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Issue #196  (The Power of Single-tasking) 11/14/22

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A user on The Workplace category on Stack Exchange asks: Unable to focus on programming around 3-4 PM every day. How can I fix this?

If you're like me, then as soon as you read that headline you immediately said out loud, "Join the club!" It's really not unusual to feel this way, especially as you start to age. In many countries, it's basically expected that things shut down in the middle of the day, often due to the heat. Of course, a cushy programming job in an air conditioned office is not exactly the same as working out in the sun.
Programming on a Laptop

But it's still something to keep an eye on and determine if you think it needs to be fixed. There's lots of good advice in the thread but I like this thought from the top answer:
"One factor is lunch – try not to eat anything too big or heavy for lunch, as your body will divert energy into digestion. Also, try and get out in the fresh air for a bit in the middle of the day to recharge. A 15-20 minute break in the day is the bare minimum – you should try and get away from the computer for up to an hour (and try to avoid surfing or socialising on the phone, too - but it's okay to have a real conversation with someone)."

All of that advice should help avoid that near-mandatory tired feeling you get at a certain hour of the day and should help you stay as productive as possible.

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


Tools & Apps

Upbase — An all-in-one work management platform for your tasks, docs, and discussions, that's easy to use.

Recall — A personal encyclopedia where you can save and organize content on things that interest you.

Starter Tab — A new tab page for Chrome that lets you customize the theme and organize all the different 'tiles' to suit your needs. — Get a daily email digest of your Twitter bookmarks, so you don't forget anything you've saved and you can put it to use right away.

elasticfox — A ticketing app for Slack, aligned with your team's needs, to improve resolution times and collaboration without ever leaving Slack.

Gemoo — Record you and your screen to clarify points, get video and image files organized visually as a mind map or calendar, and send them as a link to boost your communication.

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Articles & Resources

Split Your Overwhelmed Teams — Sometimes the solution to an overworked team isn't more hires but splitting the team into two or more streamlined  and focused departments.

Single-Tasking: The Power of Focusing on One Task at a Time — Here's yet another article against the idea of multi-tasking, but I like that it focuses on the whole purpose of avoiding multi-tasking: So you can do one thing well.

How to Get More Done in a Single Work Day Than Most People Do in a Week — A response to research that revealed the average UK office worker is only productive for 2 hours and 53 minutes out of the working day.

100 Ways To Slightly Improve Your Life Without Really Trying — Just a big old list you can use for some inspiration or general life maintenance.

Starter Story — A single resource that has 4,100+ case studies with founders who built their businesses to thousands of customers.

The Science of Resting (Well) — A science-based look at learning the right techniques to maximize the power of rest and fully restore ourselves.

Bytes: Your Favourite JavaScript Newsletter — I subscribe to a lot of newsletters, but this is definitely one I look forward to. Entertaining with lots of cool and useful coding tidbits and tools.    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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