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My day job is Head of Content for Clockwise, an amazing organization. I love my job. However, sometimes I’m not allowed to be authentically, fully me at work.

Below, I’m going to publish the part of my story they cut because I want people to read it!

The top 5 productivity apps of 1920 

As we embark upon the 2020’s now is the perfect time to take a look back at the “Roaring 20s” and the technology that made that decade’s rapid economic growth possible. 

Here are the top five productivity apps of 1920, as decided by the Clockwise team. 

1. Cocaine

It was 1859 when German chemist Albert Niemann first isolated crystalline alkaloid cocaine from the coca leaf. South Americans chew coca daily as a gentle stimulant, hunger suppressant, and to cure altitude sickness. The plant is one percent cocaine and endogenous to South America, Mexico, Indonesia, and the West Indies. 

It wasn’t long before people in the UK and US hailed cocaine as a miracle drug. In the early 1900’s Americans could buy cocaine in drug stores, grocery stores, saloons, and the Sears catalog in a variety of forms including cigarettes, inhalants, and cordials.


Cocaine became a celebrated panacea, with Queen Victoria, Thomas Edison, and Ulysses S. Grant using cocaine-containing products. People used cocaine to cure snow blindness and to keep marching on polar expeditions. After working well in a Cataract surgery, cocaine quickly became invaluable as an anesthetic in ophthalmic surgeries, laryngeal procedures, otology, genito-urinary surgeries, gynecology and obstetrics. 

The party ended for many in 1914 when racist fears led Congress to outlaw cocaine. Even still,  cocaine became the drug of choice of the Jazz Age and usage spiked in the 1920’s. The impact of cocaine on productivity can’t be underestimated. Historians credit Robert Louis Stephenson’s six-day cocaine binge for The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Pope Leo XIII liked a cocaine-laced wine called Vin Mariani so much he gave it a Vatican gold medal. 


2. The Filofax

Before there was the iPhone, or even the Blackberry, “no self-respecting mover and shaker would be seen dead without a personal organiser — and that meant the Filofax,” according to ABC News. Celebs like Diane Keaton and Woody Allen were fans

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