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Issue #13  (The Two Pizza Rule for Productive Meetings) 05/13/19

This is a good Hacker News thread on how to balance family life while working at a startup. The one asking the question is a startup cofounder, and is considering going back to a regular engineering job with less responsibility.

I'm glad the advice given is focused on helping put family as a priority over work, which I think a lot of people don't do.

Some good answers including this from the top voted answer:

"The guilt is a natural feeling, but you shouldn't let that stop you from ultimately doing what is right. If there is no balance to be found and you have to choose between your family and your startup, leave...just don't do it without giving your co-founder(s) an opportunity to chime in."

And my personal favourite:

"Do a good job as a parent, and ignore any demand on you that threatens to compromise that. If switching jobs makes you a better parent, switch. You will get other opportunities to lead startups, and you will never get this time with your children back."

So true!

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

Tools & Apps

Komiser - Cloud environment inspector. Stay under budget by uncovering hidden costs, monitoring increases in spend, and making impactful changes based on custom recommendations.

Hacker Feed - iOS app. A modern, fast, and elegant app for reading Hacker News.

Luakit - A fast, extensible, and customizable web browser.

Read Time - VSCode extension for writers who want an estimate on how for long it may take to read your markdown.

Distractions - A command-line tool to define distracting websites and turn them on/off when needed.

Articles & Resources

The Global Attention Span Is Getting Shorter - File this under "duh".

Spaced Repetition - An in-depth resource looking at a technique for efficient memorization and practice of skills.

Lose and You’ll Win — How to Reflect on Failure - Thoughts we can all agree on: Failure shouldn't discourage you, but should inspire you to do better.

The 'two pizza rule' is Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' secret to productive meetings - From 2017 on how to avoid unnecessary meetings.

Code Review from the Command Line - Jake Zimmerman's toolset and suggestions for doing code reviews.


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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