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Tech Productivity

Issue #128  (From Office-Centric to Remote-First) 07/26/21

Caitlyn Greffly on Twitter asks a pretty simple question: If you’re wanting to keep working from home indefinitely, what’s your main reason?

Caitlyn on Twitter

It certainly seems like the answer to that question should be extremely obvious. But everyone has different priorities, depending on their current life circumstances. So check out the thread to see what others said and find out if the reasons line up more or less with your own.

Or maybe you're on the other side and prefer to go back to in-office work. Whatever the case, the diversity in the responses is interesting to consider.

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

Tools & Apps

Rectangle - Mac app that lets you move and resize windows using keyboard shortcuts or snap areas.

Geneva - Group chat app for web, iOS, and Android that claims to be more organized than GroupMe, more private than Facebook, and more fun than Slack.

Trove - A bookmarking service that lets you curate, save, annotate, and collaborate with others on the things you collect.

LANDrop - A cross-platform way to share files across devices on your local network with no need for messaging apps.

Koalendar - A Google Calendar app that streamlines your scheduling and appointments to avoid all the email back-and-forths that hinder productivity.

IP Geolocation API - Identify a visitor’s location based on their IP address with This reverse IP lookup supports IPv4 and IPv6. Implement in under 10 minutes in JavaScript, PHP, Node, Python, or any other language. Get your free API key!   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

The Damaging Effects of 'Boreout' at Work - Being chronically bored at work can have damaging consequences and experts feel it should be addressed.

Japan Gov't Backs 4-Day Workweek, but Experts Split - Japan's government plans to encourage firms to let their employees choose to work four days a week to improve their work/life balance.

Is Dopamine Fasting Any Good? - If you've never heard of the phrase 'dopamine fast' but you're addicted to your gadgets, this is a good read.

Our Journey From Office-Centric to Remote-First - This is from the team at Docker, which should be helpful if you're on an engineering team yourself.

IQ Tests Can't Measure It, But ‘Cognitive Flexibility’ is Key to Learning and Creativity - “Cognitive flexibility” enables people to switch between different concepts or adapt behaviour to achieve goals in a changing environment, something that has become important over the past year and a half.


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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