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Tech Productivity

Issue #270  (Exercises For Those Who Sit) 04/15/24


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If your work is fairly sedentary (what tech work isn't?) you'll want to check out this X thread from a fitness account where they share 10 Exercises for those who sit a lot:
A thread on X demoing exercises for those who sit a lot

A thread on X demoing exercises for those who sit most of the day

No names for the exercises, but each post contains a short video demonstrating the technique. Seems easy enough to follow and the thread has already gained quite a bit of visibility, even though it was posted only yesterday morning from an account that's not overly-popular.

Now if all of you could promise not to show this thread to my wife (who will make me do all these exercises every day), that would be much appreciated! 😂

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


Tools & Apps

BoardMix — An innovative online, AI-powered whiteboard that enables seamless brainstorming, discussion, and collaborative creation. — A simple to do list to easily manage your personal tasks, family projects, and team’s work all in one place.

Free Your Newsletters From the Inbox — Meco is a newsletter aggregator for Gmail or Meco Mail users that allows you to move your newsletters to a space built for reading, allowing you to declutter your inbox in seconds.     sponsor  

QueryPal — An AI chatbot for Slack and MS Teams that's trained on your company documents, to help get better and faster info to your team members.

Calensync — A tool to sync Google Calendars across multiple users with support for unlimited calendars, fast sync to all users, and setup takes under a minute.

NotionPlus — A Notion widget tool, designed for those who create templates in Notion, with access to up to 1000 different Notion widgets.

Planka — An open-source Kanban board (i.e. Trello clone) for teams and workgroups to create projects, boards, lists, cards, labels, tasks, etc.

Articles & Resources

Suppressing Boredom at Work Hurts Future Productivity, Study Shows — This is according to research from the University of Notre Dame in the U.S., based on three experiments that examined the consequences of boredom on a task-to-task basis.

How to Handle All Your Tasks Effectively as a Solo Founder — If you're a solo founder or freelancer who works mostly alone, these tips might prove useful in how you help get stuff done without becoming overwhelmed.

The Morning Paper for Tech — Want a byte-sized version of Hacker News that takes just a few minutes to read? Try TLDR's free daily newsletter. It covers the most interesting tech, startup, and programming stories in just 5 minutes. No sports and no politics.     sponsor  

The Remoteness of Remote Work — From the CTO of Zerodha, a stock broker in India. A memorable summary of his team's findings: "The hard lesson we learnt is that effective, long term remote work requires specific skill sets and DNA to pull off."

Mental Health in Open Source — Some honest thoughts from full-time open-source developer Anthony Fu, who really produces a ton of open-source projects both large and small. If you've considered doing open-source exclusively, this article might help.

Declutter Your Tasks, Notes & Docs — A popular article from August of last year that discusses decluttering in the context of some of the most popular productivity tools.

11 Philosophical Razors to Simplify Your Life — If nothing else, this is a good introduction to the concept of philosophical razors, which refers to principles that can help you 'shave off' unnecessary things in your surroundings.


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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