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How to inject joy in your day with automation

By Krystina Martinez · September 7, 2021
Two grinning children sit at a table wearing goggles with colanders on their heads.

You work hard, so you deserve a little play. Amid the project deadlines, emails, and never-ending to-do lists, you need some fun in your workday to break up the monotony—and prevent burnout. 

But it can be hard to make time for a break. We often jump from one task to the next, running on the work hamster wheel until our joy is sucked dry, or worse—we skip lunch. (You should always feed yourself first.)

Certainly, automation helps with the work tasks. It can also add delight to your day.  

Easily create automated workflows that make you smile

With Zapier, you can automate recurring tasks—giving you back valuable time to focus on higher priority items. The workflows you build in Zapier—we call them Zaps—can automate many common tasks, such as adding new leads to a spreadsheet. (But since we're talking about fun, you can do other things too.)

Every Zap follows the same structure: When this happens, do that.

A Zap always consists of two parts: 

  1. The trigger, which is an event that starts a Zap. For example: Every weekday at 10 a.m. (Think of this as the when.)

  2. The action, which is an event a Zap performs after it's triggered. For example: Find a random GIF from the television show The Office. (This is the do.)

A graphic flowchart explains the functionality of triggers and actions in a Zap. The trigger is "every Thursday at 2 p.m." and the action is "post GIF in Slack."

To help you get started, we rounded up a few Zaps that are purely fun in nature.  Click the Use this Zap button on any Zap template to get started. 

We can only make an educated guess at what makes you happy. We like random GIFs—especially out-of-context— but you might get your chuckles from something else. 

You can create your own Zap that will give you a pick-me-up when you need it. You can also add more than one action, such as sending a direct message notifying you that your coworker was GIF-bombed for quoting Jurassic Park again.

Zapier makes you happier

With thousands of integrations, there's no shortage of what you can automate to bring you joy—breaking up the monotony of your workday. Will it make you more productive? Probably not. But if you're already automating tedious tasks, why not use that valuable time you've gained back for a little happiness? You deserve it. 

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Krystina Martinez

Krystina writes about all things automation for the Zapier blog. Previously she was a public radio journalist, so she has a lot of opinions about microphones. When she's not writing or tinkering with Zapier, Krystina enjoys sewing her own clothes and taking long naps in between her many hobbies.

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