Books and Blogs
- The Mom Test. Survey design that they don't teach you in school. How to get actionable answers when you're a practitioner, not a theoretician. Short book with really good insights. Here's a summary somebody on my team wrote about it
Apps and Extensions
- Game-changers. Everybody should be using these
- Video Speed Controller. This allows you to hot key change the speed of videos anywhere on Chrome. You'll never (involuntarily) watch things on 1x again.
- CopyQ (Mac) or ArsClip (Windows) for multiple clipboards. Absolute game changer. It remembers everything you've copy-pasted and you can click it from a list or use shortcut keys. Saves you so much time and hassle. It's hard to describe how much this changes how you use your computer, but it does.
- Switch between your two most recent tabs Use the shortcut <Alt + Q> to switch between your two most recently used tabs. It's like alt-tab but for tabs instead of windows. I'm sure there are better ones out there, but I use this one. I can't imagine navigating a computer without this. It feels crippling. I know that there are better ones that allow you cycle through multiple tabs, not just your most recent. If you know of one, recommend it in the comments! I just haven't had the spare time to optimize this more.
- Google docs quick create 5/5 shortcut key or single click to automatically create a new google document or spreadsheet. Saves a lot of time.
- Very good. Will be extremely useful for a lot of, but not all, people
- Beeminder. You only pay if you don't achieve the goals you set for yourself.
- Habitica. Gamified habit formation with a social accountability mechanism I find very compelling.
- Focusmate. Have an immediate, remote, videochat accountability buddy to help you work on things for 30 or 60 minute increments.
- I don't care about cookies. Makes it so that Chrome automatically accepts cookies, so you never have to click "I accept cookies" again.
- StayFocusd. Limits your time on social media.
- Turn everything into audio. This is a super important
- Nonlinear Library of course! Perfect for keeping up to date with the best EA content every day. Very easy to use, can just read it in the morning while getting ready, but no customizability / ability to add your own idiosyncratic reading list. For the rest, use:
- NaturalReader for TTS on your computer
- Evie for TTS for books on phone
- @Voice for TTS for articles on phone
- Pocket 3/5
- Save to Pocket 3/5
- Workflowy. Or I've heard good things about Roam but seems similar enough to Workflowy to not be worth the switching costs for me. I'd play around with both to figure out which you prefer before committing. Game changer for thinking better.
- Boomerang for Gmail: sends back your email if you haven't heard a response in X period of time. Perfect for being able to follow up with people at the right time.
- News Feed Eradicator. Eradicates news feeds from Twitter and Facebook and probably other social media as well.
- New Tab Motivational Quotes 2/5
- Florence. The most beautiful and deeply happy piece of art I've experienced in probably the last decade. Perhaps the most realistic fictional portrayal of relationships I've ever seen. And it's a phone game! It uses the medium for storytelling in really creative, metaphorical, and beautiful ways. I can't recommend it enough. It's about a 30 minute game time and totally
- 1979. The best way to really feel what it's like to be
- A little canister attached to your key chain so that you can never be without your favorite spicy pepper powder
- Mouse with a million programmable buttons. If you love shortcut keys (which you objectively should), you will love mice with programmable buttons