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This morning we’re talking to David Brudö, co-founder and CEO at Remente, who is undoubtedly a productivity guru.
You may remember Brudo from last year, when he candidly told The Memo what it’s like to be an entrepreneur battling depression.
A serial founder, as well as an investor at Maurten, Brudö is behind a number of successful businesses to spring out of Sweden in the past decade – including Fyndiq retail site, nanostructure specialists Smoltek, and Destly travel deals (which was acquired by TravelBird).
Today he spends most of his time working on developing his personal development app Remente – a cool productivity app that’s been designed with your mental health in mind.
This January we were keen to find out how someone who has overcome mental health challenges stays at the top of their game.
A busy man, with big ideas, The Memo asked Brudö how he gets it all done.
With two small children at home I don’t need an alarm clock – they wake me up every day between 6am to 7am. I finally get up once my oldest son has repeatedly saids: “You must get up now”.
Once I’m out of bed, I prepare breakfast for the kids, and blend a protein smoothie with fruits, ginger, quark and chia seeds to kick-start my day. For me, this is the optimal breakfast as it is high in protein but low in carbs, and it keeps my blood sugar level stable until at least midday.
I try to exercise 3 to 4 times a week and I prefer to workout in the morning, so sometimes I get up earlier to go to the gym before the work day starts.
At work, the whole team meditates together after our daily morning meeting, which is something that helps increase focus, calmness and productivity.
I am obviously biased here, but I use my own app Remente to manage my life and be more productive (that is what the app is for, after all!). Remente helps me to set long-term goals and plan the day. The balance between these two gives me a great overview of what I need to do, both from a short and long-term perspective.
I plan my day first thing every morning. This way I can improve my productivity and manage stress much better, by creating structure and priorities for the day ahead. I use the following method:
I am also a big user of Slack to communicate with the team. I feel it is a very effective way to communicate and to keep the team instantly up-to-date.
I have a white iPhone 6 with 128 GB storage. My past iPhone only had 16 GB of storage so I had to erase photos all the time. Upgrading to 128 GB was one of the best life hacks ever, as I now never have to erase apps or files due to limited space.
Every day, I meet with about 10-50 people. It depends on if I’m at an event, visiting a customer or working from the office in Gothenburg. In a regular day, the people I meet are other tech entrepreneurs, corporate partners and co-workers.
Influence – The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialdini, which explains why people say yes to things. It provide me a really interesting insight into the human psyche.
I think Barack Obama is a really cool cat, and I would ask him: What’s your advice on how to unite the world from this point forward?
I come home from work around 4-6 pm to spend time with my wife and kids in the evening.
Normally I work from home for an hour when the kids are asleep. And to wind down, I typically read an e-book or watch a show on Netflix or HBO.
I make sure not to check emails in my bed or just before getting to bed, as that could heavily disrupt the winding down process.
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