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Tech Productivity

Issue #137  (Time Management Won’t Save You) 09/27/21

One of the tools in this week's tools list (see below) is a pretty advanced notes platform that does quite a bit more than just note-taking. As you've probably noticed, the note-taking space has quite a few app options as well as ideas on how to improve note-taking, regardless of the app you choose.

A Hacker News reader recently asked the question: How do you take notes throughout your work day? The post is geared towards engineers (hence it's on Hacker News) so if you're in the same industry, you might find the discussion useful.


And as a side point, I'm pretty sure I've featured something about note-taking in about 4 or 5 previous intros to this newsletter. It's a topic that comes up a lot and many seem to want new ways to improve their note-taking.

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

Tools & Apps

Unpluq - Hardware that plugs into your Android phone to transform it into a distraction-free device where you decide when to remove distracting apps.

Only Done - An intelligent and attractive to-do list app designed to prevent burnout that knows your limits and keeps you focused. - Share a piece of text or URL with a link that works one time and then self-destructs. Available as a browser extension or create one via a developer API.

Playbook - Organize, share, and collaborate on creative files and projects with your team.

Nimbus Note - An advanced full-featured platform to manage your notes, tasks, projects, and lots more.

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Articles & Resources

The Case for Optimism - Kevin Kelly, founder of Wired Magazine, presents his case for optimism. My take is: Be optimistic, but balance that with realism to avoid disappointment.

Time Management Won’t Save You - Advice that goes against conventional wisdom when it comes to managing your time.

How the Shift to Remote Work Could Impact People Differently Around the World - A young Indian writer interviews a professor at Harvard Business School on the different perspectives taken by various remote workers in the current landscape.

How Do I Manage an Employee Who Doesn’t Need the Job? - If you manage someone who's great at what they do but doesn't have much incentive to stay, you might find some useful advice here.

Patterns in Confusing Explanations - Julia Evans has come up with a list of 13 patterns that make explanations hard for her to understand, and how to avoid each.

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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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