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Tech Productivity

Issue #80  (How to Overcome Phone Addiction) 08/24/20

A Hacker News reader asks: How do you switch off from work, particularly when working from home?

Certainly a relevant question for those who have only started regularly working from home in the past 5 months or so. There's lots of discussion in the thread but the top comment is interesting and somewhat humorous:

Your life is like a game. In this game, you have different stats and you must increase each stat ... If all you do is spent all your time on Work, all the other stats will be lacking and ultimately you will have a weak character. Your work may be at 99/100, but your Sleep may be 20/100, or your relationship/family may be 40/100.
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There's more to the comment and responses, but it's interesting to think of our work/life balance in that context. To be honest, it should be our natural inclination to view the balance in that way, without the game analogy. But if that works for you, then go for it.

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

Tools & Apps

Tabbs - Chrome extension that's a tab management solution with features like find, tab suspending, shortcut keys, and more.

Tweek - A weekly todo list calendar template and online planner that streamlines your mess and makes it easy to navigate.

Kinopio - A visual card-based thinking tool for building new ideas and working out problems.

GrapeVine - Team updates without the team meetings. Allows you to get asynchronous video updates from your remote teams each morning.

MeetingBar - Open source Mac tool that integrates with Google Meet and Zoom to easily notify you of your next meeting or allow you to create one quickly.

Articles & Resources

The Best Way to Exercise Self-Control is Not to Exercise it at All - Encourages a more strategic approach to avoiding temptation, viewing self-control as a muscle that can be weakened.

70% of Surveyed Americans Say: We Can’t Do Our Jobs Without a Home Internet Connection - Based on a poll of 950 people and this includes about a 7.7% increase during the recent pandemic.

How to Overcome Phone Addiction [Solutions + Research] - A well-researched post on what phone addiction is, indicators of it, and 9 suggestions on fixing the problem.

Advice for a Sustainable Desk-Bound Creative Career - Five tips, from cartoonist Kriota Willberg’s book, Draw Stronger, to prevent injury and strain while creating work.

Dorking (How To Find Anything On The Internet) - A bunch of suggestions that take advantage of Google's advanced search features, some of which you may not have been aware of.


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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