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Tuesday, Aug 14, 2018

A Stanford researcher says we shouldn’t start working full time until age 40

A woman who is 40 years old today can expect to live another 45 years, on average, while 5% will live to see their 100th birthday. The average 40-year-old man will live another 42. For many people, most of those years will be healthy enough to continue work that doesn’t involve intense physical labor. So why are we still packing all of our career and family obligations into a few frantic decades?

Monday, Aug 13, 2018

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Monday, Aug 6, 2018

What travel insurance REALLY means. Warning: graphic content

My most recent experience with insurance, is the travel kind. Before leaving London to begin life as a ‘digital nomad’, I initially dismissed the idea of even bothering to buy insurance, having never had a successful claim in my life. But I eventually took the plunge and wasted countless hours comparing insurers, trying to find one that would actually pay out in the event of an accident…

Friday, Aug 3, 2018

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Tuesday, Jul 31, 2018

The Effect Of Sleep On Happiness [Complete Analysis]

Sleep is becoming more important to me as I’m getting older. In this unique analysis, I have tried to quantify the effect that sleep has on my happiness. The results are very interesting. Sleep deprivation definitely seems to influence the lower limits of my happiness ratings. It can be summarised like this: being sleep deprived does not mean I will become less happy, it means that I may become less happy.

Monday, Jul 30, 2018

Friday, Jul 27, 2018

Digital nomad? Nope. I chose the freelance life so I can stay at home.

Sure, I dream to travel. I wish a did a bit more of it in my younger days before I had kids and a mortgage. But when I travel I like to enjoy that holiday. I’m not a fan of mixing travel with work — they both distract so much from each other that you end up doing neither of them well. Instead, here are my personal most valuable reasons to continue being freelance.

Thursday, Jul 26, 2018

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Monday, Jul 23, 2018

Are you a remote worker that escaped to the countryside?

The civilizational trend seems to be more centralization. I’m curious if anyone has gone in the opposite direction. It seems that rural areas will become more and more of an opportunity for those able to capitalize on them. Rather than a small apartment in a megacity, live in a restored farmhouse in the countryside. Theoretically, anyone with a remote job can work anywhere - so why not? Especially as a tech salary goes infinitely further in rural areas than it does in downtown SF/NYC/London/etc.

Friday, Jul 20, 2018

Wynton Marsalis Gives 12 Tips on How to Practice: For Musicians, Athletes, or Anyone Who Wants to Learn Something New

Practicing for countless hours before we can be good at something seems burdensome and boring. Maybe that’s why we’re drawn to stories of instant achievement. At the same time, we teach children they can’t master a skill without discipline and diligence. We repeat pop psych theories that specify the exact number hours required for excellence. The number may be arbitrary, but it comforts us to believe that practice might, eventually, make perfect.

The report is in: Open offices don’t encourage openness.

In a recent report published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, “the volume of face-to-face interaction decreased significantly (approx. 70%), with an associated increase in electronic interaction.” Rather than increase face-to-face conversation, open office plans increase the tendency for employees to “socially withdraw” and use tools like Slack to communicate instead.

Thursday, Jul 19, 2018