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Tech Productivity

Issue #126  (Efficiency is the Enemy) 07/12/21

I'm pretty sure I've shared a similar thread in a previous issue but if you're looking for a new chair for your desk, you might want to check out this Hacker News thread from the past month where a user asks about the best option for someone who's had "no luck" finding a good chair in the past few years.

Office Chair

I'm a complete dunce when it comes to office chairs so I'll just list the top answers here with links to the official websites: As you can imagine, all these options are pricey. But, as they say, you get what you pay for.
The thread also includes some other practical suggestions that don't necessarily involve purchasing a new chair. And probably the funniest answer is the person who recommended a lawn chair! But hey, don't knock it if you don't try it, right? 😃

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

Tools & Apps

macOCR - A command line app for Mac that enables you to turn any text on your screen into text on your clipboard.

Vandal - Chrome or Firefox extension that helps you navigate back in time without leaving your current tab.

AppointmentThing - Online scheduling app that has a decent free plan and makes it easier to schedule meetings with clients.

InMoat - App for Gmail or Outlook that lets you take control of your inbox by managing incoming emails by dividing them into high priority vs. low priority.

tw-rl - Bookmarking and link organizing app for Twitter or Facebook to help you collect and categorize links. - A global image CDN with automatic optimization, real-time transformation, and easy storage integration with existing cloud providers.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

The Slice - A weekly newsletter that features good reads and tools at the convergence of entrepreneurship, technology, and productivity.

Efficiency is the Enemy - This article talks about "slack" in reference to the generic term, not the app – so don't be confused like I was while reading it!

The 7 Types of Meetings That Should Always Be Async (and 4 That Shouldn’t) - Status updates and brainstorms should definitely be asynchronous, and I agree with the four non-async suggestions too.

Snap Out of It: The Mental Importance of a Physical Pause - Advice on how to get into a more productive mental state, i.e. how to "snap out of" your less productive state of mind.

Humans Used to Sleep in Two Shifts, And Maybe We Should Do It Again - A 2018 article that puts forth the argument that the disappearance of "two-shift" sleep coincides with the appearance of sleep maintenance insomnia.


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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