Did you hear that? That's the sound of 2016 whooshing by. We can't believe it's almost the new year either. Before it ends, though, we wanted to take a look back and share the most popular blog posts we've published in 2016.
This year, we posted 161 articles on our favorite topics: productivity, apps, and workflows. Of those, the ones below got the most traffic. We hope this roundup will help you discover a new tip that you might have missed.
Beyond Google Calendar and Apple Calendar: The 18 Best Apps to Manage Your Schedule: The default calendar app on your phone or computer might not be the best for your needs. Here are alternatives to Google Calendar, Apple Calendar, and Microsoft Outlook that are quicker to use, easier on the eyes, and can do more than just show you upcoming events. There's a PDF cheat sheet too.
Inspect Element: How to Temporarily Edit Any Webpage: Did you know there's a powerful tool hidden in your browser? With Inspect Element you can see the code behind any web page–and even change the page. It's handy not just for designers, but marketers, writers, and support agents as well.
The Beginner's Guide to Dictation Software: Write Without Typing: You probably think and speak faster than you type. With voice dictation, you can get your ideas onto the page faster, even when you're busy doing other things like cooking or walking to the store. In this guide, find the best dictation software, mobile apps, microphones, and tips on dictating text.
Find Files Faster: How to Organize Files and Folders: It's always a good time to get more organized–and that's especially true of the files on your computer. Learn what makes a good folder structure and see step-by-step examples of how to organize your folders efficiently.
Remember Everything with Evernote: 30+ of the Best Tips and Tricks: Few note-taking apps are as powerful as Evernote, the app that can stand in for your second brain. With these tips and tricks, you might get more mileage out of Evernote, taking your notes to the next level. (Confession: I'm partial to this post, as it was the first one I wrote for the Zapier Blog.)
The Science of Memory: Top 10 Proven Techniques to Remember More and Learn Faster: Probably everyone could stand to improve their memory. Well, unless your a memory competition champion, like a couple of the people we spoke to for this article. Improving your memory is actually easier than you might think and can keep you mentally sharp. TL;DR: use mnemonics and imagery to memorize anything–helpful also when learning a new language.
Productivity and Ergonomics: The Best Way to Organize Your Desk: How you set up your workspace affects not just your productivity but also your health. If you've ever worked in an office with glaring fluorescent lights or uncomfortable chairs, you probably understand. Here are the best ways to organize and set up your desk, based on ergonomic and productivity research.