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Tech Productivity

Issue #23  (Short Bursts of Exercise for Learning) 07/22/19

A user on Hacker News asks a great question: How do you find time to learn new skills having family? I'm sure many of you are in the same boat, with little time outside of regular work hours.

The best answers to this question are always ones that ensure family is a priority. For example:

"Family time should be family time, and if you're waiting for it to end so you can get to your hobby project you're not going to be as present as you should be."

Here's one from someone who learned from mistakes made in trying to balance family and tech habits:

"When I first became a family man I tried to keep up with my old habits. The frustration and sleep deprivation that ensued caused damage to my relationships with my wife and daughter that I regret to this day. It wasn't until I decided to take a break and find my 'new normal' that I could then start to identify gaps where I could fit things like study etc back in."

Finally, the best overall advice:

"You need a non-tech hobby. Family is perfect for that. Whatever your previous hobby was, it's with family now."

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

Tools & Apps

Pushcut - iOS app. Smart notifications for your automation. Schedule shortcuts, trigger notifications based on locations, and connect to your online automation.

Podcast List - A database of podcasts with contact info to contact the podcasts if you want to reach out to them to promote your startup.

LessPhone - A minimalist Android launcher designed to help reduce your phone use.

Syncthing - Open source Dropbox alternative. Synchronizes files between two or more computers and replaces proprietary sync and cloud services with something open, trustworthy, and decentralized.

Emma - iOS and Android app that helps you in avoiding overdrafts, finding wasteful subscriptions and giving the control you need over your finances.

Articles & Resources

At what time of day [do] famous programmers work? - The author looks at the timestamps on Git commits for famous programmers. Not sure if this would encourage anyone to change their habits, but interesting to see.

Your brain activity can be used to measure how well you understand a concept - Dartmouth researchers have developed a machine learning algorithm that measures how well a student understands a concept.

How I Made $8,000 per Month Podcasting, and Why You Probably Don’t Want To - Tim Romero discusses his success story with a small-niche podcast.

Short Bursts of Exercise May Prime the Brain for Learning - Based on a study done on mice, so take it with a grain of salt.

The state of switching to Windows from Mac in 2019 - Owen Williams looks at the pros and cons of Windows 10, with a focus on those who might be considering switching from MacOS.


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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