Clickbait title: how I had 9 mini-vacations and still work in a very ambitious start-up with crazy working hours
Working at an ambitious start-up is not aaalways the best for your health and mentality. We work 60-70 hours a week – with 80 hour week exceptions. And we’re not talking “American “biography book” work weeks” – we’re talking actual hours at the office working.
This has a lot of obvious challenges (especially regarding general health), but also a lot of side-benefits I haven’t thought about before:
- You start to become more narrow-minded
- You loose friends / you don’t get to meet so many new people
- You don’t get to cultivate many other interests
To conquer this you need crazy discipline.
Recently I started running at 6am, I sign myself up for half-marathons every 3 months, I force myself to listen to audiobooks whenever I’m in transit or do sports, I time block “meet friends” in my calendar and fill it out every week with new people.
The whole point is: you need to make a real effort to get basic things to work.
Continue reading Maintaining a “traveling lifestyle” while working on a start-up
Start 2015 I proclaimed I wanted to become a digital nomad. I wanted to travel the world, work remote and see the world.
A quick definition for those unaware of the term digital nomad:
Digital nomads are people who use telecommunications technologies to earn a living and, more generally, conduct their life in a nomadic manner. Such workers typically work remotely—generally from foreign countries, coffee shops, public libraries, co-working spaces and even recreational vehicles—to accomplish tasks and goals that traditionally took place in a single, stationary workplace.)
It was something I had dreamed to do for a long while. Being able to live where I wanted, work when I wanted and see what I wanted – not limited by geography.
In 2015 I managed to get that to work. I managed to be able to pull a stable 50k DKK salary a month (roughly 7.5k USD) from running my remote outsourcing company – and I could have increased that and been living like a king in most places of the world. I lived in Thailand and Philippines. I worked from Malaga. I worked from Bucharest. I worked from Hong Kong. I worked from Berlin.
– All amazing places – especially since I had/have friends and family in those places.
Continue reading Working 70 hours a week vs. being a digital nomad
Being a digital nomad is awesome most of the time. You get to see the world, work from different places, and meet a lot of new people. It’s fun, it’s challenging and it is a trend on the rise.
I like graphs, and in this post I’d like to introduce a graph which shows the way I see human emotion. It’s based on a simple fact: Sometimes we, as human beings, are happy and satisfied. Sometimes we’re sad and dissatisfied.
If we draw this graph for normal human beings, it should look something like a sine wave, going from “good to bad to good to bad to good”. Hopefully having more good than bad:
Continue reading Being sick as a digital nomad – when a disease hits you
I am a huge Uber fan and I use it everywhere I go. I’ve always been pleasantly surprised by its service and quality. I have used Uber in Denmark, United States, Thailand and now the Philippines.
Now, the reason why I want to make this post, is because the Uber experience in the Philippines is very different than any other country.
There are some good, and some bad things about it.
Continue reading Uber in Manila (Philippines) – how good is it?
Today I learned something new.
I have traveled a lot before. I’ve spent months travelling. I have lived in Hong Kong for 3 months, before spending 3 months in Manila. I would say I am quite a seasoned traveler and know my way around. Yet, I still learned something critical after arriving in Hong Kong yesterday.
In order to explain better, let me explain a bit about myself:
I see myself as a “high performer”. I don’t try to be Elon Musk and work myself tirelessly 20 hours a day to save the planet (even though I probably should… later in life), but I do try to get the most out of life.
Continue reading How different countries affect you emotionally and mentally – and a self-improvement followup
I’ve now been living outside Denmark for nearly two weeks. To me having a great space to work is essential, as I am an entrepreneur doing a lot of stuff online.
As I’ve started in Thailand, I’ve had the experience of working in three different locations:
- HUBBA, Bangkok (a co-working space in Bangkok city)
- The two Punspace offices in Chiang Mai (also a co-working space)
I thought I’d give a quick review for anyone interesting in that matter.
Continue reading Review of co-working spaces HUBBA (Bangkok) and Punspace (Chiang Mai)
When I was in Chiang Mai the first time back in 2014, I went on the quest for finding the world famous Mrs. Pa smoothies.
I went to the south gate by around 7pm, to find the very busy night market. I walked and walked, and couldn’t find it! Just as I was about to give up, I found it – Mrs Pa’s smoothies. I said hi and was surprised she spoke very nice English, and I got a really, really nice smoothie.
Continue reading Mrs Pa smoothie in 2015 (Chiang Mai) – where is it (map) ?
Sunday morning at 7am I arrived in Bangkok airport. Tired after forgetting to sleep in the plane (who can sleep at 3pm???), I was in a good mood and wanted to get into the city.
First I had the pleasant surprise of finding out sim cards are VERY easy accessible. Around 15 USD poorer, I had 3gb of 4G data and unlimited 3G. Hello connected world!
Continue reading The first days as a digital nomad living in Thailand
After an amazing Workaway trip to Morocco back in January, I decided to become a digital nomad. It’s a dream I had had since I read the “Four Hour Work Week” by Timothy Ferris back in 2010.
However, in reality the concept is a bit more difficult. The key issue is finding a way to have a stable income while working remotely, which is very difficult while being an employee (possible, but ridiculously complicated in some industries at least).
Continue reading Preparing to become a digital nomad