#myweek 03/2020

Ok, here’s what happened in #myweek:

✅ Patent prosecution work for inventions relating to computer boot management, data backup&restore techniques, telecommunications protocols.

✅ Sebastian Müller and I have been invited to repeat our lecture “What entrepreneurs need to know about patents” at the CDTM. The lecture is part of CDTM’s Trend Seminar for 25 students of the interdisciplinary study program Technology Management. Thanks to the nice CDTM people Philipp Hulm and Philipp Hofsommer for the invitation.

✅ Had a job interview with a potential patent attorney trainee (yes, we’re hiring!).

On my agenda for next week:

➡ Draft a patent application about cloud connectivity for industrial controllers

➡ First meeting of the social media team in 2020 to boost our online game even more 😉

Motto for the week ahead:

“Opportunity can’t knock on your door if it doesn’t know where you live.”

John Stepper

How was YOUR week?

AI and the future of work

What will happen when (weak) AI has automated all routine work?

Option A: Being freed from the tedious and less sophisticated parts of work, we will happily take on the more challenging tasks, and will also find fulfillment in other things than paid work. Basically a liberation from the annoying part of labor à la Frithjof Bergmann and Frederic Laloux.

Option B: All that’s left for us to do are mentally very challenging tasks, problem cases, customer complaints, missed deadlines, liability cases. Burnout rates will skyrocket and we will wish back the old days where one could mentally recharge during the less complex tasks of one’s workday (more of a Gunter Dück‘ian dystopia).

What’s your forecast? And which human skills will be required to create a desirable future?

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Make a damn schedule, and stick to it

Here’s a meaningful way to start your 2020*:

1. Pick some goals and write them down.
2. Check your calendar and block time every week to work on each goal.
3. Repeat every month.

(* This is not invented by me, but I got the idea from Michael Trautmann’s and Christoph Magnussen’s wonderful #OTWTNW podcast no. 181 with #WOL Working Out Loud mastermind John Stepper.)

Or just like Jordan Peterson said: Make a damn schedule, and stick to it.

Is your calendar aligned with your goals yet?

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Happy New Year 2020

2019 is over. Time for a little #yearinreview2019.

Here are 12 things I’ve learned in 2019 that I think are worth pursuing in 2020. Maybe I’ll share more if this is helpful:

  1. All progress comes from action.
  2. You are free to choose your state of mind.
  3. State what you want clearly, you’ll be surprised of the opportunities that will unfold.
  4. Establish a morning routine that focuses on production, not consumption.
  5. Aim for balance, avoid the extremes.
  6. Don’t do anything halfway.
  7. Stop doing the things you know aren’t good for you.
  8. Train your body, train your consciousness, train your ability to think.
  9. Be clear about your priorities, and re-evaluate them regularly.
  10. No one is in charge of your well-being, except you.
  11. Be more concerned with your character than your reputation.
  12. Allow yourself to be happy for no reason.

With these principles as guidelines, I’m really excited at what will manifest itself in 2020.

Which one is your favorite? And what are YOU aiming at in 2020?

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