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Lifelong Learning

“By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”

Friday, Sep 29, 2017

Help is on the Way: 10 Tips for Remote Work/Life Balance

When your refrigerator is your lunchroom and your commute consists of 10 stairs, working remotely can be unique and sometimes challenging. How do you separate your home and work lives when your office is your home? The great part about working remotely is it gives you the freedom to do both. The issue is finding that balance between your two worlds. Don’t worry, it can be done.

A need to walk

There is an art and history to walking and walking well. “To walk for hours on a clear night is the largest experience we can have” writes Thomas Clark in his poem, In Praise of Walking. He was speaking of countryside walks beneath the stars. But a night walk in a city also brings with it its own great pleasures. Rebecca Solnit writes in Wanderlust, “Cities have always offered anonymity, variety, and conjunction, qualities best basked in by walking.

Thursday, Sep 28, 2017

So you want to be a digital nomad?

Today it seems as if too many people have the sole objective of leaving the workforce entirely, living a fantasy life where you earn money while sipping margaritas on a beach, or reducing their working hours down to such a trivial number that they are simply answering a few emails and cashing checks. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking those as goals. The problem is when you want to sidestep the whole hard work part to obtain those goals.

There are 100 days left in 2017.

What could you do in a hundred days? Could you write a book? Could you launch a side project? Could you hand in your notice? Could you make progress on [fill in unrealized dream here]? Sure you could. Will it be any good? Hell, I don’t know. It doesn’t matter. You don’t have to be good.

Wednesday, Sep 27, 2017

The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life: the new sleep science

Why, exactly, are we so sleep-deprived? What has happened over the course of the last 75 years? In 1942, less than 8% of the population was trying to survive on six hours or less sleep a night; in 2017, almost one in two people is.

How to Work From Home

There are many things that contribute to becoming a successful work-from-home employee. As more companies across nearly every industry accommodate an increasing number of employees wishing to forego the morning commute and office pantry footfall, remote work has become an increasingly easy and breathlessly viable option for many who seek it. Here is a modest guide to becoming a successful remote employee, a culmination of what I’ve learned along the way.

There's no such thing as a 'remote' employee

When everyone is remote at least part of the time, the whole idea of a remote worker is obsolete.

Tuesday, Sep 26, 2017

Navigating the future of work: Can we point business, workers, and social institutions in the same direction?

​From the individual 9-to-5 workday to how entire industries function, work is changing faster than ever. Big shifts threaten to create massive societal and economic disruption unless we look seriously at making the future of work productive and rewarding for everyone.

Post a boarding pass on Facebook, get your account stolen

Holiday time is in full swing. When you want to brag about your final destination, be careful of what you post on Facebook and Instagram. Leave your boarding passes (and other barcodes) for yourself (and get a shredder).

How I got to 200 productive hours a month

Two years ago I could spend a week not working because I was avoiding some task. One year ago it was 100 to 120 hours of work monthly. Nowadays I do around 200 productive hours each month, which is over six hours of productive time daily. All this time I have been working from home, mostly on the same project. This guide describes how I achieved these results.

Monday, Sep 25, 2017

5 Things People Don’t Tell You About Working Remotely

We really do believe remote work can have a positive impact on peoples lives. But there are real downsides and we want to talk about them.

How flying seriously messes with your mind

There are many theories about why flying might leave passengers more vulnerable to crying – sadness at leaving loved ones, excitement about the trip ahead, homesickness. But there is also some evidence that flying itself may also be responsible.

Feeling bad about feeling bad can make you feel worse

Pressure to feel upbeat can make you feel downbeat, while embracing your darker moods can actually make you feel better in the long run, according to new UC Berkeley research.

Wednesday, Sep 20, 2017

Being a digital nomad couple, what's it like?

We spend a lot of time around each other. You absolutely need to be compatible! It’s easy to feel like you spent the day together, but you need to make time separate from work to still date or else you will feel more like coworkers and less like significant others.

A Survival Guide for Parents Who Work Remotely

I wanted to write this post to reflect on things remote working parents and their companies can do to make raising a family and doing great work possible.

Tuesday, Sep 19, 2017

Depressing thoughts and 'What am I doing with my life'

So this morning I booked my flights. I’ll spend at least a month in Bali, and another month in Bangkok, then I’ll see if i stay longer in one of those places or keep traveling. I feel weird about it. Even though on the one hand I can’t wait for this new adventure and I’m getting super excited thinking about it, it also makes me really nervous and even a bit depressed.

If working less is so productive, why is it so hard?

In the context of work-life balance, our brains didn’t evolve to determine exactly how much we need to work. Our brains simply want us to survive and reproduce, and working more seems to contribute to those end goals. Our brain’s anxiety about survival and reproduction motivates us to work more, even though it’s not always in our best interest over the long-term.

Monday, Sep 18, 2017

The ultimate guide to getting paid as a freelancer

Money. It’s quite naturally the biggest concern for any discerning freelancer. You want to earn as much as possible, get paid on time and cover your bills without any hassle or stress. But alas, it’s never that easy.

Those making $500+/month on side projects in 2017 – Show and tell

Side projects that make $500+/month in 2017.

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