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Tech Productivity

Issue #56  (Caffeine Boosts Problem-Solving Ability) 03/09/20

Nothing helps your productivity more than being in good health. So for this week's intro, I'm going to direct everyone to the CDC's website, which provides some simple suggestions on how to best avoid contamination from a virus outbreak. Here's the basic list of things to do (more info on the website):

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
  • Follow CDC’s recommendations for using a facemask.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
Stay healthy!
Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

Boardist - Your personal space with all the data you need: goals, records, docs, links, and more.

Mailbrew - The best way to follow your favorite topics. Pick your favorite sources, and create beautiful automated newsletters about your topic of choice.

Airlist - Outliner/To-do list app. Easily create beautiful infinitely nested lists of items using an attractive UI.

TribePulse - The discussion-powered knowledge base. Empowering teams to productively discuss, leverage internal knowledge, and make decisions at scale.

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Articles & Resources

The Coronavirus Recession and What it Means for Developers - Important thoughts from Shawn Wang, who has worked in finance and consulted with people on Wall Street for this article.

Caffeine Boosts Problem-Solving Ability but Not Creativity, Study Indicates - Study by a University of Arkansas researcher involving 80 volunteers, so this is certainly only a small sample.

Discovering the Brain’s Nightly “Rinse Cycle” - According to this article/video, restful sleep can work like a washing machine’s rinse cycle, which may help to clear the brain of toxic waste.

You Don't Know What You're Spending Your Time On Unless You Start Tracking It - Seems like a really obvious thing, but a good reminder from Alexandra Cote.

How to reduce 'attention residue' in your life - Discusses something called GYLIO (Get Your Life In Order), used in some Australian universities in recent years.


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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