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Tech Productivity

Issue #76  (How To Finish Your Side Project) 07/27/20

A short time ago I came across this post by Philipp Uhl that has a small collection of bookmarklets that you might find useful.


If you're into making your browsing workspace more productive, then I highly recommend you get familiar with how to write your own bookmarklets to suit your own needs, which he discusses briefly, but here's the list of the ones in Philipp's post:
  • Remove Sticky - Removes all sticky elements from the page.
  • Scroll Better with the Space-Bar - Removes sticky content and adds a red indicator-line that shows where the bottom of the page was when you pressed space to scroll.
  • Better Live Stream Chat in YouTube Cinema-mode - Arranges the video and the chat side by side.
  • Faster, Slower, Reset - Three bookmarklets to adjust the speed and playback of embedded HTML5 videos
  • Speedread - Select text on a page and it will be displayed word by word (which is a speed reading technique that's been popular for a few years now).
  • and Wayback Machine - Two bookmarklets to make it trivial to look up something on and

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

Tools & Apps

Tasks - An open source clone of an app called Astrid, a popular cross-platform to-do list, which was discontinued back in 2013. - A nested Kanban board for creative teams. Create spaces,  projects, boards, and nested cards. Also includes time tracking and project planning, scheduling todos, and a calendar feature.

Linear - The issue tracking tool you'll enjoy using. Helps streamline software projects, sprints, tasks, and bug tracking, and built for high-performance teams.

Swipebox - A personal PDF library. Service that lets you export websites into PDFs and store old PDFs, in your own personal library, saving them forever even offline and when the original is no longer there.

Project Loft - An email task list for your clients. Project management with beautiful update emails to keep your clients on track and projects on schedule.

Breakpoints and `console.log` is the Past, Time Travel is the Future - Wallaby.js is a developer productivity tool that runs your JavaScript and TypeScript tests immediately as you type, showing results in your editor right next to your code. Key features include time-travel debugger, test story viewer and code coverage explorer.   promoted  

Articles & Resources

3 Tricks Ernest Hemingway Used To Avoid Procrastinating - A look at one famous writer's habits and advice on writing.

Microsoft Analyzed Data on its Newly Remote Workforce - An experiment to measure how the work patterns across remote workers at Microsoft were changing.

Tired Of Note-Taking Apps - Akkshaya Varkhedi has decided that simply writing things down is the best way to take notes.

Sleepy America: 60% Of Adults Say They’re More Tired Than Ever Before - Nearly two-thirds of Americans believe their sleep routine is permanently ruined thanks to lifestyle changes from the pandemic.

How To Finish Your Side Project - Hugo Zapata explains some of the actions he's taken and adjustments he's made to overcome the struggles of finishing stuff that often isn't priority.


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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