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Tech Productivity

Issue #169  (Lessons From a Tech Job Search) 05/09/22

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Most likely you've heard of WikiHow, a popular free (but ad-based) website where you can look up how to do just about anything. Many of your online searches will result in WikiHow results.

Generally, this type of website is associated with things like "How to unclog a toilet", "How to grow big tomatoes", or "How to tie a necktie".

Working at a desk with coffee

But I recently stumbled across their article How to Have a Productive Day and the info in it is pretty good. There are a few somewhat opinionated suggestions that wouldn't be for everyone, but here are the main tips with my comments: 

  • Start preparation the night before – An excellent way to ensure a productive day.
  • Have a glass of lemon water – A solid suggestion for good health, but I wouldn't say this is necessarily going to make or break your productivity.
  • Avoid social media right away – This might be the best suggestion on the list.
  • Have breakfast – The idea that breakfast is 'the most important meal of the day' has, in my opinion, been debunked. I often don't have breakfast. But I'm not a doctor or a nutritionist, so do what's best for you.
  • Exercise before work – Definitely a good suggestion but if you're going to do this, then you probably will want to have breakfast too.
  • Eliminate distractions – App notifications and other unnecessary alerts fall into this category.
  • Say "no" to requests that do not fit in with your priorities – A good suggestion for every workday.
  • Organize your workspace – As they say, a messy desk means a messy mind, so I agree with this one.
  • Focus on one thing at a time – Some people can multitask, so I'm not going to be dogmatic about this one. In fact, I often feel more comfortable switching between different tasks throughout the day.
  • Tackle the most important tasks first – True, but don't sacrifice quality work just for the purpose of 'getting stuff done'. I think quality takes time, so this won't always be as advantageous as it sounds.
  • Give yourself breaks and rewards throughout the day – Definitely an important suggestion. This might even include another brief period of exercise which itself can be rewarding after sitting for a long time.

Overall, lots of good tips, and I've only mentioned the primary headings here so be sure to check out the full article for some productivity inspiration.

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


Tools & Apps

Zario — Android and iOS app that that creates a personal journey of exciting, psychology-backed challenges to improve how you use your device.

Dex — A virtual rolodex that brings together LinkedIn, email, and all your daily tools so you can keep in touch, remember where you left off, and see everyone you know.

Google Jamboard — I had no idea Google had a free online collaborative whiteboard app, but here it is.

YouTube Transcripts — An SEO-optimized YouTube transcripts service that allows you to transcribe your YouTube videos with one click.

Send NDA — Service to create non-disclosure agreements that have global coverage and are lawyer-verified, that can be signed in a few minutes.

Slik Safe — A decentralized Dropbox alternative that lets you back up, sync, and share files with end-to-end encryption.

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Articles & Resources

This Is What Happens When There Are Too Many Meetings — If you feel like your work-from-home productivity is spread across multiple periods of the day, rather than the standard 9-5, you'll relate to this piece.

How to Create a Habit System and Stay Motivated as a Developer — If you lack motivation for side projects and hobbies, this advice may help.

Lessons From a Tech Job Search — This is one person's extensive discussion on how to go about applying for and interviewing with tech companies, which might be especially helpful for those who haven't been in a job search for a few years.

Using the Goal Gradient Hypothesis to Help People Cross the Finish Line — Based on a hypothesis that was first introduced by Clark Leonard Hull in 1932 when it was tested on rats. But don't be put off by that, it's actually an interesting phenomenon that has some merit.

The One Word That Can Save You When You’re Feeling Overwhelmed — Not a surprise that the word here is "no", so if you have a problem saying no and thus taking on too much, some of the practical advice here will help.

Doing Something Once vs. Doing it Every Day — This is a good reminder, not because we tend to only do things once, but because we tend to do things only once in a while, whereas consistency will lead to more success.


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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