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Issue #45  (An Effortless Way to Improve Your Memory) 12/23/19

I always like articles that talk about improving memory. Of course, it's hard to look up stuff like that without being bombarded by all sorts of spammy sites and questionable products. But this week's list of articles features a 2018 BBC article that offers some useful insight into how you can improve your ability to remember things.

The opening paragraph says:

"When trying to memorise new material, it’s easy to assume that the more work you put in, the better you will perform. Yet taking the occasional down time – to do literally nothing – may be exactly what you need. Just dim the lights, sit back, and enjoy 10-15 minutes of quiet contemplation, and you’ll find that your memory of the facts you have just learnt is far better than if you had attempted to use that moment more productively."

Man thinking on a mountain
Quiet time after learning can improve memory
The article is somewhat lengthy, but worth a read, as it delves into some of the research that has been done in this area, even going back to the year 1900 when this subject was examined by German psychologist Georg Elias Muller. The full article link is below in the Articles & Resources section.

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

Tools & Apps

Prod - Chrome and Firefox extension. A thoughtful to-do list that blocks websites you waste time on and unblocks them once you've finished your to-do list.

Timely - Accurate time tracking without effort. Find time sinks, balance workloads, and get a detailed record of work done across the organization. All without the hassle of manual time sheet creation.

Hide Likes - Chrome and Firefox extension that hides likes, thumbs-up, etc. on various social media. I'm not sure how beneficial this is, but it's an option if you think it makes your online experience better.

CannonVoice - Create and send invoices with ease. The fastest way to send PDF invoices over email.

Twinkle Notes - A note taking app designed for you to grow a private and personal knowledge base, with end-to-end encrypted syncing, sharing, and messaging.

Articles & Resources

Finding Focus - Free online book (email required, 5 chapters). Learn how to keep your team connected while keeping laser-focused on getting things done.

How to Make Remote a Success - Cédric Fabianski offers lots of good suggestions on succeeding at distributed work.

An effortless way to improve your memory - From 2018, the premise here suggests that quiet rest after learning something is more valuable than keeping the mind busy immediately afterwards.

How Books and Television Affect Your Brain Differently, According to Science - A well-researched piece by Melissa Chu, who discusses multiple studies to show how the mind is affected by different forms of media.

The Secret of Employee Engagement - Leonardo Fed draws some conclusions based on prevailing wisdom on motivating and retaining employees.


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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