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Tech Productivity

Issue #119  (The 5-Hour Workday) 05/24/21

If you're looking to build a product that's successful, here's a Hacker News thread about a technique called "10x rule" put forth by Peter Thiel which says:

“You have to be 10 times better than second best.”

In the thread users give examples of successful products that could be described as being 10x better than the competition at the time.

10 Dollar Bill

Some examples include Google Search (when it first launched), Google Maps, Firebug, and Gmail. Certainly an interesting discussion if you're a builder.

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

Tools & Apps

Moxi - A fun and friendly health and well-being platform giving employers real-time wellbeing data to tackle the increasing costs of absence and sickness-related underperformance by keeping the workforce connected, active, and healthy.

Dropover - A macOS utility that makes drag-and-drop actions easier. Use it to stash, gather, or move any draggable content without having to open side-by-side windows.

Short Break From Work - Slack app that reminds you to take regular breaks during work hours.

Amna - Mac, Windows, or Linux to-do list app that brings everything related to a task to one place, helpful for those who constantly have dozens of tabs open at one time.

Emal This - Chrome extension or bookmarklet to send ad-free articles and web pages to your email inbox.

Engineering Leaders Need to Know How to Structure a Remote Hiring Process - A new era of remote work suddenly arrived and managers need to enhance their recruiting process if they want to win the best talent for their companies. This guide shows you how GitLab, Zapier and other companies build thriving remote teams. Download Revelo’s free eBook.     sponsored  

Articles & Resources

Subtract: Why Getting to Less Can Mean Thinking More - Article based on a book by Leidy Klotz who believes when we try to change how things are to how we want them to be, we often overlook subtraction.

Forget the 4-Day Workweek. How About the 5-Hour Work Day? - If you’re feeling frustrated by a lackluster remote-work schedule, experiment with a 5-hour or 6-hour workday.

The Secrets of Successful Listening - This has a focus on how business managers can improve their relationships with workers but this is a good suggestion for anyone.

Written Communication is Remote Work Super Power - Article from last summer where Snir David argues that written communication is the tool best suited for remote work.

What is a Burndown Chart and How Do You Use One? - Discussion of a "burndown chart", which measures the work progress for a specific project and shows you the amount of work completed and the work remaining.

1440 Newsletter - The fastest way to an impartial point-of-view, 100% free. The team at 1440 scours 100+ sources covering culture, science, sports, politics, business, and everything in between – in a 5-minute read each morning.   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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