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...

Work on Your Strengths, Not Your Weaknesses

Jessica Greene / May 9, 2019

Think of something you want to improve about yourself. How would you categorize the thing you chose: Is it a strength or a weakness?

In all likelihood, you chose a weakness. A study from 2016 found that we tend to see weaknesses as more changeable than strengths—which means we...

7 Tools to Personalize and Scale your Email Outreach

Adam Enfroy / May 8, 2019

Growing traffic and converting leads is still one of the top marketing priorities for businesses this year. And to accomplish these goals, email has the highest return on investment (ROI)—it's 40 times more effective than social methods for customer acquisition.

However, the average open rate of marketing emails...

How to Find a Mentor and Maintain a Meaningful Relationship

Farheen Gani / May 7, 2019

Think of the last time you faced a professional crisis: a dearth of clients, salary negotiations, a career switch. Now, imagine how the situation might have improved if you'd had someone to walk you through the steps they took when they were in your shoes.

That's the role...