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Issue #202  (Life-Changing Micro Habits) 12/26/22

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I'll be back with the regular intro and new links in next week's issue, but for this issue I've compiled the top productivity links from the past year. This is based on number of unique clicks in this newsletter, while taking into account open rates for each issue.

This includes the top 6 productivity tools of the year as well as the top 6 (+1 bonus) articles and resources of the year. This should give you plenty to review as you get back to your regular schedule in late December and early January.
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That's it for this newsletter in 2022. I hope you all have a happy and healthy end to your year.

Now on to the top productivity links of 2022!


Tools & Apps

Make — This was the number one most-clicked tool in this newsletter in 2022. It's a platform that lets you design, build, and automate anything, from tasks and workflows to apps and systems, with a few clicks.

Shortwave — The next most-clicked tool, a Gmail UI that completely redesigns email from the ground up so you can stay calm, focused, and in control.

SiYuan — Another popular one, it's a local-first personal knowledge management system that supports complete offline use, end-to-end encrypted synchronization, and Markdown.

The Juice: Marketing & Sales Resources — The ultimate industry insider hack, The Juice aggregates career-enhancing resources from top brands and thought leaders and organizes them in one place, so you don't have to keep filling out marketing forms for access.   sponsor  

Clover — All-in-one tools tend to do well, even if just for curiosity. This one is a cross-platform digital notebook that blends notes, tasks, whiteboards, and a daily planner into one streamlined app.

Emery — Yet another one in the category of 'personal workspace'. This one geared towards busy people, allowing you to effortlessly organize your tasks, time, and thoughts in a single app.

Recall — And finally, the last of the most-clicked tools, here's a personal encyclopedia where you can save and organize content on things that interest you.

Articles & Resources

Top 50 Productivity Hacks Chosen by Internet and You — This was the most popular link in 2022 in this newsletter, the only one that surpassed 200 unique clicks. It consists of a crowdsourced list of the best productivity hacks, in a Reddit-like environment where anyone can suggest tips and upvote their favourites.

100+ Tools for an Easy Life 2022 — This just missed the 200 unique clicks plateau. It's a huge list of hardware and software recommendations from the DO team.

4 Things The Most Organized People Do Every Day — This was actually published in 2021, but I didn't link it until this past year. Suggestions are based on snippets from a book called Four Thousand Weeks.

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5 Signs It’s Time to Quit Your Job — Should it worry us that people clicked this at a high rate? Not necessarily. This is another one published in late 2021 that you might find useful.

27 Life-Changing Micro Habits That Require Only A Few Minutes — Interestingly, there were two articles on the topic of 'micro habits' that were among the most-clicked in 2022. The other one is The 80 Best Micro Habits to Change Your Life.

20 Productivity Tips From Developers to Developers — And finally, from the actiTIME team, this one gathered different productivity suggestions from various developers around the web.


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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