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Issue #123  (You Can't Compete with Someone Having Fun) 06/21/21

One of Tiago Forte's most popular tweets is this one where he says:

You can’t compete with someone who is having fun

You can’t compete with someone who is having fun

I don't believe his point is that you'll always be financially successful as long as you're doing something you truly enjoy. I think his point is that as long as you're doing something that gives you satisfaction and that gives you pleasure, you'll be a success in your own right and you don't need the pressures of revenue-based goals and achievements to be a true success.

For example, maybe you fall into one of these two categories:
  • You make good money, but you hate what you do
  • You make an average amount of money and still hate what you do.
I think in either of those cases, some personal reflection is in order. Tiago's advice is good: Make sure you're having a good time doing what you do. Your bottom line shouldn't be your primary motivator, it should be a nice residual effect of just having fun.

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

Tools & Apps

Shelf - Save, organize, and annotate articles, books, courses, tweets, newsletters, and more.

Akiflow - A tasks plus calendars productivity app for Mac and Windows that makes it 10x faster to keep your schedule under control.

Your Week - A simple planner for web or Android that you can use to focus on your most important tasks each week and stay on top of everything you need to do.

Marimba - An infinite whiteboard app for teams to gather and share ideas and engage in real-time discussions.

Keyboard Maestro - Automation software for Mac users that lets you be more productive by setting up various macros that can automate just about anything.

DebugBear - A Lighthouse-based website speed monitoring tool that provides in-depth reports for developers.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

Unbounded Possibility is Bad for Productivity - Not as controversial as the title implies, this is just a good short read on getting stuff done.

Your Ability to Focus May Be Limited to 4 or 5 Hours A Day - Offers suggestions on how to take advantage of this, including working in chunks, scheduling breaks, etc.

7 Ways a Hybrid Work Model Could Fail (And How to Avoid Them) - Lots of research-based info and suggestions in this post from the Atlassian blog.

Prioritise The Highest Order Bit - A discussion of a phrase on priorities that's been passed around in entrepreneurial circles since the 90s or earlier.

How to Avoid “I’ll Do It Tomorrow” - Stop the cycle of being vaguely disappointed in yourself but not changing anything but instead clarify what you expect of yourself.


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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