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Tech Productivity

Issue #16  (Salary Progression in Tech) 06/03/19

From a Hacker News thread asking What tools/methods do you use to focus your time well?, there are some suggestions for time management apps and websites, but then there are a few other non-technical answers. One reader responds in part:

"Being more of a maverick personality type, I don’t even entertain 'methods' or 'systems' to structure my life. I pretty much just follow whatever thread I’m on and do what seems best in the moment."

And maybe the most controversial answer:

"The most optimal strategy I can consider towards making efficient use of my time is to spend absolutely none of it researching methods or techniques to do so."

There's certainly some benefit to avoiding obsessing over the technical side of time management, but I think many people will find the technical suggestions and tools useful for their personality types or circumstances.

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

Tools & Apps

Mochi - Take notes and make flashcards using markdown, then study them using spaced repetition.

Dynalist - The best outlining app for your best work, where brilliant ideas are captured, fleshed out, and realized. - Generates a random password you can share via a link, which expires after one use and is automatically deleted once it is viewed.

Lonesome - A self-improvement and productivity app (iOS and Android) that boosts your motivation with game mechanics.

Truffle - Save on taxes by finding potential business deductions. Crawls through your personal spending history and intelligently finds potential business deductions you forgot about.

Articles & Resources

Tactictaco - An extensive marketing to-do list. Categorized marketing tactics to help you make progress in your business.

Burnout is an official medical diagnosis, World Health Organization says - Not sure I agree with this being classified as a medical problem, but it's certainly something to be concerned about for overworked people.

Self-Distancing: What It Is and How You Can Use It to Make Better Decisions - Suggestions on setting aside emotions and personal biases when making important decisions.

My Salary Progression in Tech - George Stocker opens up about how his salary has increased over the years, which might help others in expectations, negotiations, etc.

Getting Too Absorbed in Your Side Projects - A few brief thoughts from Dave Bennet on keeping balanced when it comes to doing work on the side.


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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