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Tech Productivity

Issue #230  (Waking Up at 5am for Productivity) 07/10/23

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There's no denying that ChatGPT has now become a big part of a lot of peoples' workflows over the past 6 months or so. You might already be full-steam ahead incorporating it into your own routine, or maybe you're integrating things slowly. Whatever the case, I'm sure you'd like to know what others are doing in this area.

Eric Tung, founder of Linkr, started a thread on this topic on Product Hunt that you might want to check out: How do you use ChatGPT to boost your daily efficiency?
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Since Product Hunt has a pretty diverse user base (ranging from designers to CEOs to hardcore engineers), it's interesting to read the responses. Many simply said it's like a search engine to them but there are some other interesting answers. One user even said he's using it for jokes. Not sure if that qualifies as "efficiency" but maybe he works for a comedy show or something! 😏

I've used it a little bit myself for basic research and coming up with ideas for short coding tutorials. In some cases, I've even used for at least one large article, but I don't allow it to write my content for me. I use it as a very basic guide, and I always verify everything it says (it's often wrong!). If I do use its content, I always rewrite it to make sure it's my voice.

Maybe you'll be able to benefit from some of the ideas in that thread too!

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


Tools & Apps

Worklenz — A one-stop tool that simplifies project management for teams, that includes a task list, kanban, availability schedule, analytics, and more.

SelfNote — iOS app to quickly write notes, reminders or bookmark links from your browser and send them to your email, so you can send notes to yourself and read or manage them at a later time.

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Timerdoro — A simple Pomodoro timer app for all of your tasks that allows you to customize unlimited timers in seconds.

Fathom — A free AI-based meeting assistant that you can set up in minutes that records, transcribes, highlights, and summarizes your meetings so you can focus on the conversation.

Doc Converter — Windows, Mac, or Linux app to Covert PDF documents to Word documents on your local machine.

No Audio, Please! — A Telegram bot that transcribes your voice messages to text. Just forward your message to the bot, then receive a response in less than a minute with a plain text transcription.

Articles & Resources

How to Do the Thing You've Been Avoiding — From the One Thing Better newsletter, written by the CEO of Entrepreneur magazine, where he uses the example of an interview with Jimmy Fallon where he needed to do a follow-up.

Managing Time and Priorities as a Software Development Leader — Josh Tichauer's with some of his personal insights and actionable tips to help software developers level up and transform themselves into effective leaders.

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I Woke Up at 5 a.m for 7 Days to See if it Would Increase My Productivity — Renée Onque considers the pros and cons of her experience with rising early. She admits that she's a very late riser on weekends, so it's clear this was a challenge for her, so you may be able to relate.

Notes Apps are Where Ideas Go to Die. And That’s Good. — This piece puts forth the unorthodox idea that we shouldn't ascribe too much value to the things we save, bookmark, and so on.

5 Steps to Mastering Your Calendar and Increasing Your Productivity — More specifically, five key steps the author uses to coach executives to improve management effectiveness and create space for new, more strategic tasks.

The Productivity Apps I Use in 2023 — Cassidy Williams, who writes a great weekly newsletter for developers, covers the tools that keep her productive.


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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