10 things I now know about The Hamptons

Full disclosure: We were only there for a day, and we spent most of that day in the villages of Southampton or East Hampton – or travelling between the two. Boring-but-useful info: lots of little villages make up The Hamptons, and these villages form part of either Southampton Town or East Hampton Town. The confusing thing is that there are also two villages called Southampton (part of Southampton Town) and East Hampton (part of East Hampton Town). Other well-known villages include Bridgehampton, Water Mill and Sagaponack (Southampton Town), and Wainscott,…

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You need to buddy up with the right people

We were watching Question Time on the BBC iPlayer the other day (living the dream, as ever), and the presenter opened with, “Well, I think we can all guess what the biggest story of this week was.” We looked at each other. Was it the battle between skeuomorphic and “flat” design trends? Or could it have been edged out by the news that the Opera browser has shifted to the same rendering engine as Chrome and Safari? No, it turned out that, (a) the rest of the UK was more exercised by the fact…

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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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How introverts can get the best out of social situations

I’ve always been shy and introverted, and it’s a gigantic pain in the arse. I’ve got better over the years, but the number of brain cycles I’ve wasted worrying about stupid things doesn’t bear thinking about. One thing I’ve always been good at, weirdly, is giving presentations. That’s why I wrote “Presentation Skills for Introverts” – which is free on Amazon today and tomorrow – to help my introverted brethren get up there and spread their ideas. In the course of writing the book though, I realised that it’s possible…

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How can digital nomads find love?

A few people have remarked to us recently how lucky we are to both be into the digital nomad lifestyle. It might not seem like it when Mish is picking at her feet or I’m burping the national anthem, but it’s true – travel can get very lonely on your own, and it’s awesome being able to share the experience with your best friend. But if you’re a digital nomad, how do you find a partner? It’s not like you’re going to meet someone at work or keep bumping into…

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