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Tech Productivity

Issue #39  (The Five Hour Workday) 11/11/19

A user on Hacker News asks How did you build up your personal knowledge base? Interesting question. I generally do this through the various ways I write about my field (front-end web development). So in a way my ten years of blogging, authoring books, editing books and articles, and writing newsletter content is my personal knowledge base (though far from complete). I can't tell you how many times I've Googled to find one of my own articles!

Many of the suggestions in the thread revolve around GitHub-based knowledge repos and apps that seem a little tough to get started with.

Brainio note-taking app
One of this week's featured tools, Brainio (see links below)
But many readers expressed that it's just through basic osmosis that they retain stuff and access it mentally, rather than using an actual digital repo of information. Interesting to read the replies as well as many of the wide variety of tools available for this sort of thing. In fact, this week's tools list (below) includes a link to one that might help in this regard.

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

Tools & Apps

Centask - Chrome extension. Clear-up your Gmail inbox into a scheduled to-do list with nested emails and tasks.

ShareDrop - Peer-to-peer file transfer app that clones Apple's AirDrop with HTML5

Brainio - Mac or Windows app. Note taking combined with mind maps and collaboration features.

Ivy - iOS app. A stress-free way to get things done. Helps you complete 6 tasks daily, as opposed to having an endless to-do list.

Deepwork Today - Worried that your time is lost in unproductive meetings? Use this deepwork clock and interactive bite-sized guide to free up more time.


Articles & Resources

5-Hour Workdays? 4-Day Workweeks? Yes, Please - A German entrepreneur has gained attention since putting in place five-hour workday at his 16-person startup.

Doodling can keep you from zoning out in meetings - Multiple studies cited here telling us what many of us have known for years.

Project Management Weekly - A newsletter sharing four articles per week on project management, team leadership, risk aversion, customer management, etc. - A repository of software (SaaS, PaaS, IaaS, etc.) and other offerings that have free tiers for developers.

Why You Never See Your Friends Anymore - Judith Shulevitz on how our unpredictable and overburdened schedules are taking a toll on society. Based on an old political cliché that if you want to create the conditions for tyranny, you sever the bonds of intimacy and community.


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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