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Tech Productivity

Issue #32  (Our Brains Are Not Multi-Threaded) 09/23/19

A user on Hacker News asks: How do you keep yourself accountable?

The user makes a good point about working for ourselves vs. working for others. When doing personal projects or freelance work, we might lower our standards considerably. Sometimes this is fine, but it can have long term effects if we're not careful.

Lots of really interesting and diverse answers were posted to this one, including:

  • "Write yourself a spec."
  • "Be ruthlessly critical."

And the top answer which says, in part,

  • "I think you should find better compassion for yourself."

Lots of great suggestions in that thread and it's really interesting to read everyone's different responses to a somewhat complex issue.

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

Tools & Apps

Buzz Chronicles - Twitter bot that gives you folders for your bookmarks on Twitter.

Byte Vitae - Your highest quality developer resume in less than 5 minutes. Sync your account, choose a great looking design and download your resume. - Risk Management tool for teams to help your team identify project risks and issues.

Publisheet - Publish your Excel sheets as interactive web pages, right from within Excel and in just a few seconds. No coding required.

Frontosaur - Chrome extension for web dev/design collaboration. Discuss edits effectively without leaving the page.

Articles & Resources

Talk to People on the Telephone - Has the phone call lost its primacy in communication?

10 developer-focused Slack channels to find your next remote job or project - I don't include many "listicles" but this one might be useful to freelancers.

Our Brains Are Not Multi-Threaded - I couldn't understand this article, I was too busy clipping my nails.

Malcolm Gladwell's famous 10,000 hour rule for mastering a skill isn't holding up in new research - Not surprisingly, this new research indicates that aside from deliberate practice, differences in each person account for skill level.

Minimalist Journaling: A Fun and Effective Tool for Tremendous Habit Change - How to create your own habit dashboard that motivates you to stick to any habit.


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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