A curated mix on life, work and travel.

Friday, Jun 23, 2017

Why the Modern Nomad is Breaking all the Rules

So if the world is evolving towards rootless living, what does this nomadic movement mean for the future? As the number of highly mobile nomads is on the rise, one potential result is a global network which can be leveraged for collaboration.

Thursday, Jun 22, 2017

Out of Office

A guide to establishing a successful remote culture.

How do you handle remote meetings?

One thing I noticed about my job, and most remote software development jobs, is that many seem to have weekly team video calls. How do you guys deal with these when you’re in different time zones? Do you just bite the bullet and take that 9pm video call if it’s only once per week?

Wednesday, Jun 21, 2017

How to transition into this lifestyle?

I’m increasingly finding that I’m actually more productive when I can choose my own work environment, and coupled with a passion for travel that doesn’t mesh well with the 9-5 grind, I’m having trouble figuring out how to launch myself into a remote/nomad career.

Tuesday, Jun 20, 2017

Are You a Self-Interrupter?

We act as though we are no longer interested in or able to stay idle and simply do nothing. We appear to care more about the people who are available through our devices than those who are right in front of our faces. And perhaps more critically, we appear to have lost the ability to simply be alone with our thoughts.

What are your sources of income and how much money are you earning?

A roundup from digital nomads on their sources of income and how much money they earn.

Monday, Jun 19, 2017

How does U.S. tax work for American digital nomads?

Americans are unique in the digital nomad community in that they still have to file US taxes. Today, Bright!Tax tells us more about tax issues.

How to not bring emotion from work back home?

Even after working so many years. I still get moment that I want to snap. Any way to not bring emotion from work back home?

Thursday, Jun 15, 2017

Here’s what happened when Iran introduced a basic income

The report found no evidence for the idea that people will work less under a universal income, and found that in some cases, like in the service industry, people worked more, expanding their businesses or pursuing more satisfying lines of work.

Working From Home is Never Worth It

Working from home hints at an to an increasingly blurred line between required and mandatory, one that snakes around the concept of work-life balance and threatens to strangle it.

Wednesday, Jun 14, 2017

If you’re reading this, you probably don’t do hard work

Rule of thumb: If it’s hard you’ll have trouble finding people who want to do it. There’s no shortage of people who want to be programmers, designers, strategists, social media consultants, entrepreneurs, investors, etc… But try finding people to work the farm. Hard work is doing the work other people don’t want to do.

How Doist Makes Remote Work Happen

When I first started at Doist, we were 3 people working from 2 countries. Today, we’re 51 people working from 20 countries and counting. The idea of building a remote company wasn’t something we explicitly discussed at the start – it simply grew out of necessity.

Tuesday, Jun 13, 2017

The meaning of life in a world without work

As technology renders jobs obsolete, what will keep us busy? Sapiens author Yuval Noah Harari examines ‘the useless class’ and a new quest for purpose.

A guide to running a minimalist business

If you only keep what is useful or what makes you happy in your business then what you’re left with you should leave you better off—in terms of revenue AND quality of life. Removing what doesn’t serve your business or make you happy just seems like a good idea (even if you think minimalism is bonkers).

Monday, Jun 12, 2017

There's a strong link between anxiety and depression, and sleep problems, and it goes both ways

The majority of evidence suggests the relationship between sleep problems and anxiety and depression is strong and goes both ways. This means sleep problems can lead to anxiety and depression, and vice versa.

Why Remote Work Can’t Be Stopped

The proportion of Americans who only worked remotely rose to 20% in 2016 from 15% in 2012, Gallup surveys indicate.

Friday, Jun 9, 2017

Jobs For Digital Nomads – 10 sites for finding the best entry level remote jobs

Scour these sites to find something suited to your future job as a digital nomad! These resources are remote-specific. Some being entry-level, and some are more advanced. There’re all different so go through each one and find a remote gig that will unlock your freedom.

Thursday, Jun 8, 2017

Digital nomad lifestyle questions and concerns

The “digital nomad lifestyle” is a myth. The only things digital nomads have in common is that they work AND they travel. There are no set speeds. No packing lists. No “magical weight limit” qualifiers. No earnings requirements. No mandatory route list. There is nothing at all that you need to learn from another nomad about living a lifestyle.

Will Robots Take My Job?

In 2013 Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne published a report titled “The Future of Employment: How susceptible are jobs to computerisation?”. The authors examine how susceptible jobs are to computerisation. We extracted the jobs and the probability of automation from the report and have made it easy to search for your job.

Wednesday, Jun 7, 2017

The Middle Class Mind

And although being a broke-ass entrepreneur certainly doesn’t guarantee that you’ll become a wealthy one, I believe those who are willing to be broke – on purpose – are more likely to become rich.

Office distractions could be costing your company more than $30k per high-performance employee each year

My latest data shows that 80% of high-performance employees are interrupted 5 or more times a day by things like unplanned meetings; being drawn into other conversations; incoming questions from co-workers that could be answered with little effort; and so on—with a staggering 40% interrupted more than 8 times each day.

Tuesday, Jun 6, 2017

Are laws like the French ban on emails after work, saving us or burying our jobs?

Do you leave work behind when you physically move out of your workplace? Or do the texts, messages, emails keep pulling you back, monopolizing your life beyond work hours? Do you believe that this can get to a point where an individual eventually breaks down?

How to make money while commuting to work?

I am wondering if there are ways of making money while commuting to work. The only idea I can think of is uber/lyft on the way to work. Do you have any other ideas?

Monday, Jun 5, 2017

Why you should work 4 hours a day, according to science

When you examine the lives of history’s most creative figures, you are immediately confronted with a paradox: They organized their lives around their work, but not their days.

