The hottest Productivity Substack posts right now

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Culture Study • 2090 implied HN points • 23 Feb 24
  1. Emails, texts, and messaging apps can make us worse at maintaining deep friendships by offering false comforts and distractions that replace meaningful connections.
  2. Efficiency in emails and texts is important, but it's crucial not to let these tools take over our lives and prevent us from engaging in activities we truly value like hanging out with friends or pursuing hobbies.
  3. The goal is to communicate in more present and meaningful ways, where our attention isn't constantly divided. Finding a balance between digital communication and real-life interactions is key.
High Growth Engineer • 1319 implied HN points • 18 Feb 24
  1. Planning is crucial to avoid feeling unproductive and getting pulled in different directions throughout the day.
  2. By planning your day, you focus on what's important and maintain control over your daily tasks.
  3. Even a simple daily plan of one main goal can significantly improve your productivity and time management.
Bite code! • 2568 implied HN points • 04 Feb 24
  1. TDD can make your code more flexible, reliable, and less error-prone by focusing on testing upfront.
  2. TDD may not work well for everyone, as it requires experience, ability to hold complex models in mind, and sustained focus.
  3. Not all projects are suited for TDD, and it's important to assess the cost and benefit of testing based on project needs and constraints.
Tanay’s Newsletter • 107 implied HN points • 22 Feb 24
  1. AI is enhancing productivity and quality in knowledge work like software engineering and customer support.
  2. AI benefits are not uniform; it tends to help lower performers more, but can also assist top performers by reducing menial tasks.
  3. AI is not a cure-all; it has limitations and understanding when to use it is crucial for optimal results.
Workforce Futurist by Andy Spence • 537 implied HN points • 12 Feb 24
  1. Office utilization in the US is only at 21%, half the level before the pandemic, showing a significant shift towards remote and hybrid work.
  2. Despite worker demand for remote jobs, there is a notable shortage of such positions compared to on-site and hybrid roles, potentially leading to workforce dissatisfaction.
  3. The return-to-office mandates are largely driven by the need for US-based employers to optimize investments in commercial property and uphold control over employees, rather than being solely productivity-driven.
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The Beautiful Mess • 528 implied HN points • 11 Feb 24
  1. Skilled pragmatists in companies can represent a major opportunity for improvement. They are reliable and capable but may not go above and beyond due to skepticism about the value of extra effort.
  2. When trying to improve behaviors in a team, it is crucial to be specific about the desired actions and outcomes. Vague terms like 'drive' or 'passion' can lead to misunderstandings.
  3. Listening to individuals in different categories can provide valuable insights for understanding motivations and barriers to certain behaviors in a team. Embracing diversity in perspectives is key to achieving more together.
One Useful Thing • 1001 implied HN points • 31 Jan 24
  1. AI tools like Copilot and GPTs are making AI use easier and more normal.
  2. Using AI for tasks can lead to a crisis in the workplace regarding the value of human effort and skills.
  3. Despite the crisis, there is an opportunity to delegate tasks to AI, allowing humans to focus on what they enjoy and explore new interests.
AI Supremacy • 825 implied HN points • 29 Jan 24
  1. More software engineers are turning to Substack for professional education and insights in technology
  2. Top engineering newsletters on Substack provide valuable content for software engineers and tech workers
  3. Subscribing to engineering newsletters can help professionals stay informed, grow, and stand out in the industry
Airplane Mode with Liz Plank • 884 implied HN points • 23 Jan 24
  1. Sometimes, you need to lose something to eventually win something better.
  2. Our brains tend to focus on loss instead of success, so it's important to consciously celebrate our wins.
  3. Reflecting on past accomplishments and comparing them to current achievements can help you appreciate your progress and feel content.
Genuine Impact - Charting Finance, Investing & Tech • 314 implied HN points • 05 Feb 24
  1. Productivity levels differ across OECD countries based on factors like research and development, education, and infrastructure.
