What’s your morning routine?
I usually get up around 7:00am. After stretching extensively and taking a good sip of water, I listen to the news or the Handelsblatt Morning Briefing. While I’m doing that, I make my coffee (black, no sugar) and as soon as it’s brewed, the first thing I do is go out on the balcony and enjoy a big warm cup while I take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy the morning calm while looking towards the city skyline and the Alps.
How do you organise your day?
I’m generally a big fan of handwritten to-do lists. While organising the day’s tasks, I can already be visually creative in this way. So at the end of the working day, I write down the most important to-dos for the next day. The next morning, I go through them sorted by priority and update new, additional tasks accordingly, which are usually added after a glance in the mailbox.
When are you the most productive?
When it comes to productivity, the word ‘hybrid’ applies perfectly to me: I am very productive in the early morning hours as well as from late afternoon. After lunch, which is enormously important and an absolute must for me, calls and Zoom meetings are the perfect change.
What is your favourite workplace?
I enjoy my home office set up: the freedom to furnish it in the way that suits you best makes it my preferred work oasis. Besides a large window front with a view of the Olympiaberg, I enjoy the absolute silence in this bubble. I think it’s great when it’s so quiet to work that you can hear a leaf fall. For me, it’s the perfect environment to let my thoughts run free and grab for new ideas.
What’s your favourite thing about working remotely?
The opportunities I would not like to miss are flexibility and the fact that you can structure your work around your life thanks to Tyto’s remote working model. It literally gives you a sense of freedom to work anywhere you choose – whether it’s in a home office, with family or in a co-working space with colleagues in other countries: there are no limits and working itself is taken to a more human level. That is really special!
What do you miss about working in an office?
Certainly, meetings in real life cannot be compared with digital meet-ups. Talking and socialising with colleagues in the office obviously moves to the digital arena when working remotely – but I wouldn’t describe it as missing or lacking. At Tyto, it’s hardly noticeable that we don’t sit face to face IRL, as we are connected through many social team activities and continuous Slack messages and can get to know each other (better) in this way. But the exciting aspect is that there are the Hackweeks and the Tyto Passport as a way to connect with my colleagues in person.
What’s your secret weapon?
The green parks in my neighbourhood. I’m a big lover of exercise for balance and to clear my head. For a creativity boost or to switch off, I like to go for a walk outside in the nature. Not only is it good for the body, but above all it allows new ideas to bubble up and always offers me an opportunity for a change of perspective.