Articles on how life and work are changing. Topics include: digital
nomads, remote work, the future of work and much more.
Tuesday, Jun 18, 2019
Have you ever seen a painter use a scaffold? It’s a ladder you construct to get from ground level up to the elevation you want to be.
Getting freedom from your job is similar. You figure out how to build a scaffold, and get yourself closer and closer to your goal.
We believe that distributed work is great for many reasons, and will eventually replace most traditional office environments. But an important part of treating distributed work seriously is discussing its downsides and the hurdles it presents to teams and individuals. To better understand the concerns around the distributed work model, Matt recently spoke with venture capitalist Arianna Simpson, a vocal skeptic of remote work.
Monday, Jun 17, 2019
Beyond the questionable financial viability of working remotely in Bali are a raft of ethical and legal dilemmas.
“What I’m seeing more and more of is people simply designing their lives as cheaply as possible, avoiding income tax and not putting back anything into the community,” says Craig. “It’s basically a form of narcissism – choosing the path of least resistance – and they’re flying around the world non-stop so they’re environmentally unfriendly.
Dear college graduate:
Welcome to the working world! The good news: You’re entering the hottest job market in half a century. The bad news: Your first step onto the corporate ladder could still be a tough one.
Friday, Jun 14, 2019
What’s an unexpectedly well-paid job?
When people contemplate the declutter process I suggest in my book, in which you spend 30 days away from optional technology as a prelude to simplifying your digital life, they often predict that the main challenge will be compensating for the benefits and features they’ll miss out on.
But this prediction is almost always wrong. … The real problem — and this surprised me — is figuring out how to deal with all the free time this move toward minimalism suddenly injects into your life.
Thursday, Jun 13, 2019
Maybe part of our collective problem with remote work is that we’re always talking about it in the future tense. But the so-called “future of work” is here and available to all of us, right now.
In the age of global warming, traveling — by plane, boat or car — is a fraught choice. And yet the world beckons.
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2019
A basic principle of economics keeps getting turned on its head.
Over the past few years I’ve participated or lead syncs in fully distributed, partially distributed and centrally located teams. I’ve learned that doing effective syncs in a distributed team is similar to doing them in a centrally located team. However, there are a few differences that make distributed team syncs a little more difficult than a centrally located team sync. I’ll share a process that has been borrowed from many different sources and tweaked over time with new teammates and companies.
Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019
The airline industry claims it’s getting better at not losing our luggage, partly through improved tracking technology. But tens of millions of bags still go astray every year. So is it doing enough?
The former US president describes his most memorable travel experience, finding his place in the world on an overnight bus trip and the importance of listening.
Monday, Jun 10, 2019
However! There is one way to offset the bad parts of working from home and it does not involve getting a WeWork membership or buying of those dumbass pomodoro timer apps. Instead, the way to beat the work-from-home blues is to change your clothes throughout the day, and every time you do, to dress like a complete and total maniac.
… a study published on May 24 in JAMA Current Open adds to the growing body of knowledge on the link between health and a driving force, finding that purposefulness is tied to longer lives.
Friday, Jun 7, 2019
In the U.S., a college degree has usually meant financial security. But increased competition and overwhelming student debt are making that outcome less of a given.
That has spurred a feeling among many graduates that the qualification wasn’t worth the time, effort or money.
Thursday, Jun 6, 2019
Americans are suffering from a bad case of loneliness. The number of people in the United States living alone has gone through the studio-apartment roof. A study released by the insurance company Cigna last spring made headlines with its announcement: “Only around half of Americans say they have meaningful, daily face-to-face social interactions.”
We tend to think that good marriages and happy families are born of love and care, not spreadsheets. But what if that’s wrong?
Wednesday, Jun 5, 2019
Because I’m a compulsively early person, I’ve always assumed the other people trucking through the airport were doing their best to be on time, even if their best was different from my own (superior) best. Why would anyone look at an experience as expensive and anxiety-inducing as flying and want to make it a little bit riskier?
We’re all writers now. We fling words out into the universe through text, email, Facebook and more. Even people who hate writing have to do it, because you need to text your husband back, write your boss a condolence note and do better on Tinder than “hey.”
Tuesday, Jun 4, 2019
Whether you’re backpacking through Europe, learning new skills or strengthening your relationships, learning to invest in yourself is the best way to improve yourself. After all, if you exchange your time and effort now for increased skills and knowledge, you‘ll create a better future with more satisfaction and fulfillment.