  2. In the US, productivity has improved over time due to advancements in technology and management practices.
  3. Washington State stands out as the most productive US state, attributed to being a technology hub and home to major innovative companies.
Running Lean Mastery • 137 implied HN points • 10 Feb 24
  1. Time in a startup is pulled in different directions - outside and inside the building. Startup founders need to balance both effectively.
  2. Creating a flow state is crucial for productivity. Flow involves being fully immersed in a task, limiting interruptions, and receiving immediate feedback.
  3. To optimize work, establish uninterrupted time blocks for focused tasks, prioritize maker goals early in the day, and schedule manager activities later to maintain flow.
Range Widely • 2771 implied HN points • 05 Dec 23
  1. Individual differences in brain chemistry can influence how people respond to stressful situations and medications.
  2. Using 'smart drugs' like Ritalin and Adderall may make people try harder but perform worse on certain tasks.
  3. It's important to understand your own ideal level of arousal for peak performance and adjust your work environment accordingly.
Dan Davies - "Back of Mind" • 314 implied HN points • 24 Jan 24
  1. Consultants working independently may impact the productivity and training investment within companies.
  2. Substituting consultants for employees can create communication challenges and hinder information flow.
  3. The trend of specialists leaving to start consultancies may reflect underlying issues in British industry and government.
Path Nine • 12 implied HN points • 20 Feb 24
  1. Parkinson's Law states that work expands to fill the time allocated for it, leading to inefficiencies.
  2. Our reliance on technology tools can paradoxically create more work for us, contributing to the feeling of constant busyness.
  3. To combat Parkinson's Law, set clear goals, define work-life boundaries, learn to block work and life, manage scope creep, and aim to enter and exit flow states.
The ZenMode • 45 implied HN points • 14 Feb 24
  1. Strategic planning is key: Designate crucial coding tasks that ignite your passion the night before to fuel deep focus and better code.
  2. Create a distraction-free coding environment: Silence your phone, limit browser tabs, and resist multitasking to enhance true focus in a minimalist space.
  3. Take care of your body and experiment with coding blocks: Stay hydrated, consider supplements, move physically, and adapt your coding sessions to find your unique rhythm.
High ROI Data Science • 176 implied HN points • 23 Jan 24
  1. Success in the new work world requires being forward-looking and prescriptive, not just reacting to trends.
  2. Manufacturing luck involves positioning early in emerging trends to have more opportunities and be better prepared.
  3. To stay relevant, focus on upskilling in areas that align with future trends and combine vision, follow-through, and productivity.
Software Design: Tidy First? • 3380 implied HN points • 31 Aug 23
  1. Measuring outcomes and impact alone can lead to gaming the system and disadvantages for the business
  2. Team performance is often more important than individual performance, as seen in sports like soccer
  3. Investing in engineering should be treated as research & development, making small bets and doubling down on promising ones
Construction Physics • 10021 implied HN points • 18 Feb 23
  1. Construction industry productivity issues may be due to organized special interests influencing the process with complex regulations and stakeholder approvals.
  2. Regulations have increased costs in construction through additional input requirements and negotiation delays.
  3. Increased regulation in the construction industry might not be causing productivity stagnation more than in other sectors, but it is a significant factor to consider.
Artificial Ignorance • 142 implied HN points • 18 Jan 24
  1. GPTs are valuable for improving productivity with advanced prompts, document uploads, and external APIs.
  2. Building a business solely around GPTs is challenging due to factors like limited IP protection, competition, and uncertain revenue sharing.
  3. The true potential of GPTs lies in internal company use cases, where they can enhance efficiency and workflow automation.
What's AI Newsletter by Louis-François Bouchard • 39 implied HN points • 06 Feb 24
  1. The podcast episode shares insights on leveraging AI for education and boosting personal productivity.
  2. The episode features Tina Huang, who discusses freelancing in the tech industry and strategies for enhancing personal productivity.
  3. The content is geared towards anyone interested in technology, AI, and practical tips for working in the field or leveraging AI effectively.