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Issue #246  (Proof You Can Do Hard Things) 10/30/23

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About a month ago, the Adobe Communications Team released the results of a study that explored "the career motivations and workplace expectations of Generation Z", which they say is "the generation poised to transform the post-pandemic workforce."

Oddly, I don't see any link on the page to the detailed study results but they do provide a decent summary of the findings. Their methodology is explained as follows:
"Adobe collaborated with Advanis to collect 1,011 responses from U.S. Gen Z (those who are born between 1997 and 2012) who have been working full-time for a medium to large-sized company (750 employees or more) for up to three years. Data was collected from an online sample panel in early September 2023."
Generation Z Workforce

The article's main headings provide the main points, which are:

  • Gen Z is cautiously approaching generative AI use in the workplace
  • Gen Z aspires to do meaningful work and will speak up
  • Gen Z is hungry for mentorship and development
  • Value-driven employee experience tops Gen Z's workplace wish list
Each heading expands further on each of those points, while not being too lengthy. So it's a good concise summary if you're looking for some insight into the younger working class and possibly what the future holds.

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


Tools & Apps

Pushbullet — A web and mobile app that helps unify all your devices, synching text messages, notifications, chat, file transfers, and more, across desktop and mobile.

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Pile — A privacy-friendly, open-source journaling app for Mac, centered around personal reflection and thought development and integrates with AI.

BrainStory — Brainstorm with a virtual coach anything from blog posts, to project ideas, to personal bios, and more, like "rubber duck debugging" as a service, with features to allow feedback from others.

Kagi — A fast, ad-free, quality-first search engine without personalized results or unwanted tracking. First 100 searches are free.

Invoice Dragon — An open-source, lightning-fast application that simplifies the process of generating professional invoices and receipts for your business needs.

Frame — A unified suite of productivity apps built for teams that's fast, minimalist, and collaborative, bringing together all your tasks, wikis, whiteboard, goals, notes, and more.

Articles & Resources

Make Better Use of Your Days"We can compare the relationship between our days and our lives to the relationship between a brick and a building: one can use bricks to create an ordinary dwelling or to create an awe-inspiring castle."

RTO vs WFH: My Default Recommendations for Remote vs Colocated Teams — Thoughts from Jacob Kaplan-Moss, co-creator of Django, on returning to office and remote work, keeping in mind that Jacob has worked on remote-first teams for 15+ years.

Where the Smart Money Thrives, No Matter the Economic Forecast — The address for the hottest ticket in town? WebStreet. They match accredited investors with portfolio managers specializing in cash-flowing online businesses in areas like Micro-Saas and Amazon FBA.    sponsor  

To Improve as an Engineer, Get Better at Requesting (and Receiving) Feedback — It’s easy to ask for, and even want, feedback in a sort of theoretical sense. But soliciting and responding to feedback are, themselves skills.

Apple Was Launched By a Pair of Procrastinators 40 Years Ago – Here's How That Helped Make the Tech Giant Become So Successful — 2016 article that makes the argument that procrastination may be a boon to creativity in the long run.

Proof You Can Do Hard Things — A good answer to those (often students) who say "When will I ever need this?" when learning complex things in school like calculus.

How You Can Use Zoning Out to Your Advantage — An unusual argument in favour of zoning out in order to be more productive, provided it's controlled and well-understood according to your own circumstances and workload.


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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