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Issue #8  (How To Ask for a Raise) 04/08/19

A reader on Hacker News asked the question How do I ask for a raise? It's worth reading the whole thread if this is something you've found challenging, but here are some interesting answers:

"By far the best way to get a raise is to find a new job that you think you will like as much or more than your current job and take it."

"Gather evidence FOR paying you more... Gather evidence AGAINST paying you more, and prepare to refute it."

"Rather than stating that you have another offer, you can research what people in your field are making. When I asked for a raise, I put together charts and graphs of what people are making in the industry in order to justify the raise."

I like that last bit of advice, and it should work well as long as your boss isn't Michael Scott.

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

Tools & Apps

Simplify Gmail - A Chrome extension that brings the simplicity of Google Inbox to Gmail. Created by a former lead design at Google who worked on the now defunct Inbox.

Mailist App - Chrome extension or web app. Stop forgetting about the bookmarks you saved. Once a week receive a newsletter built from your saved bookmarks.

Taskade - A simple and flexible tool to have team tasks, notes, and communication all in one place.

Clean My Feed - Let's you go through the list of Twitter accounts you follow, showing you a few of their most recent tweets, and you can decide whether you still want to follow them.

Articles & Resources

Everything I know about freelancing - Software consultant Andy Adams' extensive discussion of the pain, success, and failure he's experienced as a freelancer for the past seven years.

How To Organize Files In A Design Agency - Alex from Clay goes beyond the superficialities of Dribbble shots to give some behind-the-scenes advice.

Inverse Live Coding: A practice for learning web development - A way to teach web development that avoids long lectures of live coding that are hard to follow.

Checklist Design - A categorized collection of the best UX and UI practices that works as a nice quick reference when designing specific areas of a site or app.


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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