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Issue #85  (Cancelling Standups for Productivity) 09/28/20

Now that remote work is on the rise, one thing that's going to be ever necessary is the ability to easily and reliably send large files (e.g. larger than 5GB). Usefully, a Hacker News reader asked about this: What is your favorite method of sending large files?

Some of the answers:

  • BitTorrent
  • Rsync
  • Google Drive with an inexpensive paid account
  • USB stick via physical mail
  • A Python app called Magic-Wormhole
A USB Stick
For some, mailing a USB stick is the most efficient way to send large files.
There's lots of discussion about the above methods and a number of other apps that can do this sort of thing, so I'm sure you'll find the thread interesting if this is a need in your workplace.
Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps - Capture the most important takeaways from any YouTube video by taking time-stamped notes. Share them, access them from anywhere, and keep coming back to build your own information library.

Polls for WhatsApp - An online app to create polls for WhatsApp with up to 4 options and a specified duration.

Undesk - All-in-one project management and collaboration software. Includes features for tasks, team chat, file sharing, and more.

Vimac - Mac app that claims to 'revolutionize' how you navigate, replacing trackpad/mouse actions with keyboard shortcuts.

1Do.Today - A different take on the "to-do" list. This app sharpens your daily focus by letting you define the one most important thing you want to do each day.

Articles & Resources

We Cancelled Standups and Let The Team Build. Here’s What Happened... - The Haystack team made some changes that apparently had immediate positive effects on their team's productivity.

Productivity: Working Towards A Summary Of What We Know - From 2017, a comprehensive guide to being productive by Adam Zerner.

How To Say No, For The People Pleaser Who Always Says Yes - Meghan Keane discusses an important factor in our overall productivity – our need to please others.

Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity - A bit of a "duh" moment from the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, but a good reminder because we all suffer from this even though we know it harms our productivity.

Data Shows Remote Work Really Does Mean Longer Days – And More Meetings - Based on a study by the National Bureau of Economic Research.


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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