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Issue #227  (Alternatives to Journaling) 06/19/23

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One of the articles linked below is on the topic of stress and how it can actually be addictive. Stress works similarly to other things we're addicted too, releasing dopamine, making us inadvertently dependent on stress.

But there's another stress-related term I hadn't heard before that I just came across: It's called eustress. Eustress is defined as 'beneficial stress', or as Wikipedia explains:
"Eustress occurs when the gap between what one has and what one wants is slightly pushed, but not overwhelmed. The goal is not too far out of reach but is still slightly more than one can handle. This fosters challenge and motivation since the goal is in sight. The function of challenge is to motivate a person toward improvement and a goal."
Dan Go on Neck stretches
Yerkes–Dodson curve for a difficult task

From way back in 2013, there's a study that was conducted entitled, Generating eustress by challenging employees: Helping people savor their work. It's an older study, so that link won't give you full access to the paper, but you can read the summary at the beginning to get an idea of what it set out to accomplish.

Should more organizations today pay attention to the results of this and similar studies? Should eustress be an ongoing objective of organizations that care about their workers? I would say yes, but it would also be good to know if any other studies in this area have been done since then.

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


Tools & Apps

Plane — An open-source software development tool to manage issues, sprints, and product roadmaps, with a simple UX and integrations for Slack, GitHub, and more.

Yakread — A newsletter and RSS reading app that uses an AI-based recommendation algorithm designed to make reading long-form content as effortless as scrolling Twitter, while still leaving you in control of what you read.

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ByteSync — An on-demand, high-performance file synchronization program that backs up your data remotely while ensuring confidentiality.

Tweetbase — A free browser extension that lets you save and organize your favorite tweets, to build your personal tweet library, with search, auto-sync and a feature that archives deleted tweets.

Zonejam — A platform that helps you organize meetings with team members and clients that live in multiple time zones

Calendar.AI — An AI-based iOS and Android app that automates scheduling based on your availability and includes 'people insights' and features for agenda and meeting summaries.

Articles & Resources

Harvard-Trained Psychologist Shares 3 Signs You’re Addicted ro Stress: ‘It’a a Lot More Common Than You Think’ — The common signs to look for are: Avoiding rest and relaxation, constantly checking your phone, saying “yes” to everything.

Intelligent Brains Take Longer to Solve Difficult Problems — Researchers found that participants with higher intelligence scores were only quicker when tackling simple tasks, while they took longer to solve difficult problems than subjects with lower IQ scores.

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.    sponsor  

5 Alternatives to Journaling for People Who Simply Don’t Wanna — The suggestions aren't really direct replacements for journaling, but they might work for those who don't have the knack for or desire to start (or continue) journaling.

What are Self-Sabotaging Habits and How to Fight Them — An in-depth look at behavior patterns that stall progress and prevent us from reaching our goals, with strategies to overcome the problem habits.

Efficiency Expert: 3 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Team’s Productivity — These time-sucking mistakes steal precious time from your colleagues, day-in and day-out. The good news is there is decisive action leaders can take to fix them.

The Most Important Piece of Career Advice You Probably Never Heard — A 2008 piece from Cal Newport, specifically for those finding their way after college, and the advice is: "Fix the lifestyle you want. Then work backwards from there."


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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