Posts in Pursuit of Freedom
No More Forgotten-Wallet Drama: My 2-Day Apple Pay Experiment

Earlier this week, Mike and I drove 3 hours north to visit -- and place a deposit -- on a puppy. After battling Los Angeles traffic and navigating winding country roads, we made it to our planned stop in Solvang, California. We got out, stretched our legs… and promptly realized we’d left The Wallet at home.

In our early-morning excitement, neither of us remembered to ask the other if we’d packed the single wallet Mike carries with both of our driver’s licenses, insurance cards, cash, and bank/credit cards. With 100 miles’ worth of gas in the tank, 120 miles to drive back home, and no physical payment cards or ID, we were in a situation.

Mike got an idea: Can we use Apple Pay?

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This Company Goes Email-Less for a Full Day

Once every quarter, the employees at LaSalle Network turn off their inboxes. What started off as a one-day experiment to help reduce misunderstandings that often come through text communications yielded such great results that the company decided to make the practice a permanent part of culture.

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8 Ways to Have a Thriving Work Culture For Your Remote Team

With benefits like greater employee productivity and engagement, lower employee turnover and cost savings, it’s no wonder that more companies are looking to hire remote employees. But while there are many advantages to having a remote team, there are also challenges. Communication requires more planning, there’s no water cooler chats or birthday cake in the breakroom, and it can be easy for remote workers to feel like they’re not part of a team.

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10 Slack Hacks You Need to Know

Communication is essential for any team to be efficient, productive and innovative, and the messaging app Slack has become one of the most popular ways for teams to stay in touch throughout the workday. With Slack, you can message your team in real-time, swap files, share calendars, set reminders and more. Plus, the app integrates with other tools you already use, such as Google Drive, Trello and Dropbox.

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Samsara Suitcase Doubles as a Mobile Workspace

It is hard to be productive while travelling. Between the changing time zones, the shuffle from airport to airport and the search for good wifi, travelling can be a productivity killer. But, if you travel for work on a regular basis or are something of a digital nomad, not being productive while travelling just isn't an option. That's where Samsara, the world's first aluminum smart suitcase, comes in. 

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17 Time Management Tips for Busy Entrepreneurs [Infographic]

As an entrepreneur, you feel baffled when there is too much work pressure. It hinders your creativity, resulting in further delay. The ability to use time tactically is one of the most worthy skills that entrepreneurs can have in their arsenal. By utilizing time properly, you can handle challenging situations with utmost expertise.

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7 Ways to Convince Your Boss You Can Work Remotely

With perks like extended travel opportunities and flexible hours, more and more employees are asking their bosses to work remotely—leading to higher productivity, engagement and job satisfaction. Allowing employees to work remotely can also save companies money, because they are able to cut back on equipment costs, and also because remote workers get more done.

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7 Ways to Stay Productive in Times of Crisis

This past month has been one of the most challenging balancing acts of my life. My partner’s mother was hospitalized and took a turn for the worse the week before Easter. Tests results later revealed what the doctors had warned us would be the worst possible diagnosis -- Leukemia. At a time when my loved ones were falling into pieces, it was critical that I prepare myself for all possible scenarios.

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6 Coworking Travel Companies for Aspiring Digital Nomads

With more and more people choosing jobs that allow them to work remotely, becoming a digital nomad has become much more popular. But travelling alone can be both daunting and lonely -- especially when it becomes difficult to find decent wi-fi. The solution comes in the form of coworking travel companies that allow you to see the world and not have to worry about the details.

For a fixed fee, these companies offer a private room, a coworking space and anywhere from a handful to dozens of travel buddies who will serve as both your personal and professional network. If you are travelling with a partner or spouse, most companies will offer a discount.

We scoured the Internet to find the following coworking travel companies. Know of one that you don’t see on our list? Tell us about it in the comments below!

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8 Ways to Protect Yourself Against Stressful News Cycles

Forty years ago, we didn’t have access to news coverage 24 hours a day. People read their local newspaper in the morning, watched a program like “CBS Evening News” with Walter Cronkite in the evening—and that was it.

Then came CNN, the internet, Facebook and smartphones—and now news reporters can reach us every second. To make matters worse, most of this news is negative, because that’s what gets our attention.

In his TED Talk called “Abundance is our Future,” Peter Diamandis explains that it all comes down to a sliver of the temporal lobe in our brains called the amygdala, which is our danger detector.

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5 Productivity Tips for Freelancers

Some would say that freelancers have the best job in the world. You can work remotely, you're under your own watch, and you choose the amount of work you take on. However, your life of a freelancer is a bit more complicated than that. Like all professionals, freelancers occasionally hit flats -- a place where motivation runs thin and workflow ceases. If you, or someone you know, seems to be in this stage of their work life, refer to these five tips to get back on the path to productivity.

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