Indie Hacker Javi Ramirez
Published 20. may 2018 20:19
Who are you and what do you do for a living?
Hi there! :) My name is Javi Ramirez (rameerez) and I’m an indie startup/product creator from Madrid, Spain.
I believe products shape the world we live in. That’s why I code and design to turn ideas into real stuff that effect change, which happens to result in beautiful products (apps, chatbots, AI / BigData apps) that help people do cool stuff.
What's your morning routine like?
I actually wake up with Wakefy, the Spotify alarm clock I created – it helps me get out of bed in a great mood :-)
Then, after the typical coffee+shower ritual, I write down some tasks/goals for the day and I try to get the urgent + important stuff done first – that would be crises, missed calls, that kind of stuff.
I like to follow the Eisenhower decision matrix framework to plan out the day. According to it, you should get out of the way as quickly as possible the stuff that’s both urgent and important to focus on the stuff that’s important but not that urgent (which is actually what makes you go forward). Things that are not important (either urgent or not) or are not aligned with my life mission – I just don’t do them. I just ignore or reject them asap. This clears my mind and relieves a lot of stress.
What's a typical day at work like for you?
I try not to have a “typical day” ;-)
I like to work on a week by week basis. Every week, I review my goals and objectives. Then every day I just choose to do whatever motivates me the most that’s aligned with the current goals. That could be anything from spending the day tinkering with stuff from AI to design to data to explore new technologies, techniques or ideas for new products or features; or just sitting down and spend the whole day coding, writing emails, designing and getting stuff done in the most classic, boring fashion.
What do you do when you're not working?
I love to learn new things, so I spend a lot of time reading or just researching on the internet. It’s been a lot of marketing lately, before that it was techie stuff, like how to build and fly a drone, but it’s been anything from psychology to design to aircraft piloting. I also love teaching so I collaborate in as many opportunities as I get to spread interesting ideas and help people discover their passion through presenting apparently complex stuff in interesting and simple ways.
I like 3D printing, too! I actually have an Instagram account where I post (mostly via Stories) my prints and how I do them to try to bring 3D printing to people in a accessible way.
What does your office and desk look like?
I’m a night owl, so this is what my desk look like most of the time ;-)
What challenges do you often run into when you're working?
Avoiding procrastination and dealing with the emotional downs when things don’t go as expected.
Do you have any good productivity tips?
Avoid doing shit you hate at all costs. Have a clear “why” in your life and use it to guide your decisions on what to do and what not to do. If there’s no purpose, it’s not worth doing. One can’t be consistently productive with stuff that is not intrinsically motivating. I often ask myself “would I do this for free?” – if the answer is no, I’ll probably won’t do it. Life’s too short to do things that don’t bring joy.
What tools do you use at work to be productive?
I track my time online with RescueTime, I stay accountable and motivated with WIP.chat and I block distractions with Go Fucking Work.
How do you get inspiration to get up in the morning and kick ass?
What I do is I try to have a clear life purpose and recall it every morning. Having a clear “why” makes all the difference for me. But your “why” has to be only yours, not driven by anybody else’s expectations or constraints, and that usually is only possible after experiencing a deep existential crisis and working through it by yourself. It has to be bold and sincere, and coherent with who you are and who you want to be. I actually have mine written down and visible so I can easily look at it and review it. That’s all I need to get inspiration and kick ass ;-)