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Tech Productivity

Issue #34  (The Importance of Unlearning) 10/07/19

You'll notice I often link to Medium articles in the "Articles & Resources" section of this newsletter. I don't like Medium. It makes all articles look the same and their comment section UX is a nightmare. They also only allow you to view a certain number of articles per month.

If you'd like to get around their soft paywall, it's pretty easy: Just open the article in incognito or private mode. You might still be greeted with a popup or banner encouraging you to become a paid user, and you won't be logged in (it might give you another set of articles before hitting the wall while logged in via private mode), but this is one way to get around it.

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

Tools & Apps

Memos - iOS app. A private search engine for your photos and screenshots.

CCTime - Simple, unobtrusive time tracking utility for Windows.

Komplish - iOS and Android todo app that automatically builds a professional profile of your skills and accomplishments from your completed tasks.

Firefly III - Open source personal finance manager that's self-hosted using the LAMP, LEMP or WAMP stack and requires PHP 7.2.

My Saves - A clean, organized online app to view your Reddit saves (requires time-limited permission via your Reddit account).

Articles & Resources

Avoid Working Alone - A great brief piece of advice for those starting work in a relatively new field.

The Importance of Unlearning - With so many emerging technologies, 'unlearning' might be a good strategy to recognize that problems have more than one solution.

Announcing your plans makes you less motivated to accomplish them - From 2009, but an interesting read based on studies done since 1933.

Do You Really Need Another Computer Monitor? - Angela Lashbrook with another well-researched perspective on the single vs. multi-monitor setup.

Get your work recognized: write a brag document - Great idea, but don't let it go to your head! Julia Evans encourages writing a document listing your accomplishments, which you can use to get a job, promotion, raise, etc.


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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