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Tech Productivity

Issue #89  (How To Take Meeting Notes) 10/26/20

It's certainly not productive to have to switch from one tool to another, but today many are trying to find alternatives to Google-based products and services in light of the many controversies surrounding the tech giant, and just due to the fact that monopolies are bad in general.

If you're looking for alternatives to a particular Google product, Josh Moore has put together degoogle.


The resource is divided into the following categories: Web-based, OSes, desktop apps, mobile apps, and hardware – with dozens of options under each.

Again, the last thing anyone wants to do is switch a major product that they use regularly. But in this case, I'm on board with anyone who wants their digital life to be less Google-centric.
Now on to this week's hand-picked productivity links!

Tools & Apps

ProgressBoard - A project management tool that works like a simple todo list helping you take a project from idea state to launch state.

TextSniper - A text recognition app for Mac. Create typed text from graphics and digital documents in seconds.

Timesheet - A small application with offline support for managing daily task work time and to evaluate total hours of work.

Hand Mirror - Mac app that's a one-click camera check right from the menu bar. Very useful if you have many weekly video meetings.

Pau - Chrome extension that lets you group favourite links in a custom new tab page, open multiple links with a single action, and includes dark mode.

CodeLobster IDE - A free cross-platform IDE for PHP, HTML, CSS, and JS development. Includes powerful PHP debugging features and autocomplete for front-end code.   promoted  

Articles & Resources

Good Sleep, Good Learning, Good Life - This is a comprehensive wiki-style resource on the benefits of getting a good night's sleep.

Brain Drain: The Mere Presence of One’s Own Smartphone Reduces Available Cognitive Capacity - Based on a study published by the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research and I'm sure you didn't need a research team to tell you this.

How To Take Meeting Notes - Vasili Shynkarenka recently started taking extensive notes as part of a memory experiment and in four weeks, he's trained himself to remember about 90-95% of everything that happens at a meeting. That makes this well worth the read.

Avoiding Burnout - From 2013, these suggestions from Andrew Dumont include morning workouts, evening walks, fiction reading, and lots more.

Remote Work After The Pandemic - Published in July and taken from a conference session on enabling remote workers.


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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