Articles on how life and work are changing. Topics include: digital
nomads, remote work, the future of work and much more.
Thursday, Apr 4, 2019
Eating at a cafe with a book, or grabbing a seat at a bar alone is a self-care ritual I cherish. But I get why other people don’t like it. Perhaps they’re scared of what other people will think, or what their inner thoughts will reveal when there’s no one around to distract them.
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.
Wednesday, Apr 3, 2019
Coworkers report that their jobs are more meaningful. Bacevice and Spreitzer think this is partly because coworking spaces often carry a social mission (creating community and collaboration), and also because the mixed working environment offers lots of opportunities to explain what you do and receive positive feedback.
In a study we conducted in 2014, people were much more willing to fly in planes with a human pilot in the cockpit–and quite unwilling to fly with either a human flying the plane remotely or aboard a fully autonomous plane.
Tuesday, Apr 2, 2019
If procrastination isn’t about laziness, then what is it about?
Follow these 9 steps to secure a remote work arrangement even in the most skeptical of organizations.
Monday, Apr 1, 2019
Remote-work is on the rise and that’s why on the 10th of April we will organize Global Work From Home Day. This day will be a celebration of working from home (wherever home happens to be at the moment!) for all the employees and employers around the world. Network and meet fellow remote workers under the hashtag #WorkFromHomeDay.
The findings show that low sleep-quality is associated with increased levels of procrastination during the following day, and that this effect is moderated by individuals’ self-control, which means that individuals who are low in self-control are significantly affected by the quality of their sleep, while individuals who are high in self-control are not.
More and more people are working where they live, attracted by the promise of flexibility, efficiency and no commute. But does this come at a cost to their wellbeing?
Friday, Mar 29, 2019
My heart breaks when my friends conflate the two terms: understanding the difference between ‘broke’ and ‘poor’ is the first step toward building a more equitable society.
“She’s not graduating from anything, trying to reconnect with her inner child, attempting to understand the soul of her distant but nature-loving father, exploring an external wilderness in order to comprehend and inner universe, assuaging her cultural guilt over lands stolen from indigenous peoples, or trying to kick heroin, so we can’t think and any reason she’d want to explore the outdoors. We’re all pretty freaked out.”
Thursday, Mar 28, 2019
One indicator of inclusion is when I hear leaders tell me they invest in training for their teams - training that fosters greater belonging. Even remote teams can regularly attend training and get support from professionals and coaches. Being upfront about efforts like that will be a magnet for people from underrepresented backgrounds.
If you’re working remotely or if you feel lonely often, let’s look at how you can rebuild your social engagement circuits.
Wednesday, Mar 27, 2019
But the other selling point of a cross-country train trip is a chance to look behind the American scrim: to learn where the nation makes and stores the hidden parts that run it, to find new places you wish you had been born, to spy on backyards and high school football fields whose possible existence had never occurred to you.
Cloudworker lifestyles — mobile, home-based, unshaven, pajama-clad and Starbucks-swilling — create a psychological transformation that is very similar to what happens when animals go feral.
Tuesday, Mar 26, 2019
I read through hundreds of responses and noticed a few patterns. Here are some of the most common challenges expressed by remote workers: Loneliness, Disconnecting, Distractions, Watercooler Serendipity, Communication and Respect.
If you’re intrigued by the hype around Canggu or if you plan to move to there, I wrote this blog post for you. I also wrote this blog post after more than 2 months in Bali. In the beginning, I planned to stay only a month there. I’m finally going to stay three!
Monday, Mar 25, 2019
For the first time three cities share the title of the world’s most expensive city – Singapore, Hong Kong and Paris. In this year’s top 10, Singapore represents the only city that has maintained its ranking from the previous year.
“Depression and anxiety don’t need a visa, they can travel everywhere,” Müller said. “It’s harder to share with the people back home if you are struggling, that you are in a crisis, because they say ‘How come? You live in Singapore, you have a house, you have a driver, you have a housekeeper, you have a nice job, you make money, what’s the problem?‘”
Around me I can see either a lot of young digital nomads or either married/engaged couples. But I can’t find many single people in the 30-35 age range. This is making me feel a bit a bit lonely and depressed, and re-thinking what I am doing with my life. It feels like most people have already settled down at this stage. Meanwhile I have not even figured out what to do with my life.