6 quick fixes to give yourself better inputs

Hanging out with entrepreneurial German/Austrian beekeepers: one of the best types of input.

Hanging out with entrepreneurial German/Austrian beekeepers: one of the best types of input.

When we were in Chiang Mai, we were happier than we are when we’re back in London. 35-degree weather and an abundance of mango smoothies probably has something to do with it, but it was also because we were hanging out with ambitious, positive people, and were totally disconnected from the mainstream media. Even in Chiang Mai though, we made ourselves unhappy quite a lot of the time by worrying about things beyond our control, or focusing on the downside of things that happened to us. We talk a lot…

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The problem with being a digital nomad: going home

Some of our daily "6pm photos". Yep: flexible as hell we are.

Some of our daily "6pm photos". Yep: flexible as hell we are.

Before we became digital nomads, we loved living in London, and we were huge fans of the structure and consistency we had in our lives. We loved going for runs around Primrose Hill every morning, then reading our books with a cup of tea before getting the train to work. We loved coming home every day and seeing friends or snuggling up in front of our laptop watching Question Time. And we loved (if we stayed up late enough) listening to the Shipping Forecast at 1am, and joining in (baaaadly) with the National…

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We’re embracing the “now” but nostalgic for Thai toilets

Our Chiang Mai test: cars and bikes really will slow down (and people will smile) if you walk out right in front of them

Our Chiang Mai test: cars and bikes really will slow down (and people will smile) if you walk out right in front of them

We’re noticing strange things since being back in London. The fact that it’s fricking freezing, everyone’s miserable and Rob’s already got a cold are givens, of course. But here’s what else… The tap water’s drinkable. You really shouldn’t try crossing a main road under the assumption cars will slow down. They’ll just honk and make finger signs. You flick the switch downwards to turn on a light. There aren’t any fanny-washing implements in public toilets. If you go to a food market and smile and point at the food you want, it’s considered…

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3 ways to steal a business idea

We're not sure who's stolen from whom here, but c'mon - point of difference people, point of difference...

We're not sure who's stolen from whom here, but c'mon - point of difference people, point of difference...

Let’s blow our own trumpet one more time – we don’t have a problem coming up with business ideas. We’ve given lots away and shared one method we use to generate new ones. For many people though, coming up with an idea for a business is a real barrier to quitting and doing their own thing – and recently, I’ve been wondering if the problem is that people are getting the wrong idea about what a business usually is. In defence of boring Thing is, we tend to hear about…

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Our standard operating procedures for everyday life (AKA an embarrassing glimpse into our automated existence)

Here’s a problem with being a married couple that does everything together: you start to think the same way about everything too. If Rob had said to me last year, “We really need to come up with standard operating procedures for our day-to-day life, like getting the groceries and doing the laundry,” I’d have had enough of my own – romantically inclined – mind to say, “Like f**k we need SOPs for daily life. What sort of marriage is this?” But this year, things are different. Due to constant travel, it’s hard to keep…

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