Articles on how life and work are changing. Topics include: digital
nomads, remote work, the future of work and much more.
Friday, Apr 19, 2019
“We feel the need to finish books, even if we’re bored by them. This often gets in the way of people reading because they start a book and they’re like, ‘Oh, it’s boring.’ Well, that’s fine. Put the book down and start another book. Most people don’t do that because we’ve been taught since a very young age at school and at home that we start what we finish…It’s the author’s job to convince you to read the book.
Thursday, Apr 18, 2019
Ever wondered why flight times seem to be getting longer? It’s called “padding”, a phenomenon that helps airlines arrive on time – but at a cost.
I’m going to let you in to three TOP SECRET rules for getting hired. These are the hidden techniques used by TOP interviewers…
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2019
One can’t design a life around what it’s like to be on vacation. Vacations are not real. They cost money. They happen somewhere far away from where you live. Life can’t be filled with the day of your greatest, most impressive accomplishment either…What we need is something sustainable. Something balanced. Something deliberate without being forced.
I don’t know what it’s like for everybody at every remote job, but when a job-hunting friend asked me recently what’s it like working from home, really, here’s what I told him…more or less.
Tuesday, Apr 16, 2019
But when we talk about “meaningful work,” what do we actually mean? Negotiating peace treaties, growing food, making spectacular amounts of money—all of these can be framed as meaningful, depending on who is doing the framing, and what it is they truly want. Meaning isn’t something to be found, and it can’t be uncovered by heartfelt commitment, long hours, and self-sacrifice. Meaning is something we make.
In a quest to create the perfect remote team, Google researchers spent two years studying more than 5,000 employees. Here’s what they learned.
Monday, Apr 15, 2019
Focusmate is the internet’s most invasive productivity hack. I put it to the test.
Unemployed people derive significant psychological benefits from receiving a fixed amount of financial support from the state, according to a landmark experiment into basic income in Finland that highlights the disadvantages of the country’s existing means-tested system.
Friday, Apr 12, 2019
This science all points toward the same basic truth: we are mirrors reflecting onto each other. The people we surround ourselves with shape us, and we shape those around us, too. The implications of this truth are important and actionable.
Thursday, Apr 11, 2019
“Time management” is not a solution — it’s actually part of the problem.
You’ve probably read a lot about freelancing: Feast and famine. Where to find clients. How much to charge. These topics are fundamental, but it seems like most freelancers burn out before they get over these hurdles. Can freelancing be a stable, long-term career?
Wednesday, Apr 10, 2019
I’m a shy person regarding this question, I have a friend that his method is “I have another offer, can you matched? or I’ll leave” and got a raise 3⁄4 times.
Seasonal jobs are your entry level ticket to the nomad life. Examples: wildland fire. Trail work. Ski resorts. Ranch handing. Commercial fishing and general maritime. Oil and gas. Trail/mountain guiding. A lot of these are jobs that appeal to the adventurous aspiring nomad type anyways, and most of them have included living expenses.
Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019
Learn to sell, learn to build. If you can do both, you will be unstoppable.
I blog about all my experiences – good or bad – and this story is a good lesson on travel safety, the importance of always following local advice, and what happens when you stop doing so.
Monday, Apr 8, 2019
A common ailment is going around, and you probably know someone plagued by it. Caused in part by social media, the 24-hour news cycle and the pressure to check work email outside of office hours, it could hit you, too — especially if you don’t know how to nip it in the bud. Burnout is everywhere.
Friday, Apr 5, 2019
It’s time we create an ecosystem that connects people who need high quality work with the global talent base that is waiting to fulfill.
The rich do not live like this. The rich have grown afraid of screens. They want their children to play with blocks, and tech-free private schools are booming. Humans are more expensive, and rich people are willing and able to pay for them. Conspicuous human interaction — living without a phone for a day, quitting social networks and not answering email — has become a status symbol. All of this has led to a curious new reality: Human contact is becoming a luxury good.
Thursday, Apr 4, 2019
The amount and quality of what you achieve are crucially dependent on how effectively you manage your time. Andrew C. Johnson and John Sumpter propose some simple steps that scientists can take to improve their time management.