Julian J. Schrader

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Treat your head right.

The new year has begun, and whether or not you set new year’s resolutions or are continuously improving your plans, one thing is for sure: A calm mind thinketh better! Something that helps me a lot to stay calm and keep focused is meditation. After trying different techniques on and off for years, I settled into using an app called [...]

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Morning Routine? Yes, and relax.

I like to get up early and follow a pretty strict morning routine. I prefer autopilot over making a ton of little decisions in the morning. When I settled in to a specific routine and began to change it less and less, I started skipping over the latest MyMorningRoutine.com interviews in my inbox, and finally unsubscribed. I felt like I [...]

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Prioritology

A primer on how to act on priority. There aren’t many different priorities, since priority is binary. Something either is (high) priority or not a priority. As soon as that’s understood, acting on prioritized tasks becomes easy: HIGH → Let’s do it. ASAP. Medium → Next time. If there’s time. Low → 🗑 And as hard as it feels, take those low [...]

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Recognize and Prevent Failures by Design

A notification pops up, I tap “complete”, set out to do it after the current task is done, and forget about it. Sounds familiar? If I’m lucky, I remember to do my task later. But usually by then it’s too late. I didn’t put the task on my todo-list and set up the reminder instead, because it was time-sensitive. This is a failure by [...]

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GründerTalk: Wahnsinniger Fokus! [DE]

Note: Attorney at Law Carsten Lexa, LL.M. interviewed me on GründerTalk, a startup and founders show in German language. Therefore this post is in German as well, sorry! Rechtsanwalt Carsten Lexa, LL.M. hat mich für die Show GründerTalk der Initiative Gründen@Würzburg vor die Kamera gebeten, um von meinen Erfahrungen aus den ersten vier [...]

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"All great things have small beginnings."
— Peter Senge

The Power of Starting Small

For a couple of months now, we start every project at Sophisticates using what we call an “MVP workshop”. Many clients come to us with their vision of a custom software, but not a specific plan of what exactly it is they need. So the first thing we do is figure out which features we really need to build in order to create a useful [...]

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