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Tech Productivity

Issue #25  (Habits vs. Goals) 08/05/19

If working in tech and eating well has become a hard combination for you, you might benefit from the following Hacker News thread where the question is asked How do you control your diet while working at a tech company?

While there are a few unique bits of advice in there, I think most of what's discussed is fairly common health and eating advice. But regardless of the run-of-the-mill nature of the discussion, I think the reminders are good for anyone working at a desk job where diet and health are often much less prioritized compared to the work being done.

So check that out if you're looking for a healthy eating primer. (Of course, none of that should be taken as medical advice; see a medical professional before considering any major changes to health or diet.)

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

Tools & Apps

TLDR This - Chrome or Firefox extension, or use the online tool. Automatically summarize any article, text, document, web page, or essay in a click.

FileFern - Never search for file attachments again. Securely organizes and manages your email attachments. Available anytime, anywhere.

Effortless - Mac menu bar app that helps you stay focused on one thing at a time. It allows you to create a simple plain text to-do list and shows the task you're currently working on your menu bar.

Popup Tab Switcher - Chrome extension that makes switching between tabs more convenient. Shows you a popup with recent active tabs when you press its shortcut (Alt + Y by default).

Free Time - A quick online tool to calculate and visualize 'free time' based on the selection of criteria.

Articles & Resources

Supervisors Driven By Bottom Line Fail To Get Top Performance From Employees, Baylor Study Says - The paradox of caring too much about the monetary result ends up in a worse monetary result.

What I Do When it Feels Like My Work Isn’t Good Enough - Advice from James Clear on something I think we all face at times.

Your Network Determines Success More than You Realize - Dave Lu's warning not to underestimate the value of networking.

Habits vs. Goals: A Look at the Benefits of a Systematic Approach to Life - Something I haven't thought of before. The idea is to switch from focusing on achieving goals to creating positive long-term habits, which stay with you for life.

Defining Productivity - Aimed at web developers who tend to choose heavy frameworks that improve their personal productivity but might negatively affect the user experience.


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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