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Tech Productivity

Issue #154  (How to Take Notes While Reading) 01/24/22

I've seen many discussions online about listening to music while working. Does it help? What kind of music is best? Do some jobs require total silence for improved productivity? I think those are all debatable points.

To help with this discussion, the articles section below includes a link to a recent piece on this very topic and you might also want to check out What Should You Listen to When You Want to Focus? on Seeker's YouTube channel.

What Should You Listen to When You Want to Focus?

It's a short video that includes studies to back up the points made and there are some links to check out in the description.

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

Tools & Apps - Free tool to send files with encryption via the browser, up to 2GB per file. Files are deleted after 48 hours.

Toki - A Slack plugin that takes the best features from various tools like spreadsheets, multiple tabs, calendars, and email chains, and combines them into one simple solution.

Defter Notes - An agile note-taking app for iOS that lets you take hand-written notes and organize them in a spatial note-taking space.

Tape - An instant video messaging solution for teams where you can record and share videos that can be organized into topics.

DropResponder - Gmail extension that adds CRM, mail merge, and automations, to help organize contacts, do auto-follow-ups, and more. - A Quick and easy resume builder that's hiring manager approved, uses a professional design, and is applicant tracking system (ATS) friendly.

The New Tab Page You'll Actually Use - Replace your web browser’s new tab page with a minimal list of links, grouped and sorted how you like. A Fine Start is for fans of minimalism and nice typography.   sponsored  

Articles & Resources

How to Make a Difficult Decision - The author believes it’s tempting but unwise to delay important choices and recommends systematic checklists and gut instinct.

Will a 'Hybrid' Model Work for Your Organization? This Technology Can Tell You - Looks at a number of different technologies that can help achieve greater efficiency at reduced operating costs.

Does Your Remote Team Really Need an In-Person Offsite? - This is an episode of Atlassian's "Work Check" podcast, with an on-page transcript included.

The Top 3 Most Effective Ways to Take Notes While Reading - Shane Parrish's suggestions for getting more out of your reading, which he tl;dr's at the start, then expands on all three ideas.

Listen to Music All Day, Get More Done - Based on decades of proven examples and the author even provides some specific song suggestions to help. See the intro above for a related video link.

Building A Smarter To-Do List, Part I - From 2005, part 2 is linked in the first paragraph. Are these suggestions still applicable today? Most likely.

Beginner JavaScript - 88 HD videos. A fun, exercise-heavy approach to learning modern JavaScript from scratch. For absolute beginners to intermediate devs who want to nail their JS Fundamentals.   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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