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Issue #63  (Flow State) 04/27/20

I'm sure you've heard the phrase "being in the zone" before. It's something people say when someone is being extremely productive in some field of work or sometimes in sport. Today I learned there's a term in psychology used to describe the same basic concept: Flow state.

That Wikipedia entry is pretty extensive and it includes a section called "In the workplace", that provides three suggestions (from the one who coined the term) on how to achieve "flow" or "being in the zone":

  • Goals are clear
  • Feedback is immediate
  • A balance exists between opportunity and capacity
There's much more in the article, so if you're interested in that area of psychology and how it can apply to work and productivity, it's certainly worth a read.
In the zone
Flow state is a psychological term for "being in the zone".

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

Tools & Apps

Supernotes - Your new home for ideas, records, tasks, and lists. Enjoy efficient note-taking without the hassle.

Backburner - Chrome extension that lets you bookmark a page by taking a screenshot of the relevant part.

Yac - Voice messaging for remote teams. Built for focus and deep work. Answer on your own time and don't get distracted by switching tabs or windows.

Quill - Messaging for groups and teams that stay focused. Smart threads, fewer notifications, and works with SMS.

Timing - A time tracking app for Mac that works automatically. No start/stop, just continue focusing on your work while it records your time automatically, then review your time when it's convenient.

AnnounceKit - A beautifully designed changelog service that lets you add a newsfeed to your app, powered with in-app notification widgets, email notifications, and feedback collection.   promoted  

Articles & Resources

Inbox Zero - Here’s how the most productive people manage their inbox. A collection of tips, apps, and workflows.

1 Simple Technique to Avoid Feeling Overwhelmed and Focus Better - A look at some of the things that can cause an overwhelming feeling, followed by the one tip, which is to create a temporary short to-do list.

Unexpected Benefits of Asynchronous Remote Work - A short read on some of the not-so-obvious boons to the current remote work craze we've been forced into.

Tips for Running Virtual Meetups and Events - Some suggestions for another area that we've been forced into in the current climate.

Rocks, Pebbles, Sand - A post from 2011 that explains the rocks, pebbles, sand story and how it relates to our capacity for handling tasks.


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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