creative problem solver, analytical digital marketing and e-commerce expert, efficiency & automation addict, smart home & IoT nerd, loving father.
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Whenever I develop a tool or piece of software, I try to make it usable and available for the largest audience possible. These are the projects I have recently built and shipped to the community:
customized TikTok Sounds for valueable content creators
Want to upload 60 sec infotainment content to TikTok but lacking the right sound?
Add this intro sounds to your videos to catch attention and minimize distraction.
Amazon Alexa Voice Skill
for regaining concentration
In a fraction of a second you can lose your focus.
Gaining it back should not take more than 1 minute!
"Beginning Player Selector"
Amazon Alexa Voice Skill
for varied player selection
Having trouble selecting a player to begin a (board-) game?
Let this skill help you with that tough decision!
Digital Board Game Companion
for Carcassonne geeks
Want to choose the perfect combination of Carcassonne Board Game Expansions?
Use (and feel free to contribute to) this utility website completely hosted on GitHub.
Work in Progress…
These are the main projects I am currently working on. Test the beta versions or sign up for the latest infos:
The worlds first truely adaptive ambiant sound player that adapts to your environment!
Do you like to listen to ambiant sounds but feel distracted by a sound mix that does not match the current environmental conditions?
My daily habbit stack.
Boosting productivity day by day. Developing both functional and highly effective habbit stacks. This is my routine:
05:30am setting the attitude
- Every weekday starts with the same reproducible hyper intentional morning routine: alarm clock - no snoozing. Brushing teeth and taking a shower mixing hot and cold water [it feels like hitting the fast forward button on your life, try it if you haven't. I guarantee, you will not be disappointed!] accompanied by various smart bulbs all over my house mimicking a colorful sunrise to get energized for the day.
- Slipping on a pair of jeans and one of the five shirts that I iron each weekend to minimize the time thinking about what to wear. By that time I have not yet checked any messages or news to be able to come up with unbiased thoughts.
06:15am priming the day
- Preparing breakfast, having my first espresso dopio from a decent portafilter machine, listening to my personal news selection on a smart speaker. Using a custom skill, you can easily add information to your Alexa morning briefing like a countdown for a deadline of a personal project, advanced weather and public transport information, etc.
- Checking messages, skimming through some news to find out what has happened while I was sleeping. I am wearing my Pegasi Smart light therapy glasses 2 which improve my sleep and boost my energy level in the midmorning by emitting pecific wavelenght of green light to reduce the melatonin concentration.
07:00am getting a headstart
- Leaving the house, commuting to work. When I tell someone that I commute an hour each morning, people tend to react compassionately. But from my perspective, the following hour represents a fix slot in my habbit stack since I am facing 1h of productive time. See what I did there? Rather than seeing the negative aspects of my daily commute, I focus on the positive advantages it entails. I used to have a 20 minute walk to work. Listening to my favourite set of podcasts and ebooks from audible. However, now I am able to turn this - how I call it - "consume time" into "productive time". "Wasting" the time of your daily commute might feel like only a short proportion of your daily wake time but if you consider the cumulative time spent being unproductive over years you would make a painful mistake losing weeks of possible productive time.
- My commute is usually the moment where I devote myself to personal projects, mostly tech related: SSHing into my DigitalOcean Server to write some lines of code or fixing a bug, plotting down ideas in OneNote.
- More than 96% of the time [Yes, I really tracked this over more than a hundred commutes] I can rely on a free seat in both the bus and the train leaving me with a 30min backup plan per week where I will have to prepare something I can do on my phone instead of my laptop (e.g. this schedule was written on my phone using my favourite most versatile note taking app OneNote).
08:15am it’s like creativity and efficiency had a baby
- Arriving at work. Getting my workplace prepared with a cup of tea and a bottle of water and hook my Raspberry Pi productivity dashboard to its power source.
- The first program I open up in my laptop is Trello, where I arrange today's tasks in my Planyway calenders view, filling the blank spots between calls and meetings. Excessively using the Pomodoro technique for more than a decade now forced me to drill down each card on the list to exceed no more than a 25min slot.
12:00am ever reconsidered your lunch habbits?
- Meal prep it is! Eating my salad or heating up a bowl of veggie-soup takes no more than 15-20 minutes.ore is less: I avoid drowning myself in a lunch coma by shunning high carb meals and too large portions. Obviously using the lunch break to catch up with aquantainces is a common practice, however going out for lunch will set me back at least one Pomodoro slot. In addition: my mouth is not made for multitasking - eating and communicating at the same time.
- After Lunch I am wearing my Barner glasses, another kickstarter campaign I backed ,which in turn block the blue light from my trippe monitor setupg computer screens reducing the risk of computer vision syndrome.
05:00pm reached your goal for the day?
- Finishing my last tasks and reflect back on the day: Have the important tasks been finished? Which tasks should be added to the "to-do column" for the following workday?
- Cleaning up my desk ensures that I will return to a tidy workspace the next day thus I can directly start focussing on my main tasks without any legacy mess from the previous day.
- Heading back home, two consecutive Pomodoro timer slots lay ahead of me during my bus and train ride.
- The best time to read a book or listen to an ebook or consume an in-depth long online article that I have bookmarked to read in the train. I set myself a weekly goal in what to read during my commute. Want to speed up your reading? Technology-wise take the shortcut and try Spritz or spend practise time with Breakthrough Rapid Reading.
- Leave nothing for tomorrow which can be done today!
06:30pm spending time with your loved ones
- Arriving home, acclaimed by the bright smiles of my daughter and wife, the afternoon tees off with relaxed personal time. Nothing to keep track of, no schedules.
- I adapted the idea of different roles everyone fills. Being a father and a husband comes with liabilities and pleasures I am happy to latch onto. Hence this slot is filled with dinner, playing games (utilizing my truly random "Beginning Player Selector"-Alexa Skill that I developed a couple of years ago) and maintaining the household.
- However, being private time does not necessarily mean this slot is lacking productivity! Most of my household is automated: Vacuum cleaner robots are running autonomously on each floor, the mood of the lighting and the shades adapt to various environmental factors and the whole garden (lawn, beds and even my flower pots are getting watered based on weather conditions and forecasts).
08:00pm keep pushing!
- Leveraging the benefits of a desk and fast WiFi you will most likely find my either writing some lines of code (so I basically work after work) or define a couple of new rules within my house automation systems.
- You might have guessed it: In order to get my focus on the task at hand, J have created a "1-minute break"-Alexa Skill that helps you clearing your mind and get back on track in just 60 seconds. Since this timeslot is oftentimes occupied by other personal obligations, it is rarely taken advatage of. In that case I try to at least synchronize the new features or copy I have written to my servers. Uploading software to production in the train is not the best idea. This is why I write my code offline in a test environment and ship it, when I get back home or arrive at the office.
- Time to prepare for bedtime. One spot in my bedtime habbit stack is reserved for my monthly challenges related to health and/or education. Testing a meditation app, doing a proper stretching workout or learning a new skill chunk by chunk that only requires a maximum of 10min - a portion of time everyone is able to add to the habbit stack. Remember: Be brave enough to suck at something new.
Time to by the end of this day.
Website currently under construction…
I am currently working on some new tools, while migrating old content and playing around with a couple of new features.