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Tech Productivity

Issue #86  (Career Burnout By Age 32) 10/05/20

One of the articles featured in the "Articles & Resources" section in this week's issue is called "The Benefits of Note-Taking by Hand". Many of you might benefit from learning to take better notes during your job, so you might find the article useful. The article also links to a video called Cornell Notes Method of Taking Notes on the Sacramento City College YouTube channel.

Cornell Notes Method of Taking Notes
Cornell Notes Method of Taking Notes
There seem to be a few complaints in the comments about this note-taking method, but I think other than the encouragement to make 'quick sketches' (not everyone is a good artist), the overall idea is very good for getting main points down and remembering them.
Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

Haystack - Remove bottlenecks, optimize process, and work better together with insights from your GitHub data.

Focus - Team management software that keeps your team connected and focused on top priorities, even when everyone is remote.

Muse - iOS app. A spatial canvas for your research notes, reading, sketches, screenshots, and bookmarks.

Pophurdle - Chrome extension. A lightweight, privacy-based popup blocker, to dodge annoying popups without giving up your sensitive data.

Jotte - A better way to journal. A take on bullet journaling that will help you manage the chaos of your days and months to keep them on track.

Articles & Resources

The New Future of Work (Podcast Episode) - Sam Harris and WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg (what a strange combination!) discuss the evolution of distributed work, benefits of working from home, and lots more.

Remote Work Exacerbating Data Sprawl - More than three-quarters of IT executives worry that data sprawl puts their data at risk, especially with employees working from insecure home networks, survey finds.

Survey: The Average Worker Experiences Career Burnout – By the Age of 32 - Based on a survey of 2,000 working adults in a study conducted by OnePoll.

The Benefits of Note-Taking by Hand - Computers and phones have become the go-to note-taking method for many. But your brain benefits from an old-fashioned pen and paper.

Lessons Learnt in Year Three as a Software Engineer - One relatively new programmer's thoughts on the early part of a career in software development.


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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