Buss or bike? Heels or flats? Study maths or study Chaucer? Oh, I can’t decide! How do I chose what colour Mutewatch I want if I can’t even make up my mind on what to have for breakfast? My friends make fun of my indecisiveness.You could argue that I should lower my expectations and condition myself to either trust my gut or make an informed decision. But the mind is more complex than that — it tricks us into requesting a smörgåsbord of choices.
Jonah Lehrer: Overcoming a Fear of Uncertainty by FORAtv
In the case of the Mutewatch I can’t create a mashup (multicoloured, yay!) of my choices like the pop science author Jonah Lehrer does — by buying his three favourite cereals and combining them — but I can make it easier for myself by categorising things like my breakfast quandary into a certain type of decision.
Before I learn more about decision-making by reading Lehrer’s book ‘How We Decide’ I am going to take advantage of my ignorance (‘lacking expertise can be an asset’-Lehrer) and decide on what colour Mutewatch I want. (And accept my smörgåsbord-like inclination.)
Creating the job of your dreams can be possible if you live your passion, work hard and love your family according to Gary Vaynerchuk. We really encourage people to live their passion because it is exactly what we’re doing.
It is also good to remember the importance of prioritizing work, especially if you are working online. Otherwise you’ll find yourself trapped in doing all sorts of things without achieving anything.
So how to prioritize work? Simple. Define work as something that you’re passionate about, and that will make you money in the long term or, in the words of Vaynerchuk, “after some hustle”. Arrange your priorities in the order of their importance, fun, money making potential and deadlines. These are the things which require your utmost attention. Accomplish them accordingly.
Figure out what hours during the day that you feel most energetic and enjoy working. Use these hours to work work work because that’s when you can do more in less time and do it better.
Choose one and only one
- To do list
- Project overview
- List of what you are waiting for from others
and as few places as possible for reference material.
// David Stiernholm
Visit his website for more tips on how to structure your time.
David Stiernholm is a consultant who creates good structure and efficient work procedures for organizations and their people.
Having a long distance relationship is tough. Specially when in completely different time zones! My Mutewatch helps to remind me when it’s time to log on to Skype to talk to my loved one <3.
Mai-Li Hammargren by Flemming Leitorp
It’s strange how much I enjoy wearing my Mutewatch. I mean, of course, I should love it since I’m one of the co-founders of the company, but I honestly like it as a consumer as well. I am in fact the initiator of the company; from the very beginning I wanted to solve the problem of constantly waking up my boyfriend in the morning – after he’d just gone to bed after a long night’s work as a film photographer. A situation in which my mobile phone (that I otherwise use for practically everything) just wasn’t enough.
Reading the post by Robert Ahldin on Facebook about how he enjoys waking up silently makes me happy. I use it more during the day at the moment. My fav area of use right now is keeping track of when my Skype meetings are on and when to return phone calls. Second favourite: when people sometimes stop me on the street or at restaurants and ask me where I bought that watch (imagine how I almost burst with pride when I tell them that we developed it ourselves and that it’s out on the market in July).
Those of you who have been following us for a while know that we are aiming to go global from the very beginning. The core team of eight people; Oscar, Johan, Gustav, Livia, Tua, Gabriel and I, use all the methods possible in making this a reality.
My top “Going Global on a Shoestring” tip is Skype. What an excellent tool. And to make it feel more “serious” – book the meetings in advance so that people are prepared. Plus, be punctual – it’s hard to blame the traffic.
The prototype that I’m wearing in the picture above is from the first trial batch from the factory (yey!). The finish is still not complete but it WORKS amazingly, and that’s the vital point. The photo is taken by my friend Flemming Leitorp in Copenhagen. He is a wonderful person and I truly recommend him as a photographer. He even made me (not sleeping properly for three years) look OK. Check out his homepage.