It's okay to miss goals—if you learn from it

Hannah Herman / Published December 16, 2019

A quick Google search yields 306,000,000 results for "setting work goals."

I haven't read all of those results (yet), but the ones I have read are chock full of tips for how to set better goals—but they won't tell you anything about what to do if, like me, you've failed...

Wunderlist is shutting down May 6, here's what you need to know

Justin Pot / Published December 10, 2019

Wunderlist, the beloved to do list app, shuts down on May 6, 2020.

Microsoft bought Wunderlist in 2015. They would very much like you to migrate your tasks to Microsoft To Do, a spiritual successor to Wunderlist that integrates with Outlook and other Microsoft tools. That's not your only option,...

Beyond your desk: why you need a secondary workspace

Justin Pot / Published December 9, 2019

Four of my co-workers get work done sitting in bed. Three work regularly at their local Whole Foods. Another loves working in airport terminals.

This might sound odd, but think about it: where are you most productive? There's a good chance it isn't the office.

We recently compiled the Remote...

Want to be more creative? Take a hike.

Hannah Herman / Published December 2, 2019

I have a confession, Reader: sometimes I lie to myself. Sometimes, I promise myself that I'll get work done, and then it's somehow 4 p.m. and the only meaningful thing I've done is…go for a really long walk.

I tell myself that taking long walks is a crucial part of...

4 Ways to Have Fewer Meetings at Work

Ben Johnson / Published November 25, 2019

At Proof, a 15-person seed-stage startup where I work on the marketing team, we all wear a lot of hats. We spend time on everything from customer support to interviewing candidates to assembling desks—in addition to our time-intensive primary roles.

We're a busy batch, so we're always on the...

Five tips for actually succeeding at your new job

Hannah Herman / Published November 18, 2019

When I was hired at Zapier back in June, I immediately panic-Googled "how to succeed in a new job." The results were soul-crushing.

While "network constantly" and "come in early every day" might sound like good advice at first blush, there's something a bit reductive about it. After all, you're...

5 things retailers should do before Black Friday & Cyber Monday

Matt Ellis / Published November 15, 2019

Like athletes before the big match, retailers everywhere are finishing their last-minute preparations for Thanksgiving weekend. And why not—those five days after Thanksgiving Thursday host some of the biggest shopping days of the entire year, not the least of which are Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

We won’t pry into...

How to turn Google Calendar into the ultimate productivity hub

Justin Pot / Published November 11, 2019

You look at your calendar every morning. Then you check your to do list, check the weather, ask your co-workers and family what they're up to, then maybe see if your favorite show or sports team is on TV later tonight.

It's…a lot. Ideally, all of this information would be...

5 tips to get the most out of Dreamforce—and stay productive

Hannah Herman / Published November 6, 2019

This year, more than 170,000 Salesforce users will converge on San Francisco for Dreamforce, the cloud CRM's signature conference. Over four days, attendees will enjoy a wide range of keynotes, panels, lightning talks, and—of course—parties.

Attending a conference can be overwhelming. Not only is there so much to do at...

Wait, is dark mode actually bad for productivity?

Justin Pot / Published November 4, 2019

Dark mode is everywhere. All the major operating systems—Android, iPhone, Windows, and macOS—now offer dark themes, which default to light text on a black background. It looks really cool, and tech companies are arguing that dark mode will improve the time you spend at a screen.

Apple says that dark...