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Tech Productivity

Issue #64  (Collaborating Across Time Zones) 05/04/20

If you find certain topics on Twitter distracting, but you still want to follow certain accounts, Twitter has a feature that allows you to mute topics by keywords. You can enter exact keywords that will mute tweets containing those terms.

Twitter's muted words feature
Twitter allows you to mute Tweets that contain specific words or phrases

Interestingly, there was a related thread on Hacker News that points to a Gist containing terms you can mute that cover types of tweets, rather than tweets containing targeted words. Apparently, as that discussion brought out, this doesn't seem to work. Or at the very least, it only works if you're using Twitter's timeline view.

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

Tools & Apps

DataMask - Chrome extension. A screen capture tool that lets you quickly blur out sensitive info or otherwise edit parts of an image before you post it publicly.

Mouseless - Mac app that trains you to learn the keyboard shortcuts for various commonly-used apps.

Sametable - A simple way to manage tasks and projects on anything, and assign them to anyone, with the familiarity of a spreadsheet.

Jamm - Lightweight, spontaneous voice and video collaboration for remote teams. Includes Slack integration and is built for different time zones.

Know Your Team - All-in-one app that has tools to hold effective one-on-one meetings, get honest feedback, share progress, and build team rapport.

50% Off JavaScript for Beginners Courese by Wes Bos - All of Wes Bos's fantastic video courses are 50% off for the Master Packages during the current crisis.     promoted  

Articles & Resources

Remote Work: How Global Teams Collaborate Across Time Zones - Another in an ongoing series of articles from the GitHub blog, this time interviewing two GitHub leaders who oversee international functions.

Concentrating at Home - Some practical and timely suggestions from Jean Moroney for coping with and overcoming distractions while working at home.

4 Ways To Make Your To-Do Lists Less Overwhelming - The four suggestions are: Hide irrelevant to-dos, mark priority, divide your list, and make a daily list.

Zippia Poll: Half Of American Workers Would Rather Work From Home Forever - Take this with a grain of salt, as the study includes only about 500 participants.

Learning for a Living - Gianpiero Petriglieri argues that learning at work is work, and we should make space for it.


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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