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Tech Productivity

Issue #135  (Why Your To-Do List Never Ends) 09/13/21

A reader on Hacker News asks, "How do you learn? Do you use techniques like spaced repetition? Do you prefer to learn from books, articles or videos? What's your process?"

Learning in a classroom

The thread is quite lengthy and includes a lot of common suggestions like 'learn by doing'. But I like some of the diverse answers, for example:
"I keep a pad of paper next to me. Though I do nearly everything on the computer, I use paper to write down anything I need to look up later."
"Pick something controversial on the subject, explore alternate viewpoints and dig deep enough to form your own opinion."

Those and other answers go into greater depth, so if you feel you have trouble learning new things, you'll appreciate the thread.

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

Tools & Apps

Focus Time - A Google Calendar plugin that automatically schedules time for deep work, around your other meetings.

Revolt - An open-source, cross-platform, and customizable chat platform with a focus on communication and privacy.

SnipRSS - Chrome extension to curate videos, podcasts, blog posts, web pages, social posts, and docs from around the web into your own shareable RSS feeds.

Bonsai - a Mac-based web browser designed for programmers who need to do research with a quick toggle-on feature from anywhere, fuzzy search, and Trello-like organization.

Hypercontext - An app for managers to streamline meetings, goals, and morale into one workflow for better results.

Free Guide: The Evolution of JavaScript Tooling - Frameworks and libraries have been created to ease the burden of writing complex UI code. Learn how to deliver applications faster, better, and on budget in our free guide.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

The Effects of Remote Work on Collaboration Among Information Workers - Based on data from emails, calendars, instant messages, video/audio calls, and workweek hours of 61,000+ US Microsoft employees over the first six months of 2020.

Ok. So, You Can’t Decide. - Michael Lopp with his advice on paralysis in decision making, which might be a bit surprising, and maybe won't work for everyone.

Constant Craving: How Digital Media Turned Us All Into Dopamine Addicts - When I see the words "digital" and "dopamine", I click.

Why Your To-Do List Never Ends - Joe Pinsker looks at how a to-do list can essentially be 'renovated' so you can do more than just have the appearance of productivity.

Go Ahead. Ignore That Email. - Ha, too late! Oh wait, it's not about this email, right?

Elevate Fall Summit Free Tickets - Want to learn from Engineering or Product leaders from companies like Reddit, Slack, Google or even Netflix? Grab your free tickets for Elevate Fall Summit with the promo code WTW21 to get a 100% discount on the 3-day pass.    sponsored  


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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