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Tech Productivity

Issue #221  (Journey Into Sleep) 05/08/23

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.

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If you're a big Gmail user, here's a quick tip that you might enjoy taking advantage of when cycling through your inbox.

By default, if you delete, archive, or mute any conversation, Gmail will automatically take you back to your inbox. That's fine for me. I generally deal my emails in a very haphazard manner, not necessarily in the order they arrive. But if you prefer to go to either the next or previous message in the inbox, rather than back to the inbox view you can adjust this. Go to:
  • Settings (the cog icon)
  • Click "See all settings"
  • Click the "Advanced" tab along the top
  • Next to the option for "Auto-advance" choose "Enable"
Once this is enabled, this will also add an option in the "General" settings tab that looks like this:
Gmail's auto-advance feature
This lets you customize what message is focused on next (next newest, next oldest, or back to the threadlist). And note that this option doesn't appear in your General tab until you first enable "Auto-advance" in your "Advanced" tab.

A simple feature that most, if not all, email clients have, but probably not one that we tend to change from the default. I think most of us just get used to whatever the default behaviour is and make that work for us. But this is a good setting to be aware of if you want to customize how Gmail behaves when going through messages in your inbox.

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


Tools & Apps

Superpower for ChatGPT — A browser extension to add missing features like folders, search, and community prompts to ChatGPT.

AudioPen — An audio transcription app that converts voice-recorded, messy,. and unstructured thoughts into proper text notes with summaries.

Suptask — A team-to-team ticketing system integrated with Slack that allows you to submit, act on, and respond to tickets faster than any traditional ticketing systems.

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Ellie — A beautiful and simple app for web or iOS that helps you organize your thoughts and plan your day, useful for those who are constantly multi-tasking.

Linguix Turbo — A Chrome extension that's a text expander that lets you speed up your writing and adding text snippets for email, social media, or other websites you use regularly.

HiDock — Mac app that allows you to set custom Dock settings for different display configurations (e.g. large external screen vs. laptop alone).

Articles & Resources

Journey Into Sleep — A well-sourced deep dive with lots of visuals that looks at why scientists are finding that sleep matters more than we know.

Are You Financially Literate? Here are 7 Signs You’re on the Right Track — The "signs" cover cashflow, budgeting, debt, saving habits, financial assets, financial strengths/weaknesses, and setting goals.

Free One-Pager Project Management Template — Over 16,000 downloads. Use this template (available in Notion, Obsidian, Word, OneNote, and Google Docs formats) to organize all your small and medium sized projects. Business or Personal. Free course included shows you how to use it.   sponsor  

Chaos Monkey: We look at Shopify’s New ‘Culture of Focus’ — A look at Shopify's recently-implemented policy of cutting down on meetings, which are viewed as a 'bug' rather than a benefit to team productivity.

A Two-Minute Burnout Checkup — When taken regularly, this short assessment can help you gauge whether you’re on the path to burnout, and where you should focus your attention to make beneficial changes.

Why You Shouldn’t List Certifications on LinkedIn — Puts forth the theory that the incentives certifications create for engineers and recruiters are all wrong, which is explained by splitting engineers into two distinct personas.

▶ The Unexpected Key To Boosting Your Productivity — A short video by entrepreneur Dan Shipper on how you can use awareness, observation and experimentation to clear your own way to getting more done.


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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