Boss It Like

How To Boss It Like… David Brudö, serial founder & CEO at Remente

By Kitty Knowles 5 January 2017

These leaders are changing our world for the better. We find out how they get the job done.

There are a handful of business leaders and industry figures in Britain who are changing the world.

From Charlotte Pearce to Brent Hoberman and Charles Armstrong, these smart people seem to get an incredible amount done, in an impossibly short space of time.

This morning we’re talking to David Brudö, co-founder and CEO at Remente, who is undoubtedly a productivity guru.

Meet David Brudö

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.

What time do you get up, and what part of your morning routine sets you up for the day?

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.

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What apps do you use to be more productive?

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:

  • Most important thing first.
  • Take regular breaks, as the brain’s capacity to focus over longer periods of time is limited.
  • Do one thing at a time, as our brain isn’t as good at multitasking.
  • Keep at least 20% of your day unplanned for all the unexpected things that might and will occur throughout the day.
  • Vary fun and tedious tasks, so you get variation during the day and keep your brain active and alert.
  • Set aside certain times when you allow yourself to check your emails.
  • Limit your daily ‘to do’s’ to things you actually have a chance of completing. Be realistic and try to put three things on the list rather than 20. Otherwise the process can become an exercise in guilt; listing everything you didn’t do, as opposed to celebrating your accomplishments.

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.

What smartphone do you have?

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.

How many people, outside of family, do you meet in a day?

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.

What book have you read, either recently or in the past, that has inspired you?

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.

If you could ask your idol one question, who would it be, and what would you ask?

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?

When do you work until? Are you still sending emails in the night? Or do you have a wind down routine?

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.

Come back next Thursday for our next #BossItLike interview, and get in touch if you know a leader who’s also a productivity guru for us to talk to.