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Tech Productivity

Issue #139  (Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work) 10/11/21

From the LifeProTips subreddit is a really good suggestion for those who often feel a day has passed by and not much has been accomplished:

"Instead of feeling that you've blown the day and thinking, 'I'll get back on track tomorrow,' try thinking of each day as a set of four quarters: morning, midday, afternoon, evening. If you blow one quarter, you get back on track for the next quarter. Fail small, not big."

Clock with hands on desk

Great suggestion! Apparently, the tip is a "repost" and so it's technically been "removed" from the subreddit (I couldn't find the original post, to credit the author).

This seems like a great way to ensure your day is progressing well, but I can imagine this might also cause anxiety for some, wondering if the short "quarter" window is up yet. I guess it's something that won't work for everyone, but it's another way to attempt to make your day more productive.

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

Tools & Apps

Shortcut - Multi-featured project management software for teams that lets you plan, collaborate, build, etc.

RemNote - All-in-one note-taking tool with flashcards, PDFs, backlinks, and
more, to help you learn, stay organized, and think.

Lampant - A virtual suggestion box for teams. As long as nobody writes "You need to do something about your coffee breath" it can work.

Clockly - Employee time tracking software to increase productivity with screenshots, online timesheets, payroll management, and location tracking.

mymind - A one-stop bookmarking app for just about anything you can save that uses AI to automatically categorize your saved stuff.

Retool - Build Internal Tools 10x Faster - Retool gives you a powerful set of building blocks: tables, lists, charts and more. Integrate with any datasource, REST API, gRPC, or Firebase and customize your app with JS. Save hundreds of hours.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

Why Multitasking Doesn’t Work - A brief read based on studies that show multitasking making you less efficient and more prone to errors.

How to Prepare for the AI Productivity Boom - The robots are taking over and there's nothing we can do. Well, except what this article says.

20 Reasons To Quit Social Media - I don't think we need 20, but this is a good read by Ivaylo Durmonski. Personally, I think balance and low expectations are the keys to social media, and quitting can sometimes make things worse.

If You’re So Successful, Why Are You Still Working 70 Hours a Week? - 2018 article on overwork, if you happen to find yourself in a similar situation today.

How to Make Stress Helpful Instead of Harmful, According to Science - (Soft paywall) Positive psychology research shows that our minds can control our body’s stress response, lowering distress and improving health. Derek Austin looks at how to harness this.

Do You Want to Work on Meaningful Problems? - Use Tech Jobs for Good to find front-end developer jobs at organizations working on pressing issues such as fighting misinformation online, improving access to social services, and reducing carbon emissions.    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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