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4 Ways to Make the Best Decision When Choosing an App

Emily Irish / February 17, 2017

The good news: there are more tools out there than ever before to help you accomplish your business and personal goals.

The bad news: the number of software and hardware options available can easily weigh you down and distract you from your priorities.

After all, an app is only useful...

The Craftsman Approach: Master Your Work Through Deliberate Practice

Emily Irish / February 16, 2017

In a PBS documentary on Viking swordsmithing, the world got a glimpse into deeply focused, masterful craftsmanship. It might have looked like a man hammering metal for eight hours to shape a sword, but this was a true master at work—carefully controlling the force and angle of every blow...

The Best Free Books from O'Reilly Press

Matthew Guay / February 15, 2017

It's not every day that you'll find a good new book to read and discover that it's free. The internet's filled with more text than anyone could possibly read in their lifetimes. Yet books—typically paid books, in hard covers or Kindle editions—still are one...

The 12 Best Video Conferencing Apps for Teams

Matthew Guay / February 14, 2017

In 1884, eight years after Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson had the world's first phone call, industrialist John Jacob Astor IV published his predictions for the 21st century. Along with ill-fated predictions of steel-covered roads and the discovery an anti-gravitational force, he also foresaw video calls.

"Telephones have...

12 Morning and Evening Routines That Will Set Up Each Day for Success

Stephen Altrogge / February 14, 2017

You wake up an hour before work and rush to get ready. You shower at lightning speed, gulp down a breakfast bar, and grab your coffee before running out the door. You arrive at work feeling discombobulated and overwhelmed, needing to catch your breath before you've even really started...

How to Quickly Append Text to a Note in Evernote or OneNote from Your Browser

Melanie Pinola / February 13, 2017

Evernote and OneNote both offer easy ways to quickly create new notes from your desktop. For Evernote, there's a keyboard shortcut for Macs to instantly create a new note from the menu bar (Command + Control + N), and there's a shortcut for OneNote on Windows to quickly create a...

Start Your First Store: The 6 Best Free eCommerce Apps

Matthew Guay / February 9, 2017

Starting a new business already costs enough. By the time you've registered your business, bought the perfect domain name, and built up your inventory, you might not have much left in the budget for your eCommerce software. Plus, you're just starting out: do you really want to commit...

Deep Work vs. Messy: How to Balance Productivity and Creativity

Matthew Guay / February 7, 2017

If only your office were quieter, if your colleagues would quit asking questions, if the phone would stop ringing. If only your desk were neater, your notebooks cleaner, your files a bit more organized. If you could shut out all distractions, surely you could do your best work.

But then...

How the Zapier Team Uses Airtable

Kim Kadiyala / February 6, 2017

The secret's out. Here at Zapier, we have a major app crush on Airtable, an easy-to-use relational database. Over the past year, Airtable has emerged as an app darling across the Zapier team, used by nearly every team from data science to product marketing. We even have an Airtable...

The Power of Silence: Why You Need Less Noise for Work and Your Health

Belle Cooper / February 2, 2017

Shhh. Hear that?

No? That's surprising. Odds are, you can hear something right now: A siren, the hum of a fan, the blur of background conversations, the ticking of a watch. It's seldom our worlds are fully silent–so seldom that complete silence feels shocking.

We welcome sound into...