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Tech Productivity

Issue #222  (How To Overcome Burnout) 05/15/23

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In the article section below, there's a research-based piece on overcoming burnout. I'm guessing I include at least one burnout-related article every month. I find many more of such articles, but I try not to bombard my readers with the same subjects too often. Hopefully you enjoy the balance of topics that I include.

If you've faced burnout in the past or are currently going through something similar, you might want to check out a Hacker News thread where a reader asks: Has anyone managed to find enjoyment in their work after burnout?

In part, the reader explains:

"I got a bit burnt out a couple of years ago working 70-hour weeks and haven’t been able to bounce back since. Now, whenever I’m coding, it just feels like an enormous effort to get anything done. I’ve tried to work on different projects and things that are more in line with my interests, but that hasn’t really seemed to help."

The reader also points out that he/she suffers from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and has worked in various management roles. So the circumstances surrounding this situation might differ significantly from your own.

As always, check out the full thread for bits of advice you might like. But my favourite is in the top comment: Care less.

I definitely think we can care too much about our work. The most important things in our life should be our family and our values. If our pursuit for success, fame, and materialism get ahead of those things, that's the beginning of a recipe for burnout.

Just my two cents of course. I don't know your personal circumstances — I'm only speaking from my own experience and observations.

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


Tools & Apps

Stationian — Chrome extension. An all-in-one bookmark companion to better curate the web, for individuals and teams.

Spacedrive — An open source cross-platform file explorer that allows you to combine your drives and clouds into one database that you can organize and explore from any device, powered by a virtual distributed file system written in Rust.

Better Habits — Leaders at Spotify, Y Combinator and Lightspeed organize their life with Sunsama – the daily planner for busy professionals. It helps you manage your tasks, meetings and emails all in one place. Get the tool trusted by the world’s most successful leaders.    sponsor  

Dark Reader — A browser extension that enables dark mode on just about any website and configure the dark theme's brightness, contrast, and sepia. — Generate realistic text-to-speech (TTS) audio using an online AI voice generator and the best synthetic, natural-sounding speech and download as MP3 or WAV files.

Muzzle — A simple Mac app to silence notifications during screen sharing. Works with Zoom, Google Hangouts, Slack, and more. — A ChatGPT-powered meeting assistant that transforms meetings into transcriptions, action items, summaries, and follow-ups in seconds.

Articles & Resources

Are Meetings Making You Less Productive? — A bit of a deep dive into some of the recent trends surrounding the negativity associated with team meetings, from a developer team perspective.

4 Reasons You’re Not Taking Action (And What To Do About It) — This goes in depth but the four reasons are: Fear of others opinions, perfectionism, being distracted, and being burned by past action.

Securely Share 2FA Tokens with Others, No Phone Needed — A browser-based 2FA authenticator for you and your team. Easy import from Google Authenticator, user management, read-only access, backups, and more. 2FA your team will love!    sponsor  

79 Tasks for My Virtual Assistants: Real World Examples — If you're considering hiring a virtual assistant to help with tasks you'd rather not focus your time on, this post might give you some ideas or inspiration.

How to Think in Funnels (and Achieve the Best Possible Outcomes) — If nothing else, this is a good little history lesson on the introduction and application of the AIDA model, popularized in the marketing industry.

This is How to Overcome Burnout: 6 Secrets From Research — A sobering fact from this article: A 2015 study found that workplace stress in the U.S. causes $190 billion in health care costs annually and results in 120,000 deaths.

Your Brain Will Perform Better if You Shift into this Mode of Working — Productivity expert Donna McGeorge outlines four strategies that will help your brain do more by working less.


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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