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Tech Productivity

Issue #140  (Productivity vs Efficiency) 10/18/21

Shreyas Doshi is a startup advisor who's worked with Stripe, Twitter, Google, and Yahoo and he recently shared "7 high value ideas & habits" on Twitter. As he points out, these valuable lessons are learned from "dozens of costly mistakes" over the years, so this is a nice thread worth saving.

Shreyas Doshi on high value habits on Twitter

After the seven tips, he goes on to share a number of his previous threads that provide further details on each of the suggestions. Maybe this would have worked better as a blog post, but I suppose the bite-size nature of Twitter makes this easy to digest.

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

Tools & Apps

Height - An all-in-one project management tool with real-time tasks, chat, and powerful customization.

Blixem - Chrome extension to customize your browser's new tab screen by extending the functionality of your browser with vertical tabs, widgets, workspaces, windows, bookmarks, and more.

Sessions - Instant video conferencing tool that lets you add your current tool stack to your meetings – including Google Drive, Miro, Figma, Notion, Canva, and lots more.

Donelist - A progression on the to-do list app, with a focus on getting stuff done via tags, automation, and public lists you can share.

Pause - A time-off management tool that helps teams take time off, know, colleagues' availability, create transparent policies, and plan better together.

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

12 Opportunities to Improve the Productivity of Your Development Teams - From Dennis Doomen, who's worked for almost 25 years as a consultant helping organizations in the Microsoft space.

Productivity vs Efficiency: Why Developers Need to Know the Difference - I guess I kinda sorta knew there was a difference, but this article lays things out nicely.

Why Is Walking So Good For The Brain? Blame It On The "Spontaneous Fluctuations" - Going on a walk makes your mind wander in ways that neuroscience is only just coming to terms with.

Why Successful People Take 10 Years to 'Succeed Overnight' - I'm a procrastinator, so I took 20. In all seriousness, this is an interesting pattern that's pretty common in a lot of success stories.

It’s Time to Stop Measuring Productivity - Dominic Price on why output over time is a good way to measure the impact of machines, not knowledge workers.

Tech Jobs for Good - 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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