I am Markus and I am producing an organic and handcrafted Gin in Southern Styria, Austria. I am running the business together with my two siblings, my dad and my sister's boyfriend. I don't really have a regular schedule. Sometimes I spend the whole day wrapping and packing up Gin bottles, sometimes I am on the road and on meetings, sometimes I spend the whole day peeling lemons, cutting juniper berries or preparing other things for our Gin or I am renovating the small farmhouse I live in.
No, not really – but it depends. I always try to get a good amount of sleep (around 8h) but since I go to bed fairly late, I usually get up around 8 or 9. I just moved up to the Langaberg about half a year ago when we started our Gin business and the nice thing about my little farmhouse up there is, that in summer the very first morning rays shine directly through a small window into my face and wake me up gently. If anyone else would wake me up at 5 in the morning I would be pretty annoyed - but really – who does get mad at sunshine? For me that is the best way to wake up and start the day.
I recently got this alarmclock that wakes me up with fake sunbeams if the real ones are hiding between clouds outside. It´s funny. It starts with an orange, lighter light and gets more and more intense.
I turn on music and check my e-mails.
I really love to have a good, long breakfast with scrambled eggs and ham and some fresh fruits or a smoothie. I don´t really do that during the week though, that´s more for the weekends. During the week I am ok with a coffee and something down the road.
I am most productive in the late evenings and nights. After a certain point in the afternoon I really wake up and the ideas and motivation keep flowing.
Yes, sleep influences my work for sure. Everyone that is saying something different is lying. Of course it depends though – if I don't get any sleep and I have to go to an event the next day where I have to talk lot with people about our Gin, it’s not really advantageous to look and feel like a zombie. If I just have to be in our warehouse it doesn´t really matter, I will get the work done... maybe it takes a little longer but it doesn't really do too much harm.
Hmm I have slept at many places already. But I think that I sleep best at home in my old farmhouse on the Langaberg in my own bed. Apart from that, I like hammocks a lot. A friend of mine down at the lake put one between two trees so that the hammock is floating above the lake which is pretty nice. I love hearing just the ripple of the water and the sounds of nature around to relax and fall asleep.
Haha. Yes, I do push-ups!
Yes, I remember dreams relatively often. But mostly it’s just parts of it and mostly it’s something I experienced during the day, just mixed up in a crazy adventure.
Yes! I actually was dreaming of doing a round-the-world trip very vividly night after night before I actually decided to start planning on it and realizing it for real. When I was little I also once was dreaming about something that I built in my spare time then – I can´t really remember – it was some kind of device I think.
Pillow-y. Small. Bright.
When I was in San Francisco for a while I was wandering around with no shoes and no shirt on and I accidentally fell asleep in a park. When I woke up there were 10 homeless people sleeping around me. That definitely was special.
I think that we process a lot that happens during the day mentally and physically.
I don’t do that. I think I could count a million. I´d be too focused on it so it would have the opposite effect on me.
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