Life Designed: Machu Picchu, eBooks, Digital Privacy & Modern Email

Greetings from Playa del Carmen, Mexico!
Life Designed: Machu Picchu, eBooks, Digital Privacy & Modern Email

February was short but intense. Here's a quick summary of what happened.

Goodbye WordPress! Hello 👻 Ghost!

Last month I migrated my blog to Ghost. So far, it feels so much faster and slicker than WordPress, which became a bloated and vulnerable all-in-one solution for everything. I'm excited to try out what Ghost is capable of.

Machu Picchu

It was my second time visiting one of the New Seven Wonders of the World. My wife and I were completely blown away despite fog and rain.

Caribbean Life

At the beginning of March, we moved to 🇲🇽 Playa del Carmen, a beautiful and touristy city located along the Caribbean Sea.

We took a day tour to Isla Mujeres and explored a nearby island Cozumel by Jeep. We're enjoying 🌮 delicious food, hanging out with new friends, and plan to visit Tulum and Chichen Itza before we leave.

Travel Burnout

I've been on the road for nearly six years by now, and I start to feel tired of the whole nomadic lifestyle and can't wait to build a home base. In two weeks, we're returning to Lithuania, where we'll stay with my brother for a while.

Below are some photos from our travels in Peru and Mexico.

Cozumel, Mexico (left), great food in Cusco, Peru (center), and the marvellous Machu Picchu, Peru (right).

Welcome to another edition of Life Designed, where I share resources, insights, and notes on lifestyle design, future of work, and creative fulfillment.

7 Best eBook Subscriptions for Unlimited Reading

I reviewed the seven best eBook subscription services for book lovers. I have a clear winner, but feel free to judge for yourself.

How to Grow Blog Traffic (2020 Guide)

Here's a guest post by Jacob Tuwiner showing exact strategies he used to grow his new blog’s traffic by 3711.4% in just 6 months.

If you do write about something that you don’t know much about, plan on investing at least 3-4 hours of your time on research before you write a thing. The more you research, the more natural your tone will be.

100 Little Ideas

Morgan Housel, a partner at Collaborative Fund, shares a list of ideas that can help you better understand the world.

Read these ideas at your peril as they may make you uncomfortable with your biases and never-before-questioned beliefs.

Depressive Realism: Depressed people have a more accurate view of the world because they’re more realistic about how risky and fragile life is. The opposite of “blissfully unaware.”
Skill Compensation: People who are exceptionally good at one thing tend to be exceptionally poor at another.

How to Brainstorm Great Business Ideas

Courtland Allen, the founder of Indie Hackers, shares a practical way of brainstorming viable business ideas.

It's indeed tempting to skip any field research and just do your thing, but it will most likely hurt later when you realize that it's not viable.

In fact, the essence of product-market fit is tailoring your product specifically to your customers' needs. You make it such a good fit for them, specifically, that it's a no-brainer for them to use it.

3 Frameworks For Making Complex Decisions

How do you make decisions? Trust your gut feeling? Make a quick list of pros and cons?

What if there are better ways? (There might be.)

Looking for disconfirming evidence can be difficult, especially when we’re already heavily biased toward pursuing a particular path. One trick is to do a joint “premortem” exercise. Get together in a room, and imagine that you’re six months into the future. The feature has been built and launched and isn’t doing well. What went wrong?

My Favourite Digital Privacy Tools for 2020

Did you know that by using Gmail, you agree to allow Google to read your emails?

Here are some tech alternatives recommended by Paul Jarvis, the founder of Fathom Analytics (affiliate link), to stay away from the big brother.

Privacy is a fundamental human right, or at least it should be. Not because we have something to hide but because, as the news cycle constantly shows us, big tech companies that track our every move and purchase are both awful at keeping that data safe and worse at knowingly renting it out to any other big companies who want access to it.

Killed for Food

This is absolutely mind-blowing. Billions of animals are killed each year so we can have food. I thought it is bad but not this bad.

Control Your Mac Using Head Movements

Hawkeye developed a way to control your Mac hands-free using head movements. It's powered by iPhone’s TrueDepth camera, and it looks incredible. A massive step in making technology accessible to everyone.

Compatible with iPhone X, XS, XR, 11, 11 Pro, and iPad Pro.

1,000 True Fans? Try 100

Over a decade ago, Wired editor Kevin Kelly, popularized an idea of 1,000 true fans supporting your work.

Now, Li Jin, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, presents a convincing case of 100 true fans. From 1,000 to 100. Fewer but truer fans.

I agree that the rules are changing, but it doesn't mean you can make it by producing crap. Value always wins.

Easy perks like offering users ad-free content and access to back-catalogs can help creators monetize at a lower dollar amount. But to gain fans who are willing to pay $1,000 a year—no small sum—creators need to offer a step-function increase in value. The recipe, then, is to go niche and to tap into users’ desire for results.

14 No Code Apps to Help Build Your Next Startup

The so-called “no-code” or “low-code” trend has been around for some time, but now, more than ever, I'm convinced it's going to cause the next revolution, the way personal computers changed the world.

Jeff Cardello shares cool no code apps to help you build your own business without hiring a developer.

Today’s no code tools allow businesses to be the underdogs — enabling them to build and launch without the need to write code.


Email is broken.

Security, privacy and spam issues have turned email into a curse word.

Luckily, Basecamp founders announced they're launching a completely new way to do email. I can't be more excited about it.

There's not much info available at this moment, but knowing what Basecamp stands for, I expect nothing but the best.

HEY is our love letter to email, and we’re sending it to you. Coming April 2020 to the web, iOS, and Android.

Food for Thought 🧠

“Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials.” – Lin Yutang
“Do not wait. If there is something you wish to do, go do it. Death comes for busy people too. It will not pause and return at a more convenient time.” – James Clear
“Nobody survives open heart surgery better than the guy who didn’t need the procedure in the first place.” – Charlie Munger
“Being absolutely right and being spectacularly wrong feel exactly the same.” – Scott Adams
“We are kept from our goal not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.” – Robert Brault

Listening 🎧

Watching 🍿


My rating: 7

IMDb description: In this docuseries, meet the heroes on the front lines of the battle against influenza and learn about their efforts to stop the next global outbreak.

The Mask

My rating: 8

IMDb description: Bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss is transformed into a manic superhero when he wears a mysterious mask.

Reading 📖

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