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Tech Productivity

Issue #35  (The Complete Guide to Deep Work) 10/14/19

I think most of us that are required to do tons of reading in our work have learned to implement some or all of the suggestions in one of this week's articles below, called "How To Read Productively To Learn Faster", by Bryan Ye (link below).

One of the good suggestions he mentions, which I've learned to do more in recent years is under the heading "Read with Your Peripheral Vision":

"The idea behind this technique is that you don’t need to read every word with your macular vision, because your peripheral vision picks up words as well. A huge benefit of this is that it allows you to read without vocalizing every word. You just need to take a glance at what speed readers call a clump."

Naturally, you wouldn't want to do this sort of thing with all reading. Just the stuff you want to more or less get a basic handle on. But it's a good suggestion to practice doing this if you're required to do a lot of reading in your everyday work.

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

Tools & Apps

Infinity - A completely flexible work management tool that lets you organize anything and build a system that adapts to your vision.

Resume Builder - A free tool that lets you create a professional resume in minutes. Offers templates, auto-proofing, PDF export, real-time collab, and more.

Gitcoin - The easiest way to monetize or incentivize open source. Find expert freelance developers to design, test, code, and build your project teams today. Save time via direct Github integration.

Blidder - Manage all your social media accounts in one place and plan, schedule, and automate the boring parts of social media quickly and easily.

Articles & Resources

Top 8 Productivity Tips for Any Developer - Mac-focused, but lots of interesting and useful tools included in each sub heading.

How To Read Productively To Learn Faster - Bryan Ye's guide for non-fiction readers who want to read productively.

The Complete Guide to Deep Work - A long read on a job skill that will never be obsolete.

The Case for Doing Nothing - I liked the sound of this one before even reading a word.

To Everyone Who Asks For ‘Just A Little’ Of Your Time: Here’s What It Costs To Say Yes - Ryan Holiday talks about his 'calendar anorexia'. Maybe not the best choice of words, but his point about 'makers' needing uninterrupted work is valid.


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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