How I Work: Mohammad Tauheed

Think of someone curious, geeky and confident. Can’t think of anyone? Think harder. While you think, let us introduce you to someone who carries these qualities with grace. Meet Mohammad Tauheed, a madman who keeps himself very busy with his many fields of interests. His answers speak for him, so let’s get right to them!

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Photo Credit: Israt Jahan Shumi

Location: Each time I answer this question I wish if I could reply ‘everywhere’ or ‘no where’ like I‘m moving around, one city to another, throughout the world!

Current and long time location: Dhaka, works around Dhanmondi, meetings-hangouts in Gulshan and sleep in Mohammadpur. use the fastest vehicle in Dhaka, a bicycle, everywhere I go. Catch me if you can with a car in this town.

Current gigI feel uncomfortable to answer this question, it’s a difficult one! I wear several hats of several colors, cool and uncool. I almost keep changing my headwear every one or two days on a weekly routine! I am: a freelance designer and architect, Editor in Chief at ArchSociety and related projects, a part-time consultant at TED’s HQ, Curator at TEDxDhaka, Curator at World Economic Forum’s Dhaka Hub. Sigh… no it’s not an ideal situation.

Current mobile device(s): Google Nexus 4, a rooted Kindle Fire tab running Jelly Bean.

Current computer(s): A 5+  years old MacBook. Replacing it next month with a customized MacBook Air, can’t wait!

One word that best describes how you work: Stubborn.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Oh my! It’s gonna be a long list! But if the question is “can’t live without” then it can be narrowed down to the apps/software I use everyday.

On mobile devices: Foursquare, Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Hangouts, Calendar, Timezone Converter clock, Evernote, WhatsApp, QRDroid, Toshl Finance, Endomondo, Strava, Trigger (for NFC tags), File Expert, MX Player, uTorrent, AutoCAD WS. 

On computer: Evernote, uTorrent, Picasa, FileZilla, iTunes, ArchiCAD, AutoCAD, SketchUp, Artlantis Studio, SketchBook Pro, Corel Draw, Photoshop, Illustrator, DreamWeaver, cPanel.
Manual tools: Post-it/Sticky-notes, lots of color markers and clutch pencils, sketchbook.

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Photo Credit: Ruhul Abdin

What’s your workspace like?

Typically a mess. I like open workspaces, where I can get easily distracted by fellow coworkers and do some quick chit-chats or fiery arguments. I hate working alone in a coop. I don’t mind noise, who wants to concentrate for long anyway?! Basically I‘m a big time fakibaaj.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

None. Wasting time on ‘other things’ is what I primarily do. I believe if your head is running, at the end of the day no time is wasted. Somehow every single distraction and apparent ‘waste of time’ pays you back.
Almost every ‘time saving trick’ comes with a price tag, often it takes a big toll. Getting things right is more important to me than getting things done quickly. So I don’t have any time-saving trick, I hate them, they spoil the art.

What’s your favourite to-do list manager?

A white-board with colorful sticky-notes and markers.
Digitally: Google Calendar and Trello.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

My wrist-watch iPod and the Jawbone UP band.

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?

Finding the god (or the devil) in the details. Always keeping an eye on details while designing, organizing, writing, editing, instructing etc is my thing. Also my weird multidisciplinary works and networks give me a unique ability of connecting unlikely dots and identifying patterns beyond boundaries.
 
Umm, among other silly things, I can type at around 70 WPM on computer while switching between apps (try beating me in live-tweeting!), sketch a portrait in 20 minutes, easily pick up 40+ kmph speed on my bicycle (challenge accepted!), be a super navigator in any new location, play good music – I‘m regarded as a good DJ at office (smug face smilee).

What are you currently reading?

Two books. A Bengali book, translated title: “Journalism: Ethics, Style and Freedom” by Dr. Shudhangshu Shekhar Roy and “Daring Greatly” by Brené Brown. And you know typically from the wake-up alarm to bed, those BuzzFeed, ViralNova, Tweets, long Wikipedia trails etc are consumed all the time. Those are considered ‘consumption’ or dope not ‘reading’ actually.

What do you listen to while you work?

Primarily the giggles and yelling of my coworkers, they are nuts. Oh and I don’t have any fixed genre of music that I listen to. From Forida Parveen to Jason Mraz I listen to everything that I find good. So it’s a very mixed playlist that I play. However, generally I don’t use music as a ‘background’ while working, when I listen to music, I listen to music and I don’t try to concentrate deeply in anything else. I tap my feet and play the table or anything near my hand as a groovy percussion instrument. My office table makes good sound hehehe.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Introvert. Social interaction exhausts me and makes me nervous.

What’s your sleep routine like?

Don’t ask! I often work on the ‘other time-zones’ so my sleeping routine is not a healthy one and not recommended for anyone. I generally go to sleep between 4 to 6 in the morning and wake up between 11 to 13. I‘m trying to change it though. God help!

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ________ answer these same questions.

The Chief Air-traffic Controller of DAC or LHR airport.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Don’t settle.

Twitter handle:

@mttwit

The ‘How I Work‘ series has been adapted from Lifehacker‘s series of the same name.
Monoshita Ayruani

Monoshita Ayruani

Co-founder at Mad Koffee
Monoshita is a skeptic, traveler, writer, bipolar! She loves to observe and note little everyday incidents, upholding the beauty of fleeting moments! She travels passionately, while tying to figure out her unique way of leaving a dot in the universe!
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