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Issue #120  (Overwork Killed 745,000+ in a Year) 05/31/21

The first link in the "Articles & Resources" section below is worth a read and could save your life. It's an NPR article on a World Health Organization (WHO) study on overwork, stress, and burnout and the subsequent effects on health.

Stress at work

Here are some quotes from the article (linked below):

"The global study, which the WHO calls the first of its kind, found that in 2016, 488 million people were exposed to the risks of working long hours."

"Overwork has been on the rise for years due to phenomena such as the gig economy and telework — and they say the pandemic will likely accelerate those trends."

"The study found the highest health burdens from overwork in men and in workers who are middle-age or older. Regionally, people in Southeast Asia and the Western Pacific region had the most exposure to the risk. People in Europe had the lowest exposure."

Finally, the authors of the study provide some suggestions for a solution to the problem:

"The authors also say employers should be more flexible in scheduling, and to agree with their employees on a maximum number of working hours. In another step, the study suggests workers arrange to share hours so no one is working 55 or more hours in a week."

I know plenty of people who don't want to work full-time, so that last suggestion is a good one.

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

Tools & Apps

SimpleLogin - Protect your privacy with email aliases for each website you log into. Free if you self host.

Unattach - Free your Google storage by removing Gmail attachments. Easily download and optionally remove Gmail attachments from many emails at once.

Bartender - A macOS app that superpowers your menu bar, giving you total control over your menu bar items, what's displayed, and when, with items only showing when you need them.

Revel - Slack plugin that lets you manage projects straight from Slack without any extra tools.

Widget Board - A visual tool that includes 24 "widgets" to manage projects, create collections, mindmap ideas, and more.

Articles & Resources

Overwork Killed More Than 745,000 People in a Year, WHO Study Finds - People working 55 or more hours each week face an estimated 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease.

Quitting Has Become the Ultimate Form of Self-Care - Katie Heaney cites Korean-born German philosopher Byung-Chul Han who argues that burnout is modern society’s most pervasive affliction.

Adding is Favoured Over Subtracting in Problem Solving - A series of problem-solving experiments reveal that people are more likely to consider solutions that add features than solutions that remove them, even when removing features is more efficient.

The Seven Sins of Memory - Based on a book, the sins are: transience, absent-mindedness, blocking, misattribution, suggestibility, bias, and persistence.

How to Make the Most Out of Your Time and Your Life - A guide for people who want to harness the power of focus, but don’t have a lot of time.


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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