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Issue #226  (The Psychological Benefits of Commuting) 06/12/23

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If you sit in an office chair for long periods of time, you'll want to check out this short Tweet thread from High Performance Coach Dan Go, where he outlines a quick set of neck exercises.

I'm not a medical professional and I have no idea what Dan's credentials are in this area, so always be sure to get professional medical help before attempting any strenuous physical activity. In this case, these are simple stretches so you should be fine — but do them at your own risk!
Dan Go on Neck stretches

The outline of the exercises is as follows:

  1. Looking left and right
  2. Looking up and down
  3. Lateral neck stretch
  4. Cell phone stretch
  5. Janet Jacksons

The last one is apparently based on a dance move that Janet Jackson did in a music video he refers to as "Egyptians", though I can't seem to figure out the video he's referring to! 🤔

Keeping the neck loose is a great way to reduce stress and help your overall physical health, so you might want to bookmark this one and try it out a few times.

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


Tools & Apps

Vaulty — A platform to request end-to-end encrypted information sharing from anyone with a web browser, so you can avoid sending sensitive information like passwords via email.

Screen Story — Screen recording software for Mac to create video demos, tutorials, education videos, GIFs, promo videos, and more, with no editing skills needed.

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Banafo — An app to record and transcribe video calls and webinars with one click, with support for Zoom, Google Meet, MS Teams, Jitsi, and others.

Tweetsmash — A zero-friction Twitter curation tool that turns your Twitter bookmarks into knowledge digests, organized for reading, with filter features, and integrations with Notion, Zotero, and GSheets.

Naav — A project management tool for teams with a visual Kanban board, backlog feature, visual timeline, customizable dashboards, a wiki, calendar, and more. — An open-source, easy-to-use platform that allows you to track and categorize your spending, giving you a clear picture of your financials.


Articles & Resources

On Finding New Ways to Manage Your Time — Writer Delia Cai discusses treating your creative time as billable, allowing yourself to be humbled, and embracing deadlines.

The Psychological Benefits of Commuting That Remote Work Doesn't Provide — Interesting tidbit from this one: One woman told The Washington Post that even though she was working from home, she regularly sat in her car in the driveway at the end of the workday in an attempt to carve out some personal time and mark the transition from work to nonwork roles."

A Four-Day Workweek Reduces Stress without Hurting Productivity — The results of a test involving dozens of employers and thousands of employees suggests that working only four days instead of five is good for workers’ well-being.

Tower Makes Git Easy — Just ask the 100,000 developers using it around the world. A native Git client with Undo, Drag & Drop and Remote Services Integration so that you can build better software!    sponsor  

Why You Need a Productivity Plan and How to Create One — If you want to make more progress toward your goals, having a productivity plan is a good idea. Here's how to make one.

Setting Boundaries at Work: Why It’s Time to Start Putting Your Out of Office Response on 24/7 — Interesting idea! A creative use of out-of-office responses as a way to notify senders when they can expect a response and what your preferred method of contact is.

Managing Stress at Work: Three Things Your Employer Could Do For You — Some good suggestions for those in leadership roles. The three things are: Identify stress points, train managers, and make someone responsible for managing stress.


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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