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Tech Productivity

Issue #141  (How Elon Works 120 Hours Per Week) 10/25/21

A Hacker News reader asks How do I get fit and healthy as a software engineer? Definitely a question we should all consider if we're spending most of our day at a desk.

Fitness equipment

The top comment is from a software engineer who's also a partner in a gym, so that's definitely worth a read. There's also a little bit of debate and disagreement on a few of the suggestions in the thread – in particular the difference between expending mental energy and expending physical energy.

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

Tools & Apps - An email-based bookmarking service. Send an email with a link (or links), and receive a readable, clutter-free version of the article in your inbox.

RescueTime - An award-winning productivity assistant for the task bar of your PC or Mac, to help you be more focused, productive, and motivated.

I Don't Care About Cookies - Browser extension that automatically removes tiresome cookie warnings on almost all websites.

Crewdle - A team video conferencing solution that has end-to-end encryption, no servers, and is easy to integrate with common tools like Slack, GCal, and Outlook.

OurBoard - A free and open-source online whiteboard for brainstorming and collaboration with team members.

Courier - A platform and API to easily add multi-channel notifications to your web app, including email, SMS, push notifications, and more.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

You Aren't Lazy. You Just Need To Slow Down - Interview with Devon Price, author of a book that confronts something referred to as the “laziness lie”.

Science Reveals How Elon Musk Can Work 120 Hours Per Week. It Has Nothing to Do With Time Management - I couldn't disagree more with this premise, but I'm more than happy to link to it for your own consideration.

What’s the #1 Productivity Tool? For Me, It’s Timeboxing. - Timeboxing is a term taken from agile project management and involves translating a to-do list into blocks of time.

The Invisible Addiction: Is it Time to Give Up Caffeine? - From author Michael Pollan who's written a few best-selling books on healthy eating, so this might be worth a read.

Study of Microsoft Employees Shows How Remote Work Puts Productivity and Innovation at Risk - A new study finds that Microsoft’s companywide shift to remote work has hurt communication and collaboration among company business groups, threatening employee productivity and long-term innovation. - There’s a better way to test your web app. Testim is an AI-powered UI test automation tool that gives developers an easy way to author and maintain cross-browser tests. Get started for free.   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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