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Issue #184  (Being Swamped is Normal and Not Impressive) 08/22/22

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If you haven't seen the video called The Hustle by YouTubers Krazam, then you're really missing out. The two-minute video is almost four years old now but still relevant to our productivity-obsessed culture.

It's one of those rare videos that makes you both laugh-out-loud and feel sad at the same time. One of the top comments indicates that this sort of thing is all-too-real:

"I was a software engineer in NYC, and I can attest that this video is video is sadly accurate - from the glorification of meaningless work, overhyped sense of self-importance, craving for public validation, and ultimate emptiness and meaninglessness of it all."

The Hustle

Do some view the video as insulting to productivity culture? Maybe. But there's definitely an important message here. It's not always necessary to feel productive in every waking moment. Sometimes just chilling and enjoying some quiet device-free, work-free time can be both meaningful and refreshing.

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

Tools & Apps

Payload — Native Windows, Mac, or Linux app to transfer video, pictures, and documents blazingly fast between devices on your local network.

Emery — A personal workspace for busy people that allows you to effortlessly organize your tasks, time, and thoughts in a single app.

Wordnote — A different spin on note-taking. It's a simple and elegant iOS or Android app that lets you record new words that you learn and discover their meanings and synonyms.

Sol — An open-source command palette (i.e. app launcher) for Mac, focused on simplicity and speed.

VideoMark — A Chrome extension that allows you to easily take notes and make other annotations while watching YouTube videos, with all data auto-saved to Google Cloud.

Slackmin — Plugin that enables your team to easily perform robust admin functions from within Slack. Update your website content, check customer complaints, order history, issue refunds, and more.

Understand Your Users Without Invading Their Privacy — If you’re looking for a privacy-friendly and future-proof analytics tool then try Squeaky. It's easy to get started, and includes site analytics, event tracking, session recording, feedback widgets, heatmaps, user journey mapping, and more.   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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