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Tech Productivity

Issue #48  (The Power of Small Wins) 01/13/20

I've featured knowledge base tools multiple times in this newsletter and at one point I stumbled upon a Wikipedia article on something called a Commonplace book. According to the article, these types of books have been kept by people since Greek and Roman times (about the 2nd Century), and the idea is very similar to what people do today when compiling knowledge bases with modern technology.

By the seventeenth century, the practice of keeping a commonplace book had become so recognized that it was formally taught to college students in schools like Oxford.

17th Century Commonplace book
A 17th Century Commonplace book
It's certainly interesting to see how many of the things we attempt to do today really aren't that different from the things people did centuries ago. We've just got fancier tools to do them!

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

Tools & Apps

HN Replies - Get an email notification when someone replies to one of your comments on Hacker News.

Slab - A knowledge hub for the modern workplace that helps teams unlock their full potential through shared learning and documentation.

Slick Inbox - Read newsletters on mobile (iOS/Android) using a clean, simple UI, with optional dark mode. Currently in Beta.

TweetDelete - Delete tweets from your Twitter feed in bulk to protect your privacy or make a fresh start.

Comeet - A simple tool that allows everyone involved to have a voice on the quality of team meetings, making meetings better, collaborative, focused, and actionable.

Articles & Resources

How to work better and faster – listen to the same song on repeat all day long - Sounds a bit controversial but there's actually some method to this madness.

How to Stop Slack From Taking Over Your Life - Slack is a useful tool – until its pings and notifications turn ever-present and irritating. Here’s how to take back control.

The Power of Small Wins - According to the authors, of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the most important is making progress in meaningful work.

Every productivity thought I've ever had, as concisely as possible - Alexey Guzey went through years of private notes and everything he published on productivity and summarized it in this 2018 post.

Burnout - Slack engineer Johnny Rodgers on how he was affected by 14-hour workdays and a lack of sleep. His conclusion offers some practical tips on avoiding burnout.


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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