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Amanda Mull, "Laptops Killed Work-Life Balance," The Atlantic
"Some disagreement exists over whether 2007 or 2008 was the first year that laptops outsold desktops in the general market, but 2008 was the first year that American employers bought more laptops than desktops."

"Instead of liberating white-collar and “knowledge” workers from their offices, laptops turned many people’s whole lives into an office. Smartphones might require you to read an after-hours email or check in on the office-communication platform Slack before you start your commute, but portable computers gave workers 24-hour access to the sophisticated, expensive applications—Salesforce CRM, Oracle ERP, Adobe Photoshop—that made their full range of duties possible."

"More than the smartphone, laptops ended “work hours” as a concept."
laptops  technology  computers  AmandaMull  2020  2020-02  TheAtlantic  business  WorkLifeBalance 
7 weeks ago by briansholis
Tiago Forte, "The Rise of the Full-Stack Freelancer"
"Full-Stack Freelancers respond to technology as an opportunity, not a threat. They leverage software-as-a-service and online platforms to vertically integrate a “full stack” of capabilities, instead of focusing on one narrow function. This allows them to capture a much greater percentage of the value they create, instead of giving it away to gatekeepers and distribution bottlenecks."

"That’s because Full-Stack Freelancers manage a portfolio of income streams, not a job based on one set of skills.

These potentially include both products and services, online and offline businesses, digital and physical products, active and passive income sources, in-person and remote interaction, individual contribution and group collaboration, and offerings that are low margin and high margin, mass-produced and customizable, high risk and low risk, monetized directly or indirectly, short-term and long-term, or any combination of the above."

"Portfolio thinking recognizes that having multiple parallel projects provides many opportunities for synergy. They don’t have to interfere with and impede each other — they can actually combine into something greater than the sum of its parts."

"Portfolio thinking takes advantage of the principle of opportunistic addition: there are many things you can spend time on that add value when done in moderation, but whose returns quickly diminish the more of it you do."

"The key is to understand that premium products and services, like corporate trainings and high-end online courses, require long sales cycles. They are not something one buys on impulse. The customer has to know you, understand where you’re coming from, and trust you. This requires a rich, interactive process of reading your writing, watching your videos, seeing your social media posts, perusing your email newsletter, and trying out your more affordable offerings."

"What may not be immediately obvious is that the model above is not just a one-way funnel — it is a network. A given customer can follow multiple possible paths through my network of offerings. Each additional offering provides another entry point into the network, which increases the number and diversity of people I can serve.

But it isn’t just customers that traverse the network in all directions. Information and value do too."

"Since my portfolio is a network, it exhibits network effects: each offering added increases the value of all the others."

"… it requires a willingness to grow your portfolio toward toward areas of uncertainty and discomfort, instead of only toward existing strengths."
2017  2017-06  TiagoForte  freelance  working  WorkLifeBalance  NetworkEffects 
9 weeks ago by briansholis
Frank Chimero, "The Burnout List"
I am a man who knows burnout. Last summer, I found myself in the deepest work-related hole I’ve experienced. I spent some time (with help) looking at what parts of my burnout were on me and what parts were outside of my control—the elements of my fatigue that were, you know, out there.

I made a list of these outside components, intending to have it come together into a short essay, but I was never able to have the ideas coalesce. So, rather than have the ideas rot in my Notes app, I thought I’d do a copy/paste job and share them here in their original form.
FrankChimero  WorkLifeBalance  working  burnout  2020  2020-01 
12 weeks ago by briansholis

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