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Issue #74  (Two Things Killing Your Focus) 07/13/20

Due to the current world situation, I'm sure many of you have some extra spare time nowadays outside of work. If that's the case and you'd like to consider some nonwork-related reading material, here's an interesting Hacker News thread you might want to check out:

Ask HN: Mind bending books to read and never be the same as before?

Books on a shelf

The comments provide lots of ideas for strange, quirky, and mysterious book ideas including ones that involve mind games, plot twists, and so forth. With 700+ comments, I'm sure you'll find at least one or two items you can add to your not-so-formal reading list for the next few months.

Of course, I can't vouch for all the material discussed in the thread; some may contain language or other material some might find offensive, so do your own research before committing, if that's something you're concerned about.


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

Tools & Apps

Mimestream - A native Gmail client for macOS that combines your favorite Gmail features with the power of a native macOS app so you can move through your email effortlessly.

Journify - An encrypted voice-notes app for Android and iOS to record audio notes, record memories, or keep track of your ideas.

Zettlr - A slim, fast, and versatile modern Markdown editor available on just about any platform.

Sidequest - A personal ticket system that lives 100% inside Slack via task inboxes  – one for each workspace member, and as many channel-based ones on top as you like.

Maccy - Open source clipboard manager for macOS that does one job - keep your copy history at hand.

The Most Powerful CI/CD Tool - Automate your development process quickly, safely, and at scale.   promoted  

Articles & Resources

The Automation of Note-Taking and the Just-In-Time Future of Work - Is it too much work to open a note-taking app and add an entry? Tiago Forte discusses how he automated his note-taking.

The Two Things Killing Your Ability to Focus - From 2016, a look at how electronic distractions and relying excessively on meetings as the default form of interaction are destroying our ability to focus.

Digital Hygiene 101: Take Control Over Your Feeds to Regain Mindfulness - A brief list of 7 rules to help you retain control over your screen time, ordered from most important to least important, without having to leave social media for good.

The Benefits of Frequent Finishing Points - Jean Moroney suggests that, in order to increase productivity, you should deliberately plan to reach a finishing point in your work every half hour.

10 Reading Habits That Changed My Life - Manjot Pahwa reads a lot, so these suggestions might be worth a look.


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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