I am the founder & designer of Atelier Karasinski, a design agency established in 2011, based in Vienna, Austria.
I am in no means an early bird. As I was born almost midnight on a Sunday back in 1990, I need at least 10-12 hours of sleep every night. So my basic wake up hour is as at about 11am.
It’s an iPhone carillon.
The first thing I do is stretch, check the time and my phone. Get up, drink black tea with milk and check my mails.
I usually never eat breakfast as I feel more concentrated on an empty stomach in the morning (bloodflow, I guess). But I love getting big nice breakfasts including some eggs benedict, a big coffee with milk or chai and a typical AustrianSchnittlauchbrot, which is a full-grain bread with butter and chives, on free days I have breakfast with my friends.
My peak productive times are changing year after year. I used to be a late night worker and was in the zone late at night until 2am. Nowadays I can work the best from 1 to about 5pm after I’ve checked my mails and returned all calls.
Oh yes, sleep influences my work a lot. If I don’t get a goodnight’s sleep I will not be able to work properly. I love sleeping!
Since I’ve changed my work hours recently (11am to 7pm) and forced myself to allow myself more free time and time for myself out of the office I am getting a much more better sleep.
I sleep best in my bed, when it’s slightly cold in my apartment.
Besides the daily rituals in the bathroom, I never go to bed without a glass of fresh water beside my bed. Because I drink way to less water during the day I often wake up at night and drink water in my sleep.
I do collect my dreams in a dream diary. After going out on the weekends, I often dream that my night is going on in my dream with the exact same people, in the exact same place, just very weird things happen. I really like these kind of dreams, because they are like my own little sci-fi movie in my head.
Most ideas that come into my head evolve under the shower or in meditation mode.
It totally depends on the season or my mood. Last night I wore striped sleeping pants, cozy socks and a very cuddly oversized sweater as I felt really cold at night.
Big, cozy, a lot of pillows.
In a discotheque. I went to a big techno club with my sister when I was 14 or 15 and fell asleep on a lounge chair by the dancefloor.
Mostly we process experiences we had during the day in our dreams, our muscles rest, our heartbeat gets slower.
None, I watch endless episodes on Netflix until I fall asleep.
Traveling around the world.
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