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Tech Productivity

Issue #68  (WFH Manual) 06/01/20

In this week's hand-picked links below, maybe the most interesting is the article on why some people are better at working from home than others. There's lots of good info in it based on some ideas from a psychology professor and an assistant professor of organizational behaviour (I didn't even know that was a thing!).

Office kitchen
Is your kitchen your office? If so, you might need better boundaries.
Here's one quote from the article that I think is important:

"One problem that people working from home are experiencing at the moment – both skilled remote workers and those new to telework – is a lack of boundaries. Your kitchen table might be both your desk and where you prepare dinner, which means you don’t have what’s called ‘domain specificity’ in which to calibrate behaviour."

Definitely check out the article in the links below for more on that, along with other observations that might help you if you're someone who has trouble being productive from home.

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

Tools & Apps

BestTime - Forecast how busy your business will be at any given time via a web API.

Screen Recorder - A simple and free web-based screen recorder app. Private, no watermark, no ads, and no recording limits.

SharedBox - Shared inbox and help desk built on Slack. Manage customer support and communication, send and receive emails, tweets, and direct messages in Slack.

Miro - An online collaborative whiteboard platform to bring teams together, anytime, anywhere. - Mac app. A personal knowledge base that allows you to seamlessly write and retrieve notes, code, and documentation.

Restpack - A web service that lets you generate screenshots or convert HTML to PDF via API calls.    promoted  

Articles & Resources

Working The Reverse 9 to 5 - During the pandemic, Shawn Wang has been working from 9pm to 5am (read it again!) and he explains how this has benefitted him.

Death of the Office - As the author points out, even before coronavirus struck, the 'reign of the office' was not exactly continuing on solid ground.

Why Are Some People Better At Working From Home Than Others? - Meredith Turits looks at whether productivity while working from home comes naturally for some and whether you can learn to be more productive from home.

In-Demand Tech Skills for Remote Developers, as of March 2020 - Spoiler: Learn JavaScript and React. (Related promo: Wes Bos's courses are half price right now, if you're looking to pick up a skill: JS for Beginners or React for Beginners)

Overcoming the Obstacles to Doing What Matters Most - According to Jean Moroney, there are three obstacles to doing what matters most: Confusion, temptation, and resistance.


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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