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Issue #207  (10 Best U.S. Places to Work) 01/30/23

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Here's a pretty cool cross-over video in the productivity space: Tiago Forte interviews Elizabeth Filips on her 'second brain' in Notion. I've been a fan of both of them for a little while now, so it's great to see a video involving the two.

This one is on Tiago's channel and even though it's only 14 minutes, there are lots of chapter links so you can jump to specific topics. And of course, Elizabeth talks so fast, that it's more like a 30 minute video in terms of actual content!
Tiago Forte interviews Elizabeth Filips on her second brain in Notion

There's lots of discussion about specific tools, ways to save, and so on. And I love this quote from Tiago, which is part of his commentary on the interview:
"As we talked I realized that every part of Elizabeth's system is built so she never has to ask what to do next, or how something will get captured."

This is a great observation! I think anyone who has had a similar experience in developing a system that works for them will relate to this. When you iron out your workflow, it feels great when you don't even have to stop to figure stuff out — you just do the work that produces the results you want.

Be sure to check out the full interview. She goes into lots of detail on her personal productivity system so I'm sure there are other nuggets in there that you'll enjoy.
Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!


Tools & Apps

Coffee — A customizable macOS time tracker for freelancers that includes useful analytics, export to CSV, notifications, and unlimited projects.

File Browser — A file managing interface within a specified directory that can be used to upload, delete, preview, rename, and edit your files.

KeePass — An open source, light-weight, and easy-to-use password manager for Windows, with unofficial ports to other platforms.

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ScreenRun — An app that allows you to view and annotate videos in real-time, then quickly share for demos, feedback, discussion, etc.

Obsidian Canvas — A native cross-platform app that provides an infinite whiteboard for ideas, brainstorming, organizing notes, embed various media, and more.

Meco — A newsletter reader app that integrates with Gmail that allows you to organize your reading list by topic and subscribe to new publications right inside the app.

Articles & Resources

The 10 Best U.S. Places to Work in 2023, According to Glassdoor — Based on data found here, which goes back to 2009. And note that "places" is a reference to companies, not just cities or areas.

Saving 10 Hours a Month — Silicon Valley executive Deb Liu with some unique and somewhat aggressive suggestions on how to save time, some of which you might consider for your own routine.

Don't Optimise Your Downtime — Reading this made me feel like the author was in my head! As he points out, it's sometimes difficult to relax and not feel like we need to always be taking notes, saving links, etc.

Skyflow: What If Privacy Had an API? — What are the most common mistakes companies make when it comes to managing and protecting sensitive user data? Read the guide now to learn how to move fast without breaking privacy.    sponsor  

Lessons Learned from the Book 'Effective Remote Work' — A simple set of 11 tips that the author initially shared on social media but converted into a short blog post that might inspire you to grab a copy of the same book.

Shopify Tells Employees to Just Say No to Meetings — A report on some new workplace rules for the Canadian-based e-commerce giant. Maybe a pattern for others to follow as well?

Prevent Burnout by Spotting These Red and Green Flags Before Taking the Job — Some recommendations from experts on what types of companies to look for to ensure you've got a good chance of avoiding burnout if you decide to take on a new role.


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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