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When James Grant and Thomas Hezlett stepped off their London flight into the United States last summer, they had three things: a vague plan to make it from Seattle to Miami in five months, a backpack full of basics to get them through the cold nights, and $350 in bitcoin.
In order to better understand how much money I saved by logging in from home a couple of days each week, I calculated a dollar value for the meals out, coffee, and long commute that I avoided in the process. The total was higher than I expected.
Bad news for “night owls”: Those who tend to stay up late and sleep in well past sunrise are at increased risk of early death, a new study from the United Kingdom suggests. The research, which involved nearly half a million people, found that self-described “evening people” were 10 percent more likely to die over a 6.5-year period, compared with self-described morning people.
The warning against being a generalist has persisted for hundreds of years in dozens of languages. “Equipped with knives all over, yet none is sharp,” warn people in China. In Estonia, it goes, “Nine trades, the tenth one — hunger.” Yet, many of the most impactful individuals , both contemporary and historical, have been generalists.
Friendship takes time to develop. The more time two people spend together, the more likely they are to be friends. On the other hand, there are people we see regularly but don’t consider friends. So just how many hours of togetherness does it take for an acquaintance to become a friend? Or for a friend rise to the level of best friend? And does it matter what you spend all that time doing?
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The truth is that I’m bored, and it’s not because I have a butterfly mind or due to the instant gratification of the social media age. I need variety, and a reason to write, and so do you, too. In a traditional workplace there are two things that I don’t have at home: 1. Things changing in the background and all around me, and 2. Processes that I need to engage with.
The workplace can be a curious environment. Dozens or even hundreds of employees can labor side by side for hours, spending more time with each other than with anyone else, yet they don’t feel connected. New research shows that loneliness isn’t just damaging to mental health; it can also lower job performance.
It’s a fantasy that crosses many of our minds at some point: Why don’t I quit my job and travel the world? While it’s a nice thought, the reality remains that in order to travel, you need money, and to have money, you need a job…To get a better understanding of how to accomplish this balancing act, below, five remote workers share their advice on how to manage the best of both worlds.
No talking. No phones or technology. No yoga pants. No working out. No music. No reading. No writing. No killing (even spiders!). No stealing. No masturbating. No sex. No lying. No drugs or alcohol. No moving during “sittings of strong determination.”…How did I end up here?
Being a digital nomad is heavily romanticized by the industry — we’re portrayed as young, successful millennials who live a carefree life wandering from country to country without a schedule or commitment, lounging by a beach or pool with a Mai Tai in hand. That couldn’t be farther than the truth.
What do these people have that the rest of us don’t? It turns out “ability” is the key word here. Beyond their level of privilege or the circumstances they were born into, the luckiest people may have a specific set of skills that bring chance opportunities their way. Somehow, they’ve learned ways to turn life’s odds in their favor.
I am one of the country’s first “e-Residents,” and I feel more welcome there than pretty much anywhere else in the world. Hold on: an e-what? I’m an Estonian e-Resident. A virtual resident, sort of. Let me explain.