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Wednesday, Mar 20, 2019

The Rise of Free Coworking

One of the reasons why small coworking operators struggle is the rise of what I call “free coworking”. Consumers have never had more options to find a productive workspace than they do today.

How to Quit Your Job in 837 Easy Steps

I found myself Googling whether to leave my job — while leading PR at Google.

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2019

The Downsides of Freelancing

Most of us know freelancing comes with the obvious not-so-fun stuff like an unstable income, invoice hunting and finding clients. Here we’ll get into the challenges that may be less obvious, but are still important to keep in mind when deciding to work for yourself.

Design Interviewing: Ask Me Anything

A few months ago, I tweeted asking if people had questions about design interviewing. The interview and evaluation process can often feel like a black box, so I wanted to offer some transparency and advice based on my experience being an interviewer and hiring manager at Dropbox.

Monday, Mar 18, 2019

Yes, you should blog

If you have even the slightest inclination, you should blog. About whatever. Blog about unicorns, or growing ghost peppers in your flower box, or about raising a child with autism, or even about your views on politics. (Really!) You should blog because it’s good for you, it is often fun, and dammit, it’s good for the internet.

First-class air travel is in decline

Executives are flying business class; plutocrats are taking private jets.

Friday, Mar 15, 2019

How Fiji changed the way we travel

The little Pacific island nation was the first to incorporate GPS into its aviation system – and in doing so forever changed the way we get from Point A to distant Point B.

Thursday, Mar 14, 2019

Weekend ‘catch-up sleep’ is a lie

The negative health effects of skimping on sleep during the week can’t be reversed by marathon weekend sleep sessions, according to a sobering new study.

Is buying with friends the future of housing?

With house prices having risen over the last decade, many young people have found it tough to get on the property ladder. Some are choosing to co-buy with friends, but it is not without its risks.

Wednesday, Mar 13, 2019

Please Put Your Phone Down

We need to take time away from our devices to actively engage with the people around us and cultivate better relationships, as humans were genetically programmed to do. Equally important, we need to tend to our own feelings, because so many of us don’t even realize the anxiety and stress that being addicted to our smartphone is creating in our lives.

Bjorn Freeman-Benson: Three Challenges of Distributed Teams

Interpersonal interactions are also harder to manage in a distributed team. “If I piss you off but don’t realize it in a local office,” Bjorn said, “later on I’ll notice you glaring at me. You don’t usually do that. So we fix it.” In a distributed team, “The chance of pissing you off is greater because we’re communicating via video. Then I don’t see you again, and the next thing I’ve heard is that you resigned.

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2019

The pitfalls of remote working – and how to overcome them

Remote working offers an unparalleled set of benefits – but comes with a bunch of serious drawbacks. If you really want to make the best of remote working, you’ve got to tackle these problems head-on and commit to a business-wide strategy.

See How Your Salary Compares

Over 1,000 companies, including Amazon, JPMorgan and Walmart, have disclosed how they compensate workers. Find out where your pay stands.

Monday, Mar 11, 2019

The Value of Face Time in a Remote Company

After several years of thoughtful practice, we’ve async-ed All The Things at Help Scout. But several months ago, I looked around and wasn’t happy with the monster I’d helped create.

Slow traveling nomads, how do you assess a place to stay when you first arrive to a city?

I’m getting ready to embark on the nomad journey, and I’d like to spend my time in every country for as long as my tourist visa will allow me, without getting in trouble.

Friday, Mar 8, 2019

Inside the mind of a master procrastinator

Tim Urban knows that procrastination doesn’t make sense, but he’s never been able to shake his habit of waiting until the last minute to get things done. In this hilarious and insightful talk, Urban takes us on a journey through YouTube binges, Wikipedia rabbit holes and bouts of staring out the window – and encourages us to think harder about what we’re really procrastinating on, before we run out of time.

Feeling Good: Justin's Program

I decided to write this guide because I have been pretty happy recently. I would go as far as to say that I am the happiest I’ve ever been (in a sustained way) in my adult life, and completely independent of my external circumstances. This is how I’ve done it.

Thursday, Mar 7, 2019

How Would You or How Did You Convince Your Boss That You Can Work Remote

How would you or how did you convince your boss that you can work remote and be as productive as if you are in the office or even more productive.

Do Not Disturb: How I Ditched My Phone and Unbroke My Brain

I’ve been a heavy phone user for my entire adult life. But sometime last year, I crossed the invisible line into problem territory. My symptoms were all the typical ones: I found myself incapable of reading books, watching full-length movies or having long uninterrupted conversations. Social media made me angry and anxious, and even the digital spaces I once found soothing (group texts, podcasts, YouTube k-holes) weren’t helping.

Wednesday, Mar 6, 2019

How Remote Leaders Can Support Their Employees

Remote leaders also need to trust their employees. As a successful remote leader, you can’t be pinging people in Slack all day or trying to do a daily check-in over the phone. You have to trust your people, and Paul Farnell, the founder of Litmus, has a great quote about this. He simply says, “Trust your team. Work only gets done when you allow people to make mistakes.”