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Issue #167  (Building Healthy Habits When You’re xhausted) 04/25/22

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There's currently quite a bit of controversy right now surrounding Elon Musk and his potential purchase of Twitter, his views of free speech, and how that could change social media in the years to come. Musk recently appeared in an interview on a TED video published less than two weeks ago that's already amassed more than 4.5 million views.

Musk's Twitter buyout is certainly a topic for another newsletter. But something more relevant to this newsletter is the portion of the TED interview where he discusses the fact that he has Asperger syndrome (I didn't know this until I saw that part) and what it means for how his brain works.

Elon Musk Interview on TED

You can watch the full segment where he discusses his condition starting at 42:36, but here's a few relevant quotes:

"I did not have a happy childhood, to be frank. It was quite rough. But I read a lot of books, I read lots and lots of books, and so ... I gradually understood more from the books I was reading ... But it took me a while to understand things that most people intuitively understand."

And further:

"I think there's maybe some value also from a technology standpoint, because I found it rewarding to spend all night programming computers, just by myself and I think most people don't enjoy typing strange symbols into a computer by themselves all night. They think that's not fun, but I thought it was – I really liked it."

I think many of you who were raised on computer programming may feel the same way, so I thought that was the most interesting part of the interview from a tech productivity perspective.

Before this video I had never really seen Musk much outside of his Twitter feed, so it really did surprise me what a poor public speaker he is, which I believe is related to his condition. He's generally difficult to listen to due to his stammering, but it's quite amazing how much he's accomplished in spite of all that.

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


Tools & Apps

Reflect — A new note-taking app to that includes networked note-taking, offline sync, Chrome/Safari integration, Kindle import, calendar integration, and more.

Runway — A fast way to create, edit, collaborate on, and share videos in your browser, powered by AI.

Timestripe — A beautiful calendar app with shared to-do lists and powerful notes to help you stay focused on your daily goals. — Team collaboration software  with text chat, file transfers, audio, video, and screen sharing, unified access from any device, and integration with  200+ apps.

Yudu — Chrome extension. A todo list that helps you convert your messages and chats into tasks, so you never forget a task again.

Simple SMS Service — A simpler alternative to Twilio. Send personalized bulk SMS using Excel or Google Sheets.

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Articles & Resources

5 Simple Productivity Tips For Developers — All five suggestions here are valuable for any field of work, but I can see why the author chose to target the developer industry, since it can be taxing on our time.

Building Healthy Habits When You’re Truly Exhausted — The main point in this one is that the healthy habits (sleeping, nutrition, etc.) will generally prevent you from feeling overtired in the first place.

Hard To Work With — A thought-provoking and honest discussion of the author's own experience with “socially-acceptable professional vices” that hinder organizational progress.

How to Get Hooked on Making an Effort — Based on research that the author recently published in the journal Organizational Dynamics, exploring the subtle relationship between effort and performance.

Their Secret for Workplace Zen? Landlines and Ethernet Cords — Interesting discussion of workers who are embracing old-school technology to overcome some of the frustrations associated with wireless connections and other modern tech.

Don’t Quit Yet: This is How to Make Your Current Job Fit Your Needs — A couple of simple suggestions to consider before jumping on the anti-work or "great resignation" bandwagon.

Remote Team Building Ice Breakers — HotPizza delivers fun icebreakers for your remote/hybrid team—for virtual meetings and ongoing friendly conversations via Slack.    sponsor  


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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