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Tech Productivity

Issue #150  (Top Links of 2021) 12/27/21

For this issue, I've gone through the past year and put together the most-clicked links of the year. I've selected the top 5 links from the "tools & apps" section and the top 5 links from the "articles & resources" section.

2021-2022 Notebook

It's interesting to see what links end up garnering the most interest. Sometimes stuff gets clicked out of sheer curiosity, so that's a factor. But often the snappiest, clearest headlines are best for article links and the tools that get the most clicks are simply the ones that aim to solve the most pressing productivity issues (evidently including making memes – see below!).

I hope you enjoy this review and I'll see you in 2022!

Now on to the top productivity links of 2021!

Tools & Apps

neverinstall - This was the top tool of the year. A powerful platform for accessing desktop applications through the browser, making your apps 10x faster than on your local machine.

Personal Management System - An open-source web application for managing personal data, similar to a CMS or CRM.

Firework - Windows, Mac, or Linux app that turns web applications and sites into desktop apps with instant loading time, pinned to taskbar, and easy to switch between.

TreeSheets - Open source Windows, Mac, or Linux app. A free-form data organizer, also called a hierarchical spreadsheet, suitable for any kind of data organization, such as to-do lists, project management, brainstorming, etc. - Yep, a meme generator cracked the top 5! What could be better for your productivity than a clean meme maker with no watermarks and no signup needed?

Springboard Teaches all of the Web Tools You Need for a High-Paying Job - Self-paced, online bootcamp. Get mentored 1:1 by leading web development experts who work for top companies like Google, Facebook and Airbnb. Be backed by the proven Springboard guarantee: get a job or your money back.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

How To Learn Stuff Quickly - The top article of the year comes from Josh Comeau, known for his fantastic CSS content, who gives his advice on how to learn in the most efficient way.

A Thread with 7 High-Value Ideas & Habits - This was actually a Twitter thread that I initially linked in the intro, but it had so many clicks that I had to include it as a Thread Reader page.

100 Tips For a Better Life - This is a random categorized list of tips covering a whole slew of stuff that was a popular link when I shared it way back in January.

Personal Leverage: How to Truly 10x Your Productivity - According to this popular piece, if you're searching for productivity apps and hacks to accomplish Elon Musk-levels of output, you're looking in the wrong place.

The Optimal Desk Setup: How to Create a Minimalist Desk (and Other Office Setups) - And lastly, a few desk/office-related links did well this past year, including this one by James Fleischmann.

Find, Visualize and Apply the Hidden Gems in Your Spam Inbox - Checkmate is the first tool ever built to sort, visualize and apply the deals from your spam inbox while you shop, finding hidden gems and saving early users an average of $40 per checkout. It’s completely free! Try Checkmate today!   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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