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Issue #51  (You Suck At Excel) 02/03/20

If you feel like your Excel skills are lacking, you definitely want to check out You Suck at Excel with Joel Spolsky. Joel is a giant of the software industry, having helped build not only Excel, but also Stack Overflow, Glitch, Trello, and lots more.

You Suck at Excel with Joel Sposky
You Suck at Excel with Joel Sposky (54:00)
Only nine minutes into the video (which is 54 minutes total) I had already learned a number of things I didn't know about Excel, and things get a lot more advanced after that. So if you find your Excel skills are lacking and in need of a boost, this is the video to watch.

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

Tools & Apps

Shipped - An issue tracking system built on top of Slack where every issue is a thread teams can discuss on and get more done faster.

Screenshot Hero - iOS app that scans through your screenshots (and other saved photos) and makes then instantly searchable by text in them.

AnonAddy - Anonymous email forwarding. Create unlimited email aliases for free. - To-do list, tasks, project management, and team communication software. A modern work management solution as simple as Trello and as agile as Jira.

The New Tab Page You’ll Actually Use - The minimal new tab page you’ll actually use. Chrome and Firefox extensions available.     promoted  

Articles & Resources

Rediscovering the Lost Power of Reading Aloud - Mostly a history lesson on how ancients read aloud, but I agree with the implication here on the benefits of this.

Why procrastination is about managing emotions, not time - Christian Jarrett advises that we address the real reasons we procrastinate in order to start achieving our goals.

How can we create a workforce full of lifelong learners? - Great quote from the article: "The people who will flourish in this new world are those who can a) learn to learn, b) learn to unlearn, and c) learn to relearn." Agreed!

How Tracking My Excuses Helped Me Stop Making Them - Leigh Stein used a spreadsheet to track her progress writing a novel. The most important column was the one that tracked her excuses for not writing that day.

What Happens to Your Body on No Sleep - In short, nothing good—and just one bad night can trigger a cascade of scary side effects.


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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