Age: 22 years
Occupation: Starting my own business, Student at Stockholm School of Economics
Intentions with the project: My intentions are to work full-time with the launch of my new business, pass my course at school with distinction and during the period still be able to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Background: I’m born and raised in Stockholm, in big family of eight people. I’m currently a second year student at Stockholm School of Economics, starting up my second business, a service that will help Swedish individuals to lower their interest charges when borrowing money. Previously, I’ve worked as head of sales at an independent financial advisory firm where I helped the company to grow from twenty to a hundred sales representatives. In 2009 I founded Eventbook.se together with two fellow students, a company which we are now about to sell. I consider myself as an active person and play tennis and squash as well as practice Thai boxing and skiing. I enjoy spending my spare time with my girlfriend, family or friends.
Intentions with the Lean on Myself project
Myself: My personal goals are to increase my level of efficiency and skills of planning in order to do more in less time, minimize stress factors and most important find a good balance between professional and private life. I also hope to continue enhance my knowledge of lean management and communicology. As a result I hope to develop skills and understanding about myself, others and processes that I will find useful in my professional as well as private life. Furthermore, as part of my goal to have a healthy lifestyle I’m going to work out four times per week.
My Relationships: My girlfriend, family and close friends are all really important to me and my goals are to spend more quality time with them, support them and show them more of my love and appreciation.
My Home: I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my home. I want it to be clean and my things to be in order at all times and my goal is develop routines to keep it that way. I’ve lived in my apartment for almost two years and I’ve still have finish the last interiors, during the project I’m going to finish that.
My School: I don’t prioritize school but I would still would like to reach a high grade, probably C. More important for me is that I would like to keep on track and never study more than two hours per day and instead focus on managing my business.
The first step is to finish the selling of Eventbook. After that I want to focus on my new business and my goals are that together with my colleague finalize the business plan, find more experienced members to the board, establish important collaborations, set up market research and plan, find a great programmer and start programming and finally find investors. We hope to be able to launch the service in august 2011.
When sitting in Library, at school or home reading page after page I often find myself daydreaming about something far away from the thrilling literature of the finance course I’m taking now. I think this is a common problem.
Sometimes I wake up after reading for an hour or two and try to retell what I’ve just read and I can’t remember anything. For me, this is a really ineffective way of studying I have to activate myself by summarizing each chapter or subchapter or even better work with some tasks in order to process and understand how to use my new knowledge.
Nowadays, I start a new course at school by looking at the final exams so that I understand where I need to put my focus when planning my studies. Furthermore I, if possible, continue by summarizing other or old summaries, work with tasks and finally do all old exams I can find.
I’ve always been really optimistic when it comes to time and setting up goals for what I feel is reasonable to accomplish during one day. I tend to underestimate the expenditure of time over and over again. As a result in the end of the day, both before and during this project, I can feel really unsatisfied about my own performance.
When I look back at the days of the project and compare my rating of different days I see that days where I’ve in my proaction has planned to do excessive amount of work I also end up with a really overall rate of day and as a result a bad state.
However in order to get around this problem I have to change my unrealistic way of planning by
1. Start setting realistic goals
2. Dedicate specific hours for each goal
3. Add extra time for goals I find hard to estimate time needed
Hopefully this will help me feel less stressed, more satisfied and able to credit myself for reaching my goals.
During the project I’ve this far realized that when I become really stressed and have to produce a lot or prioritize something ahead of something else, my training is repetitive the area the suffers because of lack of time. Furthermore, when I’m for example in the gym by myself I don’t push myself close to the levels I do when I workout together with someone. In order to reach my training goals for the summer this is something that I have to change.
Besides the fact that I have to respect the time I put up as training time I also have to find a smart way to enforce myself to train more often. Therefore I think a good solution will be to set up three workout hours together with friends each week. Moreover, it’s much more fun, I push myself harder and it’s a nice way for me to meet my friends during the weeks, so hopefully this will help me prioritize and reach my goal of training – four times per week.
Today we have worked with a mental training form called commuicology a theory where communication is the instrument and transformation is the goal. I have the capability to reprocess bad memories that happened for a long time ago, which creates anxiety and puts me in a bad mood.
Communicology is a result of comparison, evaluation and screening of decades of research within pedagogies, coaching, therapy, wellness and conflict resolution. Today we worked with techniques that you can use on yourself to work with different bad and good memories. We focused on looking at different incidents in a third persons perspective, which helped me to look at my old me with a new distance. Furthermore we did a test were we visualized the same bad memories or regrets, but instead we figured ourselves as how the persons we are today would have acted in the same situation.
The training gave me a new skill to be able to separate the old me from the person that I am today, which I think is important when bad memories appears.
Swedish winters are quiet dark and consequently in January this year I started having problems being on time at work in the mornings. When you run a company with employees, it’s not a good thing to do.
After trying conventional methods such as putting the alarm clock far away from bed and setting three different alarms without any success I realized that I had to do something drastically. I talked to my colleagues at work who also had the same problem and together we decided to set up the “Lunch-rule”.
The Lunch rule was quite simple and implied that if you were late one morning you had to pay for one of your collegues’ lunch if he/she was on time the same morning. The rule had a great effect – we’re all on time nearly every day after the introduction of the lunch rule.
However, even thought I generally do prefer rewards rather than punishments, my learning point in this specific matter is that punishments/rules are really effective!