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Issue #52  (Science-based Methods to Improve Memory) 02/10/20

A user on Hacker News asks: What change in your programming technique has been most transformative?

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What change in your programming technique has been most transformative?
If you're in software or web development, you'll find the varying suggestions interesting. Here's a sample:
  • Programming in a team and accepting that it is not 'my' code but 'our' code.
  • Automated testing and a functional programming mindset.
  • It's okay to be messy.
  • Learning different programming paradigms.
  • Using REPLs as a tool or a principle
  • Starting to write automated testing as code is written
Each of those is explained much more in the respective threads, so check that out if you want to pick up something new to add to your development mindset.
Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

WebCull - Store your bookmarks online from any browser or device. Based on a privacy-focused, ad-free platform.

Jotter - A helpful little notepad (with optional dark mode) that saves your notes offline, automatically as you type.

Timy - Send scheduled messages in Slack.

Float - Visually plan your team's time and projects all in one place. Provides a bird's-eye view of your team's workload and have fewer meetings.

Meetbox - A simple online app to create, collaborate on, and share agendas for your meetings. Use the same agenda to assign tasks, take notes, etc.

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

Science-based methods to improve your memory - Sounds like click-bait, but I think this is a decent set of suggestions for memory improvement.

3 tricks to start working despite not feeling like it - Read on for more breakdown, but the suggestions are: Just do it, start sloppy, and start small.

Take Your Motivational Pulse by Identifying the Mmmm and Stress Factors - Jean Moroney discusses activating the "Mmmm" factor and disarming the stress factor in order to feel effortlessly motivated to do a task.

Work is a Queue of Queues - Andrew Montalenti with a long-ish read where he uses an interesting analogy from computer science to help you keep up with tasks at work.

A Simple Productivity Secret People Never Talk About - The "secret" is that you can't manage time. Nonetheless, though opinionated, there are some good suggestions in here.


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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