Articles on how life and work are changing. Topics include: digital
nomads, remote work, the future of work and much more.
Monday, Mar 23, 2020
In this blog post I want to share my minimum recommendations I think you need in order to continue functioning as a startup, and what you need to watch out for over the next several weeks.
It is 2020. I am a web developer. Fully online focussed. There are few things that stand in the way of working remotely.
But will I not miss the hamburgers? And my co-workers and friends? Is a daily standup possible with one member of the team not in the same room? Will I fall asleep at my desk? Will I eat all the snacks in my house?
Friday, Mar 20, 2020
J. K. Rowling said, “There’s nothing like a nighttime stroll to give you ideas.” Charles Dickens worked in intense five-hour blocks before his daily 10- to 12-mile constitutional. “I could not keep my health otherwise,” he insisted. But perhaps the philosopher Søren Kierkegaard put it best: “I have walked myself into my best thoughts, and I know of no thought so burdensome that one cannot walk away from it.”
The basic idea of personal energy management is that you should focus on increasing your personal energy and lifting up your mood in your leisure time, instead of working on things that drain your personal energy. Hobbies should lift your mood, not drain you. This makes you better perform all the other tasks.
Thursday, Mar 19, 2020
This week’s NODESK remote jobs newsletter features 29 new remote jobs.
The stupidest, most exasperating piece of advice commonly offered to suffering people is also the truest and most comforting.
In times of crisis, this travel insurance upgrade option may be your only saving grace—you just need to know the rules of engagement.
Wednesday, Mar 18, 2020
Yes this all will normalize WFH, but it will have a downstream effect that’s more important – it will denormalize full-time jobs as the way white collar work gets done.
If you’re a first-time manager of a remote team, or a manager who’s transitioning to work from home, this free guide – with 60+ pages based on research – is for you.
Tuesday, Mar 17, 2020
Stories for starting remote teams also welcome!
Best practices and tips to help you stay sane, focused and boost your productivity while working from home, a coffee shop or really anywhere in the world, because distributed teams are a reality and remote work is the future.
Monday, Mar 16, 2020
Airlines have wasted thousands of gallons of fuel running empty “ghost” flights during the coronavirus outbreak because of European rules saying operators can lose their flight slots if they keep their planes on the ground.
Alist of ideas, in no particular order and from different fields, that help explain how the world works.
Friday, Mar 13, 2020
This week’s NODESK remote jobs newsletter features 28 new remote jobs and a company feature on Elevate Labs.
Flying coach on long-haul flights is miserable. Being stuck in a cramped seat with no ability to stretch out makes it near impossible to get rest before touching down in a new time zone. Although this has become a common frustration of travel, some companies are making an effort to introduce more comfortable alternatives to the economy seat, such as Air New Zealand’s Economy Skynest and newcomer Zephyr.
Imagine you’re in line at a coffee shop. You order your usual cappuccino and swipe your credit card to pay. Then the cashier swivels a little screen that prompts you for a tip – before the espresso shot is pulled or a drop of milk steamed.
Do you tip more, perhaps hoping that it will lead to a better drink? Or less or none at all, peeved at being asked to reward service that hasn’t happened yet?
Thursday, Mar 12, 2020
This talk will uncover how to improve your team’s productivity by learning from remote team best practices. By approaching team collaboration from a remote-first perspective, you can gain insight into your co-located teams’ inefficiencies.
I am going DN in about 4 months and I am really excited to have a more flexible schedule to do meal prepping for my husband and I, spending more time at the gym, and really focusing on losing weight I’ve accumulated at my sedentary job over the last few years.
Has anyone else had an experience like this, due to your newfound flexibility?
Wednesday, Mar 11, 2020
In 2015, the boss of a card payments company in Seattle introduced a $70,000 minimum salary for all of his 120 staff - and personally took a pay cut of $1m. Five years later he’s still on the minimum salary, and says the gamble has paid off.
This episode is part of a series on Remote Work. I’m talking to leaders of remote companies about the pros and cons of working remotely, the most common challenges that remote-first teams face and how to overcome them. Issues like communication, hiring, loneliness and isolation, figuring out timezones, et cetera.
My guest this week is Baremetrics Founder & CEO Josh Pigford.