally assume it's a robot, calling to "inform" me that my car warranty is about to expire or that I've "earned" a free trip to the Caribbean.

And I'm not...

Self Care 101: Reward Yourself with Negative Reinforcement

Joe Deer / May 23, 2019

TL;DR: It’s important to reward yourself by getting bad things out of your life. Doing that is just as valid as bringing good things into your life.

Recently, many of us at Zapier were talking about motivating yourself through reinforcements and how finding the right reinforcements is really...

The True Cost of Multitasking Isn't Productivity—It's Mental Health

Jessica Greene / May 16, 2019

When I set out to write a piece about multitasking, my goal was to review and present some scientific studies showing exactly how multitasking impacts productivity. Because it definitely impacts productivity, right? I hear that all of the time.

As it turns out, I couldn't find much to support...

How to Make Deadlines Less Stressful and More Motivational

Loni Klara / May 14, 2019

Deadlines: We all have them, and we all dread them. Even when we meet them, there's always another one just around the corner. It's not hard to see why studies show that deadlines are the most common cause of workplace stress.

But there are ways to stop drowning...

How to Ruthlessly Prioritize Tasks to Get More Done

Belle Cooper / May 13, 2019

Checking items off your to-do list is a beautiful thing—but it's also easier said than done. The best way I've found to make sure you complete your tasks is through ruthless prioritization. That means deciding not to do things you'd really like to do. It also...