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Tech Productivity

Issue #40  (Working From Home as a Software Engineer) 11/18/19

Twitter account for the popular community recently Tweeted some questions about hobbies and work:

  • What hobbies help get your mind off of code?
  • What about healthy hobbies (mind and body), got any tips?
  • How do you keep up with your hobbies alongside your responsibilities?
Tweet from @ThePracticalDev
Tweet from @ThePracticalDev

Lots of good suggestions in that thread that remind us of the need to make sure to keep a good work/life balance, and it looks like many are on that train.

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

Tools & Apps

Dnote - A simple personal knowledge base. Write down your lessons without distraction and get automatic reminders. Capture new knowledge and make it yours while staying focused.

SWE Careers - An engineering talent assessment platform. Helps employers make data-driven decisions by allowing candidates to demonstrate technical skills via video-recorded technical assessments.

Reverb Record - Online tool and Chrome extension for quickly sharing voice memos.

Later - The essential Slack app for remote teams. Manages timezones with special messaging features based on those timezones.

Articles & Resources

Blue spaces: why time spent near water is the secret of happiness - Coastal environments have been shown to improve our health, body and mind.

Microsoft Japan’s experiment with 3-day weekend boosts worker productivity by 40 percent - One of many companies in Japan that are trying to solve some of the underlying work productivity problems in Japan.

1,000 True Fans - 2008 article on the idea that 1,000 true customers (i.e. people who buy everything you make) is what you need to make a living.

If You Rest, You Rust? Study Finds Early Retirement May Speed Up Cognitive Decline - Based on a Binghamton University study. Certainly sounds like it makes sense based on what we know about the brain.

A Guide to Successfully Working from Home as a Software Engineer - Owen Kelly's five guidelines to succeed at working remotely.


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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