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Issue #26  (The Best Office Chair for Home) 08/12/19

One Hacker News reader asks what is the best office chair for home office work? Some interesting responses, including:

"I'll go against the conventional wisdom and stress on not trusting recommendations; instead, test chairs on your [own] as much as you can."

Also, this is one factor I never considered before:

"One of the under appreciated aspects of chair buying, in my opinion of course, is what you weigh. Generally the materials and construction which expect to flex and conform do so within a set of limits that the chair designer had but may not have put into the spec. You can both be too light for a chair and too heavy."

Lots more discussion in the thread so it should be a valuable read if you're considering a new office chair soon.

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

Tools & Apps

Maesure - Asks every 10 minutes what you're doing so you can see where your time goes, get more things done, make better decisions, etc.

ISO Notes - An affordable and flexible way to create notes for everyday life. Bulk note management, file storage, and document editors.

CC:support@all - Keeps your team's Gmail inboxes in sync.

Payout.Team - Pay contractors globally with just their emails. Combine invoicing and payroll into one step.

Lazy Invoice - A simple tool for generating a PDF invoice for a single product or service. Just fill out the form and see the PDF update as you go.

Articles & Resources

All the best engineering advice I stole from non-technical people - Marianne Bellotti reveals that the best advice can often come from people who have no background in software.

12 Things You Didn’t Plan for When You Started Hiring Remote Employees - Lots of in-depth suggestions here, including an intro on the growth of remote work.

How the American Work Day Changed in 15 Years - The American Time Use Survey interviews thousands of people every year for a sense of how they spend their hours.

Mental Models Box - A collection of mental models useful in everyday life.

A Learning Secret: Don't Take Notes with a Laptop - Although you can take more notes with a laptop, new research demonstrates that those who write out their notes on paper actually learn more.


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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