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Issue #255  (Best Practices for Working Remotely) 01/01/24


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I hope everyone is having (or had) some happy and healthy down time during this holiday season. I'll be back with brand new content in next week's issue, but this week I'm featuring the most popular productivity apps and articles in this newsletter over the past 12 months.

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You might also notice that the newsletter layout has a few minor changes and (hopefully) improvements. I've made the layout wider, provided more visibility for the top ad spot, and slightly increased the font size. I hope you enjoy it. If you notice any problems with the layout in your email client, please feel free to hit reply and let me know!

Now enjoy the most-clicked productivity links of 2023!


Top Productivity Apps of 2023

Dashy — This was the top-clicked tool in this newsletter in 2023. It's an open-source, highly customizable, easy-to-use, privacy-friendly dashboard app to build the perfect dashboard with status checks, keyboard shortcuts, dynamic widgets, and more. — I've featured a lot of task-based apps in the past year. This one is a single place to focus on your daily tasks and includes a keyboard-friendly Pomodoro timer, to-dos, background sounds, and optional dark mode.

Duck — This is the only note-taking app to make the list. It's free and is a little different from other note-taking apps, providing chat-based features, not for collaboration, but for your writing, thinking, and recording.

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focus.txt — A simple, text-based, and short-lived daily planner that allows you to use live variables for date, time, check, and quote (the latter of which will auto-insert an inspiring quotation).

Reactive Resume — Resume tools always seem to do well. This is a free and open-source resume builder that makes the mundane tasks of creating, updating, and sharing your resume easy, with no tracking or ads, and enables you to import data from LinkedIn.

Merlin — I've included a good amount of ChatGPT tools over the past year, and this was the most popular one. It's a Chrome extension that adds ChatGPT to all websites you visit, to instantly translate and summarize text, speed up social media replies, help with quick email replies, get code explanations, and more.

Top Productivity Articles of 2023

The Productivity Apps I Use in 2023 — This was by far the most-clicked article in this newsletter over the past year. It's from Cassidy Williams, who writes a great weekly newsletter for developers, and covers the tools that keep her productive.

11 Best Practices for Working Remotely — Remote work continued to be a hot topic in 2023, and that will continue in 2024. This one is not just a simple list, but includes lots of discussion on each point that I'm sure you'll benefit from on you remote team.

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101 Productive Things to Do When You’re Bored — Does this mean a lot of my readers are bored? Maybe not but this goes beyond just a list, so there's lots to take in here if you're looking for down-time inspiration.

10 Strange, But Proven, Tricks to Help You Focus When Working From Home — Another hot article related to working remotely. This includes some common suggestions you've likely heard before along with others that are somewhat unorthodox, so you might find something here that you haven't tried.

6 Things the Most Productive People Do Every Day — This was a bit of an unorthodox one, but provides an interesting perspective. It's based on lessons we can learn from how monks from the early middle ages were productive.

4 Mental Traps That Kill Productivity — And finally, this is a really good list of traps that you may not have considered before, but there are also practical suggestions for overcoming them, so it's well worth a read.


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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