The Productivityist Podcast: A Time Management and Personal Productivity Talk Show

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Summary

On this week’s episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike will be chatting with Wade Foster. Wade is the co-founder and CEO of the automation platform Zapier, which helps people automate their work by allowing connections between various apps.

Show Notes

On this week’s episode of The Productivityist Podcast, Mike will be chatting with Wade Foster. Wade is the co-founder and CEO of the automation platform Zapier, which helps people automate their work by allowing connections between various apps.

Wade and Mike will talk about how to get started with automation, and how to work your way through it. Listen up on this episode as they discuss:

  • The correct pronunciation of Zapier (01:31), and the mission envisioned by Wade and his co-founder Bryan that pushed them to create Zapier (02:30).
  • Instances where automation is more harmful than useful to productivity (03:47).
  • How people start with simple tasks when integrating automation into their routines (04:36), and whether it starts from the workplace or at home (09:09).
  • Keeping your automation efforts aligned amidst trial and errors by revisiting the original intent of doing so, and dealing with noise brought about by automation through Zapier (06:36).
  • Wade’s thoughts on automation, or replication and delegation to another individual, to simplify tasks (12:13).
  • The process from manual to automation or delegation, and how Wade tracks these to remind himself to have it checked, and paying attention to it (15:31).
  • How the Zapier team remains on top of updates, changes, and even systems issues with the numerous apps they integrate (19:38).
  • Account security and privacy and how the Zapier team communicate these effectively to their clients/users (23:45).
  • What people need to think about and do when considering automation. Plus, an XKDC comic that can serve as a good guide (25:45).

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Thanks for listening and until next time!

What is The Productivityist Podcast: A Time Management and Personal Productivity Talk Show?

Hosted by productivity strategist Mike Vardy, The Productivityist Podcast is a weekly show that discusses tips, tools, tactics, and tricks that are designed to help you take your productivity, time management, goals, to do lists, habits, and workflow to new heights - both at work and at home. If you're looking to focus your efforts on getting the right things done and start living the good life, then this weekly conversational podcast – crafted in the tradition of Slate's Working, Back to Work, and HBR IdeaCast – is for you.