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Tech Productivity

Issue #117  (How To Scale Back Meetings) 05/10/21

One of the more interesting Hacker News threads I've come across over the past year or so is this one by a user who asks:

"What tech job would let me get away with the least real work possible?"

Never Settle Mug

The reader (who is clearly using a throwaway account) has grown weary of building software that they view as "useless" and simply wants to enjoy other activities while not spending too much time and effort in making a living.

Much of the discussion in the thread is about psychology and how we view work in general. But there are some real suggestions on how to reach the goal and even some people mentioning that their job is exactly what the person is looking for.

Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

ezinbox - Gmail Chrome extension to de-stress your inbox. Your emails magically organized into smart folders so your inbox stays empty and you stay stress-free.

Yack - Native macOS app that lets you easily browse forums like Reddit and Hacker News using a clean, simpler UI.

Thread Creator - Write and schedule lengthy Twitter threads easily. Has a nice draft/preview UI so you can see how each Tweet will appear. Free plan has limitations.

Notesnook - Your private note taking space. Take notes on any device, capture ideas quickly, and always keep them encrypted.

GroupnWork - A simple project management tool that aims to replace platforms like Asana, Trello, Jira, Basecamp, Slack, etc. with an all-in-one solution.

The Key to a Healthy Lifestyle - Noom is not a diet – it's a personalized program designed to create sustainable weight loss and behavior change. You'll partner with a Noom specialist, who is trained in psychology and will help you create a personalized action plan based on your goals, current progress, and individual life circumstances.     sponsored  

Articles & Resources

Work Responsibly - A collection of resources for a healthy and balanced approach to work with categories including stress, sleep, focus, motivation, and anxiety.

Only Your Boss Can Cure Your Burnout - People refer to various forms of malaise as “burnout,” but it’s technically a work problem. And only your employer can solve it.

Stop Doing Low-Value Work - A 2016 article that could also be called "how to recession-proof your job".

Too Many Meetings? Here’s How to Scale Back - Suggestions on how to scale back on the number of meetings you have and make the one you attend a success.

How to Quiet Your Mind Chatter - An interesting discussion of mental "chatter" and how to channel it into something more productive.

Run Linux Software Faster and Safer with Unikernels - Easily run unikernels today with free / open source. Build your first unikernel in minutes!     sponsored  


Have a suggestion for a productivity-related tool, article, or other resource? Send me a direct message via X (@LouisLazaris) and I’ll consider including it in a future issue.

Stay productive!


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