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Tech Productivity

Issue #93  (Fight the Tyranny of the Urgent) 11/23/20

There's no denying that good health leads to being more productive. One of the factors in better health is how much time we spend being sedentary (i.e. sitting for long periods of time with little to no exercise). To give you a little incentive in this area, here are some details from a group of studies published in 2013. This is a huge analysis that involved 794,577 people. Those with the highest sedentary time compared to the lowest had the following results:

  • 112% increase in diabetes
  • 147% increase in cardiovascular events
  • 90% increase in the risk of cardiovascular mortality
  • 49% increase in the risk of all-cause mortality

I'm sure you've heard of studies like this before, and there are likely others that have been published since then (e.g. see the "Similar Articles" on that page). I just happen to stumble on that one in the past week.

Tools & Apps

Notion Clone - A full-stack open source app built with React/Express that lets you edit motes like in

Supercreative Radio - Nonstop curated music for listening to while doing programming, design, or other work that requires minimal distraction. - A browser extension that turns your new tab page into a programming/developer feed for articles, news, tutorials, etc.

Mailman - Gmail plugin that shields you from unimportant emails, minimizing interruptions and making your days calmer and more productive. Works with any email client that uses Gmail.

doc2press - Write articles in Google Docs and instantly publish them to WordPress.

Get a Free .design Domain Name - A commenting platform for websites. While systems like Disqus and Facebook Comments are built to show ads and track users, Hyvor Talk focuses on privacy, customizability, and speed. It also supports Single Sign-on to connect with external user bases.   promoted  

Articles & Resources

How To Get Over ‘Never Good Enough’ - Learn to spot unhealthy perfectionism, understand its emotional sources and find a way to silence that self-critical voice.

Working From Home Means You Have to Fight the Tyranny of the Urgent - Shayon Pal discusses how to differentiate between what's urgent and what's important.

Meetings Would Go Faster If People Took the Time to Listen - Short read from 2017, but just as timely in the age of Zoom and remote work.

Building a Practically Useful Theory of Goal Setting and Task Motivation - A 35-Year Odyssey - This week's heavy article looking at 35 years of empirical research on goal-setting theory including mechanisms by which goals operate, the relation of goals and satisfaction, and more.

7 Cognitive Biases That Make Us Suck at Time Management - Our brains are hardwired to sabotage our productivity. Can we do anything about it?


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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