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Issue #161  (How To Overcome Perfectionism) 03/14/22

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Back in August, which, from the world news perspective, seems like a decade ago, Karen Ho Tweeted:

I want an article that says "your productivity is very bad right now because of several ongoing, overlapping crises and a new to-do list system or organizing software won't solve it alone"

The thread goes on to bring out some specific things going on that are beyond our control and that should be taken into consideration during performance evaluations.

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I agree. There are a lot of things going on in the world right now and even when those things aren't affecting us directly, the indirect consequences can take their toll. I hope managers, CEOs and other team leaders are taking these things into considerations when considering the value of their employees and their work output.

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

Tools & Apps

Clover — A cross-platform digital notebook that blends notes, tasks, whiteboards, and a daily planner into one streamlined app.

Airgram — An AI assistant that records and transcribes video meetings on Zoom, Google Meet, and MS Teams.

Pure Paste — Mac app that that lets you paste in plain text by default while not affecting copying of files, images, etc.

Newsletterss - A newsletter reader for web, iOS, and Android to help declutter your inbox by providing you a personalized email address.

flomo - A different take on the note-taking app that isn't as focused on many features but is more about inspiring thoughts.

Chaos - A bookmarking app that lets you save anything from the web, along with your local images and documents, and includes powerful features like infinite nesting and in-app previews.

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Articles & Resources

How To Overcome Perfectionism: 5 Simple Ways To Let Go and Find Freedom — A balanced look at perfectionism that considers the pros and cons, risks involved, different types of perfectionists, and some tips to overcome the problem.

The Five-Day Workweek is Dying - A consideration of pre- and post-pandemic work conditions and the apparently growing popularity of hybrid work after a 33% remote work increase.

Mix and Match Mental Models — Makes a good argument that having strict mental models can impair your judgement rather than enhance it.

How Note Taking Can Help You Become an Expert - A philosophical discussion of a note-taking learning system that's based on a 30-year old theory that explains how to learn better in ill-structured environments.

If You’re Not Skipping Some Tasks, You’re Making Life Harder — Skipping stuff can help keep your momentum going, but it certainly depends on what is being skipped.

How to Escape Productivity Anxiety and End the Cycle of “Never Enough” — To maintain a healthy productivity output, reduce cognitive load by making “reset” time a habit.

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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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