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Tech Productivity

Issue #145  (The Best Office Chairs) 11/22/21

On Twitter, Taylor Pearson asks his followers to share their favourite little-known keyboard shortcuts, with many chiming in.

Favourite Keyboard Shortcuts on Twitter
I'm sure you'll find a few hidden gems in here for your own operating system (seems to be mostly macOS). Some neat ones:
  • CMD-SHIFT-A in Chrome to open a searchable list view of all open tabs
  • CTRL-R in Linux terminals for searching your command history
  • WIN-V (on Windows) to enable and view clipboard history
Being a Windows user and formerly using a clipboard history manager that I miss, I'm going to enjoy that last one – which was new to me. Nice finds!

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

Tools & Apps

Pony - This is a really cool idea. It's an iOS or Android messenger app that delivers messages once per day (you can choose morning, afternoon, or night), regardless of when the messages were sent.

acreom - A powerful knowledge base and time management tool running on local markdown files.

Jot - A single-input interface that integrates with Notion, Todoist, Outlook, etc., to minimize mental burden, conquer context switching, and stay organized.

Gridabl - A smarter spreadsheet for crunching numbers featuring data sync, granular version control, and multi-views per document for different audiences.

Weekrise - A beautiful weekly task calendar that makes it easy and intuitive to organize all aspects of life.

Retool - A Full-featured platform with drag-and-drop components and ready-made templates for a fast way to build internal tools.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

The 9 Best Office Chairs - A guide recently posted on Wired. Some of these are pretty expensive, but many will be in most people's budget for such an important office tool.

Yes, You Can Only Work 5 Hours and Call It a Day. Here’s How to Make It Productive - Soft paywall. An accidental discovery made one worker stop putting in eight-hour days without missing a beat.

How to Retrain Your Frazzled Brain and Find Your Focus Again - Mental exercises from a book called Peak Mind, by Dr. Amishi Jha, a professor of cognitive and behavioural neuroscience at the University of Miami.

12 Scientific Ways to Learn Anything Faster and Smarter - Lots of good suggestions for most of us who don't have a photographic memory.

Getting out of Meeting Hell: What This is About - A follow-up to a conference talk called "No, we won't have a video call for that!", which encourages more asynchronous communication among teams.

Elevate Winter Summit Free Tickets - Grab your free tickets for Elevate, the biggest conference for engineering leaders, and learn from speakers from companies like Facebook or DoorDash. Use promo code to WTW21 to get a 100% discount!   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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