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 don’t dogs bark at monks? And other questions I’d ask a Chiang Mai resident if I had the guts

50 baht (£1) for this gigantic fruit, yoghurt and muesli mashup of deliciousness

50 baht (£1) for this gigantic fruit, yoghurt and muesli mashup of deliciousness

Are you aware just how cheap your mangoes are compared to ours? Do restaurants automatically lower the spiciness of a dish when it’s ordered by a Westerner? Are you ever scared when you’re on your moped? At what age do you let your kids start riding mopeds on their own? Do you find it weird how many Western men open up restaurants with their Thai wives? What’s the difference between a 150 baht (£3ish) massage and a 200 baht (£4ish) massage? Where should I go to eat the most authentic…

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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

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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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