Articles on how life and work are changing. Topics include: digital
nomads, remote work, the future of work and much more.
Thursday, Jun 21, 2018
The problem is, even if we are committed to working hard on our goals, our natural tendency is to revert back to our old habits at some point. Making a permanent lifestyle change is really difficult. Recently, I’ve come across a few research studies that (just maybe) will make these difficult lifestyle changes a little bit easier.
There are things you want to do. There are things you need to do. Sometimes these are the same. This post is how to handle life when they aren’t.
Wednesday, Jun 20, 2018
People want to give you that same piece of advice: quit every job, start your own thing, and don’t look back. But they forget one incredibly important truth. When you’re working a full-time gig, you’re getting paid to learn from people who are further in their careers and lives than you.
At a shiny new lab in Japan, an international team of scientists is trying to figure out what puts us under.
Tuesday, Jun 19, 2018
My background is in business and apart from being intellectually curious and interested in technology, I have no previous programming, database or design experience. Like most non-techies, I have lots of ideas (of varying quality), but lack the technical know-how to create a minimum viable product (MVP) without outsourcing the technology.
By putting my education into my own hands I was able to create incredible opportunities for myself.
Monday, Jun 18, 2018
Living abroad has plenty of incredible benefits including getting to travel to new places, meet new people, and try new things. But, perhaps the greatest benefit of all is the brand-new sense of self you’ll discover along the way.
For more and more people, work appears to serve no purpose. Is there any good left in the grind?
Friday, Jun 15, 2018
For the month of May I time-traveled back to 2007, when social media platforms were still just websites you visited. I removed Facebook, Twitter and Reddit from my phone. Throughout the month, if I wanted to use those platforms I had to log in manually at my desk.
You’ll be relieved to know that at least one company is trying to design a compact economy seat that is not a literal pain in the ass. It’s not as easy as it sounds–but it could make air travel a bit better for all of us.
Thursday, Jun 14, 2018
In my experience, at least, procrastination has always been a private pain, experienced solo — but as I bonded with my fellow procrastinators over the following weeks, I began to realize that a support network of people who understood was exactly what I’d been missing.
The share of people working in “alternative” work arrangements, an important government measure of the prevalence of “gig” work, is shrinking rather than rising, according to newly released BLS data.
Wednesday, Jun 13, 2018
More than two years ago I became a perpetual traveler. I was trying to solve this situation by buying a unique SIM card in each country I visited. When I had more than 20+ SIM cards stored in different places with different PINs (most of them I forgot), I decided to find the better more elegant solution.
For Epictetus, the only thing we can totally control, and therefore the only thing we should ever worry about, is our own judgment about what is good. If we desire money, health, sex, or reputation, we will inevitably be unhappy.
Tuesday, Jun 12, 2018
Being an introvert doesn’t mean you lack great management potential—but you need to play to your strengths.
How long did it take you? Why did it happen? Will you ever go back?
Monday, Jun 11, 2018
According to UNESCO, there are currently 2,464 threatened languages spoken around the world. 592 are classified as “vulnerable”—children still learn them, but they are not necessarily used widely in daily life—while the rest, the vast majority of the world’s languages, are seen as “endangered.”
Why do remote teams demand new collaboration skills? What’s missing from our texts, emails, conference calls, and other digital communications? Body language.
Friday, Jun 8, 2018
You think that being able to work from the comfort of your own home would be nice? Calming maybe? No distractions and plenty of time to focus? For me, it was my personal hell. I was lonely. I had trouble focusing. I didn’t know when to start working or when to stop working. It was impossible to come up with new ideas or get into my creative space.
You’re not going to get rich renting out your time. You must own equity - a piece of a business - to gain your financial freedom.