We’re in Chiasso since a month.
Day after day we’re getting used to this new place, quiet different in many ways than our previous one.
For almost 5 years I evangelised the benefits of working from home and gave some advices and tips of my own, but having an office space has some great advantages too: the main one is finally realising that there’s a natural scheduling of working hours and non-working hours, that it means a better work life balance than we had previously.
Actually, I think it’s all about lights.
When it’s dark (early morning, late afternoon or, in cold winter days, when it’s rainy or foggy), lights in the offices are on. It’s the sign that you’re at the beginning or at the end of the working day. I just came up with it and, although this is not the most brilliant intuition I got so far, I thought it was worth to mention it.
But all this reminds me to Donald Fagen’s The Nightfly. My past radio experience, the right kind of music in the background and all this story about the lights, has some romance in it…
Just because you are in startup mode it does not mean that all the rest magically disappears. On the opposite, your daily duties see an additional, huge, amount of work.
You might have seen that for some weeks we have put on hold our side project Nearbors in favour of Plastical. Yet, we’re dealing with two different activities and we have to balance the amount of time ad efforts we put in each one. Priorities change according to what are the opportunities that arise around one of them. Read more on »
Today it’s my turn. Ryan
forced me asked me to write a couple of words about my day and my adventurous trip by train. To be honest, there’s nothing special about it, but ok…
I woke up at 5 and it was snowing. Experience taught me that snow and motorways, especially in Ticino, don’t come along. In fact, by listening to the radio and having a look at the Canton’s motorways webcams my fears proved to be founded. No way to take the car, drive with a huge traffic jam and reach SUPSI on time! Read more on »
Writing about daily activities seems more challenging than I thought… I must admit that yesterday (and also today) I was completely focused on an important project (for which I’m also late, but this is another story) and I couldn’t come up with something meaningful to write about.
Probably it’s about inspiration. But writing (and I don’t mean being a journalist, a blogger or a top selling author, just someone who’s able to write down some words with a meaning) it’s though. But I want to keep the promise and try to tell you what happened in these last 48 hours. Read more on »
A rainy, lazy, cold, winter working day.
There’s nothing more daunting than having to think about how to manage your waste… It’s a complicated task that requires a notable effort, especially if you do care about the environment.
Here in Chiasso, paper is collected at least twice a month. Which isn’t bad at all. Your task as an individual or as a company is trying find ways to carefully place your boxes, your thrown documents or anything paper-based that is easily reachable at the right time. Read: take out that mass of stuff out of the door when the urban facilities come to pick it up.
Cool, isn’t it?
Well, the flip side is that paper is collected on Monday’s, which turns into a hellish nightmare for companies: they have bring it out and place it near the garbage on Sunday evenings… And since no employees would be happy to do it, it’s a founders task! Not so cool anymore…
So, dear Municipality, why Monday???
Today I experienced some hours working from our new office. Finally we have the landline and the internet connection properly set and I was able to connect and work for some hours.
It just feels good. And satisfying. I could not stop having a smile pictured on my face.
I know it won’t last, but I hope it will last for a long time.
Have an awesome Weekend!
We already told you that we turned into startuppers, right?
Well, for almost a decade we had our wash machine in house. Great confort and great autonomy in doing the laundry when we wanted. Really, a time saver. to tell the truth, for us, living without it, was unconceivable… However, here in Chiasso we weren’t allowed to have one at home and so we had to get used to to this new situation.
So, today I had the first impact with the condos shared laundry… Our scheduled time is of 4 hours on Thursdays, from 5pm to 9pm. A tight schedule to do everything, but I made it!
Briefly, from now on, my Thursday’s “happy hour” will be do laundry and go running. Nice, uh?
Everybody evangelises “change”, renewal, innovation… But at the end of the day nobody really wants changes. That’s it. End of story.
When we first said that we will move, everyone thought that we’re going in some super-condo flat with a panoramic view on the lake of Lugano. Instead, we took the downsizing path and took a modest – but really cute – flat just to be closer to our new office spaces. Bummer. The voices we heard were a choir of disagreement. For them, our decision, was a step back and not a step forward, thus a negative change, a bad change. Read more on »
So, this post comes after a while. A lot happened during the last year and we must admit that we didn’t like 2013 too much.
We moved. Yes. We took our private and professional lives, put them in a blender and turn it on. The result? Well we have (almost) launched a startup. We have been involved in lots of initiatives to promote innovation and startups and we finally have been asked to join the team of the Agire foundation to support them with the management of the digital hub in Chiasso. Read more on »