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Wednesday, Jan 22, 2020
This is more of a brain dump or an internal monologue. I don’t intend to prove any point or convince you to start your own thing. Neither do I want to reassure you that working for someone else is the best option for most people.
From the ‘KonMari method’ to Apple’s barely-there design philosophy, we are forever being urged to declutter and simplify our lives. But does minimalism really make us any happier?
Tuesday, Jan 21, 2020
Since I don’t wanna be potentially replaced by competition I haven’t taken vacation in years (that was not problem before since I was not that busy and could rest enough every day to have free morning or afternoon) and I don’t won’t to refuse any projects to miss on money I can’t imagine taking vacation, because I’m not gonna lose only vacation expenses, but also similar amount in lost income for every day I would not work.
It has long been argued that workers will be replaced by machines, but now the threat is real. How will we bring about a revolution in both work and leisure?
Monday, Jan 20, 2020
What city you live in. Who you date or marry. Which job you choose. What clothes you wear.
We all think we make these choices ourselves. It certainly feels like we’re in full control. But it turns out that our choices — both in our startups and in our lives — are more constrained than we think.
The unseen hand in them all is the networks that surround us and the powerful math they exert on us.
What proportion of your monthly income do you guys think is sensible to spend on accommodation?
In the real world people say about 25 percent is ideal. What about in the DN world?
Friday, Jan 17, 2020
This week’s NODESK remote jobs newsletter features 23 new remote jobs.
As I approach twelve months on the road doing the DN thing, I find myself wondering how I will know it is time to settle on a single location and stay there. I’m not there yet, it may be some time before I am truly ‘over’ the DN thing, but I thought I might ask those of you who have done it and quit:
How or when did you know it was time?
Due to the demands of industrial farming, only a handful of apple varieties make it to stores, and even of those, only the most uniform specimens sit on the shelves. Growers have abandoned many delicious or beautiful varieties that have delicate skin, lower-yield trees, or greater susceptibility to disease.
Thursday, Jan 16, 2020
Looking to escape the metropolis to downsize? Our global network of correspondents have come up with a definitive list of the world’s best small cities, which provide the right balance between opportunities for rich cultural experiences on your doorstep and that all-important space to breathe.
Stats show people are becoming more and lonelier. Loneliness can bring you closer to death than your drinking friends, obese friends or people living in air-polluted cities.
Here are a few ways to deal with loneliness.
Wednesday, Jan 15, 2020
We often talk about remote work as a perk to make working more comfortable and convenient, but there are important aspects that are often ignored in this conversation. Accessibility and inclusion are, to me, the most relevant ones.
What does it look like to be obsessed with success and prestige? It probably looks a lot like me at the moment. A guy who starts many endeavors and side projects just because he wants to be known as the creator of something.
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020
I was a freelance UX writer for >3 years and learned along the way that process (proposals, contracts, etc) were a big advantage.
I’m not freelance anymore, but maybe I can help others in the same space. Here’s the template I used for pitching my clients.
Since I see a lot of people asking how to get started with remote work, I thought it might be good to share some advice regarding freelancing on Upwork. Some of the information here might be a bit outdated, so feel free to correct me if I got something wrong!
Monday, Jan 13, 2020
Tips I use to avoid burnout:
Learn to say “no” more often. Know your limits. It’s easy to over-commit Time is your biggest asset. Spend it on what matters most. It’s OK to ask for help. This includes seeking collaboration vs. going alone Take short breaks to recharge.
Here, then, are my dumbest mistakes of 2019.
We’ll start small (sort of stupid) and work our way down the scale to major stupid.
In this series, I will be discussing the benefits and drawbacks of remote work and how to make it work for you. Whether you are an employer or employee, it is important to understand that there are some very real differences between working remotely and working co-located with the rest of your team in the same office. The benefits of remote work are great but the drawbacks are very real. To make remote work, work for you, you need to be prepared to work differently.
Friday, Jan 10, 2020
Contrary to common belief, blue light may not be as disruptive to our sleep patterns as originally thought - according to University of Manchester scientists.
In this episode of Deviate, Rolf and Sarah talk about personality types and aligning of values; why traveling light is important; Sarah’s most commonly received travel-related questions, and navigating the fear of travel; advice for female travelers; and taking the experience of travel back home with you.