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Tech Productivity

Issue #233  (Generative AI for Productivity) 07/31/23

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I've often included ads and affiliate links in my newsletters for some of the popular daily newsletters that many seem to enjoy nowadays. One of those is called Morning Brew, which I'm sure most of you have heard of. I link to it below, so feel free to use that link to subscribe and I'll get a small cut if you do.

One of the reasons these kinds of newsletters are popular, and why many similar dailies have popped up in recent years, is that it's a short email sent out at the same time every day. This is a nice feeling when you can rely on something and then check it off your list, so to speak (or your inbox in this case).
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I think people enjoy this and they feel it doesn't impede on their workday or their overall workflow. And of course any email is delete-key friendly, so you don't even have to open each issue, depending on your current schedule.

I think another reason these emails are popular is the fact that they make you feel like you're being productive, even if you're not. You get 'informed' on news and other goings-on in the world in just a few minutes – and then you can get back to your work.

Have you tried one of these daily newsletters yourself? I personally have never subscribed to one because I'm usually way too busy with other tech-related emails and don't care much for non-tech stuff (at least not with email). But I'm sure many of you enjoy them and don't find they hinder your day. In fact, something like Morning Brew is easy to associate with your morning coffee, so it has a near-perfect business model that ties into something people are already doing – drinking their morning coffee!

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


Tools & Apps

Circleback — A secure AI-driven meeting notes and action items app, so you don't miss any important details during a meeting, compatible with Teams, Zoom, Google Meet, WebEx, and more.

GetnSend — Share an email address or other text-based message over a voice phone call easily by entering the message then getting a PIN to send to the recipient to receive the message.

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Chivvy — An AI-powered anti-procrastination habit tracker for iOS and Android that calls out your shortcomings by sending you practical reminders to make sure you are on time with your tasks, assignments, goals, etc.

Hyperfocused — A Mac app that helps you optimize your OS's window layout so you can create your ideal workspace, with support for Apple Shortcuts and Webhooks.

Collabwriting — Chrome extension for teams that helps you find, share, and collaborate on notes and highlights on any web page.

Nuelink — An app to help you plan, automate, manage, and schedule your social media content from a single place.

Articles & Resources

Is ‘Flow’ the Secret to Painless Productivity? — The author has found that creating the conditions to get to a flow state has been an impactful way to conquer burnout and increase productivity and creativity.

Work Less, Live More: Is It Time to End the Five-Day Week? — A comprehensive look at the author's personal experience with working fewer hours and how research shows that this can be far more productive.

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  

The Mindset You Need to Succeed at Every Goal — Boosting your ‘metacognition’ helps you reach goals more easily. All it takes is developing a strategic mindset – something anyone can do.

Collaboration Is a Key Skill. So Why Aren’t We Teaching It? — New research finds that despite the importance of collaboration, most organizations fall short when it comes to helping workers build their relationship skills.

Will Generative AI Make You More Productive at Work? Yes, But Only If You’re Not Already Great at Your Job. — This particular article is based on study results from adding an AI assistant to help workers at a call center, so the results may differ in other fields.

This 1-Minute Practice Can Help You ‘Break Up With Your Phone,’ Says Author Who Wrote the Book on it — Includes some interesting facts on how often we use our phones today and the effect they have. The solution the author gives is based on making a concerted effort to slow down and be more mindful when you have the urge to check your phone.


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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