What I learnt from becoming a productivity addict

Yes mum, I finally understand why tomatoes are so good for me

Yes mum, I finally understand why tomatoes are so good for me

When I ran a “proper business” (with staff and an office and everything), I might have been the boss in title, but I certainly wasn’t acting like a CEO. Instead of having a high-level strategic overview of the business, I’d live in my inbox, let everyone else’s priorities override mine, and say “yes” to every meeting. When I should have been planning to bring in new business, I’d be ordering a new toner catridge. Instead of taking a client out to dinner, I’d stay in the office until 9pm answering…

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The importance of driving through red lights

If we ever meet you, we really hope you like us and think we’re hugely fun. And we really hope we manage to hide just how anal, tightly structured and goal-focused we are. Truth be told, we desperately want to go with the flow more, but we’re stuck in a rut of standard operating procedures, multi-indented bullet-point lists, and Google Calendar reminders about putting the bins out, getting our hair cut and ordering the week’s supermarket shopping. We can’t even watch a TV panel show without moaning that no one’s…

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Why generalists will take over the world

And when the world gets bored of penguins? What then, Tom? What then?

And when the world gets bored of penguins? What then, Tom? What then?

Are you into technology and walking? Woody Allen movies and productivity? Sandwiches and property investment? We are, and we’ve spent a long time feeling bad about the diversity of our interests. The whole way through school, you’re encouraged to specialise – picking one narrow path at the expense of all the others. Even when you’re out of school and deciding what to do next, the most well-meaning advice seems biased against you: how do you “follow your passion” when you’ve got about 20 of them, and they change every day?…

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In search of the ultimate work-life balance

Tesco delivery van

Turns out there's more to work-life balance than getting your shopping delivered

When we first heard about “MonkChat” we naturally assumed it was a hip new Valley-based startup aimed at disrupting the IMing space. Nope, turns out it’s actually chatting to some monks. So of course, we’re going to do it this coming week. We’re also going to visit a temple, walk around the market every day to find our meals, and have coffee with some of the cool people we’ve been meeting. It’s not like we couldn’t have done these things (minus the monks) in London: London has markets, and tourist…

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10 things I now know about Bangkok

"Carnaby Street" at Terminal 21, Bangkok

Carnaby Street, Bangkok-style

1. Bangkok is MENTAL. Everyone told us this, but everyone tells us this about a lot of places. Our attitude is always “C’mon, we’re not from Norwich – we’re used to New York and London. How crazy can it really be?” This time, they’re telling the truth. At any given moment it’s quite typical to be dodging a motorbike ridden by a mother with her three kids on the back, waving away someone trying to sell you a sex toy, tripping over a shrine, and smelling a combination of sewage,…

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