Hackers Digest #4: Dropping Acid for Work Productivity


We hope you had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Hackers Digest, a weekly feature that covers some of the most fascinating ideas relating to productivity that came out over the past several days. We explore every nook and cranny of the Internet to find the six best hacks and productivity stories of the week so you don’t have to.

Here’s what’s on tap in this week’s installment:

1. Microdosing LSD: a new productivity trend in Silicon Valley.

Sometimes, a Red Bull simply won’t cut it. To remain productive in a fast-moving start-up environment, some young tech professionals are setting aside caffeine and instead choosing another sort of stimulant: They drop acid. Now, they’re not tripping their faces off at work. By “microdosing”—i.e., taking about one-tenth of a normal dose of acid—these folks are finding they’re able to keep up with the ever-growing list of demands and skill sets necessary to thrive in start-up environments. Head over to Rolling Stone to read more about why some believe their use of hallucinogens can boost productivity.

2. Ten apps that can help boost specific areas of business productivity.

According to Forbes contributor Steve Olenski, there are five major productivity needs for every business: security, research, workflow, communications and meetings. Luckily for business owners and decision makers, there are tons of apps that are engineered specifically to help boost productivity in each of those five categories. There’s only one problem: With so many different apps to choose from, it can be difficult if not downright impossible to find the ones that are the perfect match for your business. But there’s good news: Olenski has sorted through all of them, making his case for the 10 best. Read his article here.

3. You won’t be productive if you don’t have energy.

Work when you have energy, rest when you’re tired—if only it were that easy. In order to be the most productive worker you can be, it’s imperative that you tackle your work when you have energy. Which is easier said than done. At one time or another, we’ve all returned to our desks to bury ourselves in a big project after lunch. All we want to do is nap, but we press on. This probably isn’t the best use of our time. You might think these kinds of scenarios are unavoidable—and they may be from time to time. But by taking steps to work when you have the most energy, you’ll be more effective. Carson Tate will teach you exactly how that can be done on Fast Company.

4. Sports legends know a thing or two about productivity.

Folks in the tech world look to guys like Elon Musk and Tim Ferriss for inspiration. In a recent piece for Entrepreneur, Brett Relander makes the case that there’s another professional arena that shouldn’t be overlooked when it comes to productivity advice: professional sports. What do legends like Tiger Woods, Vince Lombardi and Steve Young have to teach you about productivity? Head on over to Entrepreneur to find out.

5. Making your marketing team more productive.

Thanks to technology, it’s easier than ever for today’s marketers to communicate directly with their customers. But due to the plethora of social media sites and competitors vying for the same eyeballs, it can be difficult to stand out. To build brand awareness and generate leads consistently, marketers need to provide a steady stream of content (e.g., blogs, infographics, articles, white papers, case studies, etc.) while simultaneously engaging with their audiences, answering questions and responding to comments quickly on their social channels. On top of the multitudes of other responsibilities marketers have, successfully juggling all these tasks can be tricky. As such, it is essential that marketing teams are set up to be as productive as possible. For those looking for tips and tricks on how to boost their team’s productivity, Matei Gavril has you covered. Tech.Co has more.

6. The seven traits that define all productivity wizards.

To boost productivity, sometimes all we need to do is change our approach to work. It comes as no surprise that workers who are insanely productive share a lot in common with each other, even if those folks work in completely different industries, time zones or countries. Whereas the worker who might struggle to get projects completed on time might stick to a clearly defined process, the successful productivity wizard takes a look at the bigger picture instead, focusing on completion. This notion and six others are explored in a recent Martin Zwilling article on Entrepreneur.

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