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Tech Productivity

Issue #29  (Amateurs vs. Professionals) 09/02/19

I Can't believe I didn't know about this little trick pointed out by David Walsh on TwitterYou can shift-click to select multiple tabs in Chrome or Firefox (doesn't work in Edge, the only other browser I tried).

Shift-clicking to select multiple tabs in Chrome
Shift-clicking to select multiple tabs in Chrome

In the screenshot above, there are five tabs "selected" using shift-click. You can see how they differ from the non-selected ones because they're all given the foreground non-shaded look that's normally reserved for the current tab.

This allows you to do batch operations like duplicate, pin, or even (as David pointed out) mute multiple tabs at once.

This is probably not something you'll use often, but it's good to know, especially for those of us who often have dozens of tabs open in a single browser window.

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

Tools & Apps

Archbee - Ultra-Fast Wiki for your team's knowledge, documentation, playbooks, onboarding, meeting minutes, and product docs.

Runsheet - Real-time task scheduler and tracker for time sensitive projects. (Install via Go)

Zepel - A project management tool for software teams to plan backlogs, track progress across teams, and ship quality software.

Lunch Money - A budgeting tool to help you calculate, organize, and anticipate your recurring expenses, which changes according to your habits in spending.

Consider - An email client designed to enable focus and flow, which now has a "Groups" feature to let you search, link, browse, and respond to all public email in your company.

Articles & Resources

What we get wrong about meetings – and how to make them worth attending - Tim Harford says what we all want to say about good meetings and bad meetings.

Productivity and the Workweek - A 19-year old article Erik Rauch that examined how increased productivity could be used to reduce working hours and keep living standards the same.

Consume less, create more - Seeing a woman doing a charcoal sketch on the bus gave this author an epiphany.

The Difference Between Amateurs and Professionals - Not so much an article, but a bullet list of what the difference is between the two. Somewhat obvious, but helpful to see it all together like this.

Prioritizing - Sarah Drasner's take on how to figure out which tasks to work on first or, maybe more importantly, which tasks to work on at all.


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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