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Issue #193  (Why Deadlines are Pointless) 10/24/22

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Executive coach Ed Batista wrote a short but effective post called The Problem with Fighting Fires. It's not quite of article length that I normally include in the articles section of this newsletter, but I like what he says so it's perfect for this week's intro.

To quote the main points of the article:

"The problem is that you're acting like a firefighter instead of a fire marshal. You're constantly rushing from one fire to the next, never slowing down to install smoke detectors ... The problem is that firefighting is thrilling and addictive and makes you feel needed–and installing smoke detectors is boring."

Fireman in front of a fire

Great advice for those managing others and who constantly feel the need to solve little problems that probably don't need as much immediate attention as we think. How much better to take a step back, analyze the situation, and prepare a proper plan of attack.

This might involve creating better systems, using better software, ensuring standups and team meetings are more productive, and so forth. Whatever the case, the advice to 'install smoke detectors' is memorable and effective.

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


Tools & Apps

Linen — Syncs your Slack and Discord threads to an SEO friendly website that allows your community to discover you through search engines and reduces the number of repeat questions.

Shortcat — A universal command palette for your Mac to help you manipulate macOS masterfully, minus the mouse.

DualSafe — A free and full-featured Windows password manager to securely store unlimited passwords and auto-fill passwords with one click.

Zoom World — A note-taking app that lets you think with drawings, for Apple iPad with Apple Pencil.

Podrest — Web app or Chrome extension that converts any web article or blog post a podcast so you can listen on the go.

tl;dv — A Google Meet and Zoom meetings video recorder to transcribe, timestamp, edit, and share video meetings while also making them searchable.

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Articles & Resources

Your Work Matters. Build Your Schedule Accordingly. — This is a bit of a book promo (not the author's book though) and I like this quote: "Sustainable production of valuable work, however, requires a dash of selfishness." Just a dash though!

Why Deadlines are Pointless and What to Do Instead — Lucas F. Costa believes deadlines are not a necessary evil and actually harm productivity, morale, and software quality.

Multitasking, Something We Copied From Computers — An interesting look at the history of the idea of 'multitasking' and why we probably shouldn't do it.

Sauna Use as a Lifestyle Practice to Extend Healthspan — A study from Experimental Gerontology showing how sauna use provides results similar to the effects of exercise. I would argue that most people who use a sauna also likely work out, so would this be flawed analysis?

Step On It! Walking Is Good For Health But Walking Faster Is Even Better, Study Finds — Researchers from Australia and Denmark found that 10,000 steps each day is the “sweet spot” to help lower the risk of disease and death and a brisk walk provides even more benefits.

How To Sync Your Personal & Work Calendar For Free (Google Calendar) — Step-by-step guide that shows you how to automatically block off time in your work calendar when events are created on your personal calendar.

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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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