Monthly Archive January 2017


The Best Idea You Never Had

What’s the best idea you never had?

It’s a bit of a brainteaser but worth thinking about. Time to honour all the great ideas that passed you by, all the great ideas you never acted on, all the ideas that could have been great if only you could remember them.

Everyone has had a flash of inspiration and a thought that could make them a millionaire. But dreaming of riches doesn’t get the idea done and too often we move onto the next thing, more pressing business, and the idea drifts away unremembered.

Nowhere is that more common or more frustrating than when we are driving. Great ideas while driving are so common because of the repetitive and automatic movement and concentration that frees up the subconscious parts of our brain to get busy.

Travelling can also prompt ideas as you get a lot of input – signs, shops and businesses, maybe the radio or other audio – and this all comes together to stew in your mind. Sometimes a great idea pops out.

But, tragically, we are driving and we can’t write it down – unsafe and illegal. It might be inconvenient or impossible to pull over – on a motorway for instance. Or we don’t have time and can’t interrupt our journey.

Within seconds our brain is moving on – to the van in front that just cut us up, pedestrians risking life and limb to cross the road right in front of us. A lot of driving is automatic muscle memory but we are still on high alert and things can change quickly.

So the best idea you never had quickly drifts away. Afterwards you might be able to recall having a great idea but having no clue what that great idea was.

Avoid having to kick yourself – or getting into an accident or picking up a driving penalty – by using MessageMia. Your hands-free notebook you can call Mia and leave a message with your great idea and it will be transcribed and emailed back to you. Not just for earth-shatteringly great ideas while driving but any idea, to-do item, tasks, inspiration for a gift, perfect phrase for a tricky email or a presentation you are writing. Whenever and wherever an idea strikes you can capture it hands-free, safe and legal.


Safe and Productive Driving Until We Go Driverless

A staple of sci fi is the driverless car. Back in the 50s all the pulpy movies and stories imagined we would be whizzing around in them by now. Self driving cars are having a rocky journey but their eventual dominance seems inevitable.

And with good reason. Autonomous cars are vastly safer than human drivers, can’t get tired or distracted, instantly have thousands of hours of driving experience, can sync with each other and remove all concerns of human error. Transport and travel becomes more efficient – no need for traffic lights if the cars can negotiate the right order amongst themselves.

Our lives get more productive as well. All that time freed up from commuting and travel.

We might not be achieving that yet, but driverless cars or no, you can still free up your commute and travel time to be more productive, as well as safer, with MessageMia.

Your hands-free notebook, MessageMia allows you to dictate your notes, to dos, great ideas, tasks, emails and more, even while you are driving. Your notes are transcribed and emailed back to you, ready to use.

Some other great ways to put your commute to use include listening to podcasts, audiobooks or learning a language.

In the privacy of your own car you won’t mind fumbling some French pronunciation or getting confused with Japanese. Reciting along with a language cassette tape, CD, MP3 or podcast is of a long tradition and effective too. The daily routine offered by your commute is great to build up practice and it helps keep you sharp while driving too.

A lot of people wouldn’t read a book even in a driverless car as it makes them travel sick. But whether you prefer a mystery, romance, or latest celebrity memoir, audiobooks are the way to go when driving. You can power through a lot of book in half an hour a day and it helps make the commute more bearable.

Podcasts are also a fantastic way to make the most of your commuting time. There are a massive range out there so you are guaranteed to find something to entertain or educate.

Of course if you want to make notes on anything you’ve just heard, any great ideas it prompted, or tasks you remembered, hit the pause on your audio and call MessageMia hands-free. Leave your message and then continue on your way – your transcript and original voice recording will be waiting in your email for when your driving is done.


MessageMia for Better Driving

MessageMia is your hands-free notebook and makes your driving legal, safe and productive. Just all-round better, as we can see here.


First and most importantly, it is an offence to use a mobile phone while driving. If you are holding your phone to make a note, send a text, or use an app, you are breaking the law. From 2017 the penalty is six points on your licence and a £200 fine.

For people who have recently passed their test six points is an instant removal of the driving licence. For commuters and those who drive for a living it is too big a risk to take, especially if you are already carrying points.

MessageMia is hands-free so you stay legal. Just use your normal hands-free kit with your phone to call Mia while on the road.

Using a phone while driving is illegal because it’s so dangerous, which brings up to our second advantage of MessageMia…


Accidents happen when people take their eyes and concentration off the road. The legal penalties above show just how seriously this is being taken and using your phone while driving will soon be as taboo as drink driving and speeding.

If your business has a fleet or uses drivers there are health and safety implications and liabilities to consider. You don’t want to have avoidable accidents to deal with because someone was texting or emailing while driving.

With MessageMia you or your drivers can make notes hands-free that will be emailed back and can be dealt with when it is safe.

People are tempted to be unsafe because they want to be productive while driving, which MessageMia can also help with…

More productive

Driving and commuting time might seem like wasted time because we are so limited in what we can do. But we are likely to have great ideas while driving.

The automatic gestures and concentration of driving, when our brain is on autopilot, plus the changing scenery and movement, trigger the brain to be creative and free thinking. New ideas, remembering to-do tasks, or thinking of great phrases for a speech or email are all common.

Using MessageMia you can capture all these great ideas and to-dos. It really is your hands-free notebook.


The Power of Tiny Time

We’ve been looking at New Year’s Resolutions for the past few weeks and hopefully yours are going well. Now we are starting to come out of our New Year hangovers and get to grips with 2017 let’s start small. Really small.

We know that multitasking is out – declared unproductive and a sap on our mental bandwidth. Long, concentrated effort is where it is at now. Hours of unbroken, undisturbed time to get absorbed and find that flow state.

Which is great but unfortunately life does not always contain many spaces for such big blocks of time. Carve it out where you can find it but there’s another option too – tiny bits of time put to work and made into something great.

These snatches of time that might at first glance seem too small can be incredibly powerful when taken together. If you want to read more, practice an instrument, learn to code, write a book, draw… don’t discount smaller chunks of time. Procrastination will tell you that there’s no point if the setup isn’t perfect or you don’t have hours to devote to your project. But when done consistently on a daily basis even a few minutes can really add up. And it strengthens the habit so it becomes routine – if you get the chance to expand the time you can.

Newspapers offer digested reads, there are plenty of short instructional YouTube videos and Blinkist is a service that reduces non-fiction books to fifteen minutes of “blinks” – all great ways to squeeze a bit of learning into your day using those spare minutes waiting in line for your lunch or on the bus.

Don’t discount your commute either. Have great ideas while driving and record them safely with hands-free MessageMia. Be more productive, list your to dos and never forget a great idea while driving – call up and leave your message and it is transcribed and emailed back to you. So you can make the most of even the smallest, most inconvenient bits of time.