Friday, Jun 2, 2017

Get More Done By Working Less

While we work 8 or more hours a day, most of that is just busywork. Effectiveness and total hours worked are two different things. Learn what moves the needle and focus your work efforts on that, ignoring or getting rid of busywork.

The Dark Art of How (and When) to Buy an Airline Ticket

We asked 23 airline experts to help us make sense of the contradictions: Is there really a best day to book? Are points more valuable than miles? What’s the best travel-reward credit card? And why does it seem like everyone and their broke cousin is flying business class except us?

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Advantage Of Being A Little Underemployed

It’s not about working less. It’s the opposite: A lot of knowledge jobs basically never stop, and without structuring time to think and be curious you wind up less efficient during the hours that are devoted to sitting at your desk cranking out work.

How Airline Workers Learn to Deal With You

“Working for an airline is almost like being in Scientology, because the language they use is one that people don’t understand,” said Heather Poole, an American Airlines flight attendant and the author of the best-selling book “Cruising Attitude.” “I kind of wonder whether it was a way to keep from understanding.”

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Friday Q&A: The Most Important Interview Question To Ask Remote Candidates

I love to ask: “what does your work setup look like?” As a remote team, we need to hire not just great performers, but great remote performers; people who can excel at self‑starting and self‑managing. A big part of that is being thoughtful about your workspace.

The Coolest Workstations

We asked the Product Hunt community to see their workplaces. 180+ responses later, and we can say that people’s workspaces vary in every shape, size, and location.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Hubstaff's 2017 Freelancing Trends: Insights on Finding Clients, Setting Rates, and Landing Gigs

Freelancing is here to stay. And many people seem to have picked up on this fact. But there are a lot of things that are less clear. What are the industry trends? How much do freelancers really make? What factors go into a successful career? What does the data say about all of this? That’s what we set out to learn.

How to Bolster Work Relationships When You're Remote

Interpersonal relationships at traditional offices are tough, and you might think that all of the issues inherent in having cube-mates—the internal politicking, cliques, rude behavior, the list goes on—would disappear with a remote lifestyle. Some of these issues do tend to dissipate, but others can arise.

Friday, May 26, 2017

A Better Way to Compare Yourself

Comparing your work or abilities to someone else’s can be an unproductive and self-destructive activity. Yet we compare ourselves all the time.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Employers, let your people work from home

Everybody wants the option of work from home. If you offer it, you become the cool employer that people are very hesitant to leave.

More Robots, Fewer Jobs

Bottom line: Robots do replace workers. On the other hand, some industries that don’t automate end up losing workers anyway, because their costs are too high and their customers go elsewhere. For workers, robots are only part of the problem.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

What are your family friendly DN location recommendations?

My wife and I have a 5 month old daughter and want to spend a few months in a different country (we are currently in the USA). The less expensive the better, but we are also prioritizing safety and child friendly atmosphere. What are your recommendations and experiences in different locations around the world?

Evidence That Robots Are Winning the Race for American Jobs

Who is winning the race for jobs between robots and humans? Last year, two leading economists described a future in which humans come out ahead. But now they’ve declared a different winner: the robots.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

How did you start working remotely? Although I really want to do it, I am also really scared of taking this step

I think I am in the perfect age to try new things and look for better opportunities, but I am also really scared, what if I am not good enough? Or not experienced enough? Mind sharing your experience? Or maybe just where can I start looking for a remote job?

How has volunteering helped you grow?

What kind of volunteering has helped you grow the most? What kind of volunteering do you find the most fulfillment from?

Monday, May 22, 2017

Waking up in Thailand

It seems less and less like these people are “digital nomads” every day. The only thing “digital” about them is the junk they hock on the internet. And they are only nomads in the loosest sense of the term. They’re closer to early settlers than to wandering Bedouin — they seem to have come to point and laugh at everything here, to suck this country dry of its culture.

What's your working day like?

I’m curious about the details of the usual working day for different professions/positions (not necessary technical).

Thursday, May 18, 2017

A Scorecard to Help You Compare Two Jobs

You have a big career decision to make. Maybe you’ve been offered an exciting new opportunity — on the other side of the country. Or maybe you’ve been unhappy in your job and need a change — but haven’t been able to find inspiring alternatives.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Is the Gig Economy Working?

Many liberals have embraced the sharing economy. But can they survive it?

U.S. to Ban Laptops in All Cabins of Flights From Europe, Officials Say

Acting on fears that terrorists can build bombs into laptops, Homeland Security has decided to expand the ban it imposed on Middle Eastern flights. Computers will now be checked as baggage.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

I spent two weeks delivering for Uber Eats and made $4.4 per hour

For two weeks, Breakit’s reporter Erik Wisterberg has secretly infiltrated the much-hyped food delivery services Foodora and Uber Eats. We can now reveal the truth behind the life as a bike courier – and the actual numbers behind it.

Looking for a Remote Job? 15 Companies Reveal What They Look for in Remote Employees

Like any job opportunity, there are certain skills and requirements needed. Do you qualify?

Monday, May 15, 2017

For programmers, the ultimate office perk is avoiding the office entirely

More programmers are working from home than ever and, among the most experienced, some are even beginning to demand it.

Is it Possible for a Normal Person to Escape the Rat Race?

If you’re a normal person who’s tired of getting one raise a year (if that), tired of sitting under-utilized at your cubicle, tired of sitting over-utilized at your cubicle, tired of being tired, normal isn’t going to save you.

Friday, May 12, 2017

15 Essential Skills They Don't Teach You In College

This is what I wish: that my daughters don’t go to school.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

My Anti-Jet Lag Recipe

We think of jet lag as a sleep disorder. But it’s really a disorder of your body clock, or circadian rhythm, which controls when you experience energy peaks, when your energy dips, when you feel sleepy, and a million other little highs and lows that impact how you move through your day.