A curated selection of articles on how life and work are changing, with the occasional offbeat piece

30 May, 2018


NODESK Newsletter


A curated selection of articles on how life and work are changing, with the occasional offbeat piece.


Topics: Digital Nomads, Future of Work, Gig Economy, Remote Work, Universal Basic Income and much more.


Top Picks

# The Secret to Remote Work? It’s Not All About You

Remote work isn’t just about your individual productivity. You’ve also got to figure out how to work together as a remote or virtual team.

# You inspired me to quit my job!

Fairly frequently, I get emails similar to this: “I’ve been following your work for years and you’ve inspired me to quit my job and try to build an online product/freelance!” The problem is that I’d never want to inspire such an endeavor. Ever. Well, maybe, but with some huge caveats.

# Why (I think) Cost of Living pay for remote workers is BS.

When a company adjusts pay based on a remote employee’s location, what they explicitly saying is that “Your compensation is not based solely on the value you bring to the company.” Think about that for a second. Two employees who generate the same value for the company, are paid different rates, simple because of where they are.

# The 4 kinds of side businesses you can start

The biggest key to successful side hustles that i’ve seen? understanding that you’re not starting a startup. Get this idea out of your head. You’re starting a profitable side business to bring in cash and build your capability as an entrepreneur. You are not starting the next facebook – just bringing in some cash to buy your freedom.

# ‘I had to guard an empty room’: the rise of the pointless job

Copying and pasting emails. Inventing meaningless tasks for others. Just looking busy. Why do so many people feel their work is completely unnecessary?

# Why working at home is both awesome and horrible

A comic by The Oatmeal.




"Good checklists, on the other hand are precise. They are efficient, to the point, and easy to use even in the most difficult situations. They do not try to spell out everything--a checklist cannot fly a plane. Instead, they provide reminders of only the most critical and important steps--the ones that even the highly skilled professional using them could miss. Good checklists are, above all, practical."

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Atul Gawande

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