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Tech Productivity

Issue #138  (Use Science to Focus at Work) 10/04/21

If you're a big sports fan and you follow a particular team, I'm sure you can agree that some of your least productive days are the ones where your team is on the verge of something big – and you just have to set aside three to four hours to, you know, support the team.

Well, that was my past week watching Major League Baseball. I live in Canada, so I'm a Blue Jays fan. The Blue Jays didn't make it, but it was a pretty memorable week or so.

Could I have done something more productive over the past week? Of course, but that's fine. Baseball is the only sport I follow closely, so I'll be mostly sports-free until next April when the masochistic struggle begins anew.

Watching TV

The lesson? There's nothing wrong with being passionate about something that's somewhat unproductive, as long as it doesn't take over all your free time that could be spent with family or dealing with other more important non-work matters.

Yes, that's what I'm telling myself and you can't change my mind! 😜

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

Tools & Apps

Marta - A native, privacy-friendly, extensible, and fast file manager for macOS with hotkey support.

Breef - Gmail extension to cut your email time in half. Fly through your inbox by scrolling like Instagram, and use analytics to clean out things you'll never read.

Standup Wizard - Plugin to keep your distributed team in sync by running automated team standups directly in Slack.

Stork - Mac app. Voice and video notes for team communication and a screen recorder for asynchronous presentations.

Savvy - A bookmarking app for iOS or Androd, designed for tech learners that provides data-driven recommendations.

Userfront - A developer-friendly service to easily add user authentication to your JavaScript, React, and Node.js apps.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

How to Use Science to Focus at Work - Experts on neuroscience with suggestions on how to beat the sea of distractions whether you’re headed back to the office or still working from home.

Study Links Too Much Free Time To Lower Sense Of Wellbeing - Research shows there is a ‘sweet spot’ and subjective wellbeing drops off after about five hours.

Japan’s 72 Seasons Can Liberate Us From Our Obsession with Productivity - Definitely a different perspective on how time is spent. If nothing else, this is a nice history lesson on ancient calendars from different cultures.

The Real Reason You’re Not More Productive at Work? It’s Not Boredom—It’s Bad UX - The enterprise software used in many workplaces is slowing us down – from individual components of the UI to the workflows that take us from one piece of software to another.

The Undead – Thoughts on Unfinished Projects - Short read on something probably all creative people suffer from – and I think that's OK.

Sell. Win. Celebrate. AppSumo. - AppSumo is the #1 digital marketplace for entrepreneurs, get your name in front of 1M+ entrepreneurs, founders, and small businesses. You can sell your software, ebook, PDF, template library, online course, WP plugin, extension, or even event tickets.    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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