Interview with Julian Samarjiev from DULO
Published 07. jun 2018 10:55
Who are you and what do you do for a living?
My name is Julian I am one half of the team behind DULO, a company that makes products and content for entrepreneurs. Our first product is a dress shirt from performance fabrics, but we also have a podcast, vlog, and blog where we've been documenting the journey of building the business from day 1.
DULO is completely bootstrapped and self-funded, hence I also have a full-time job as a programmer during the day.
What's your morning routine like?
I usually wake up around 6-6: 30 am, spend quite a bit of time brushing my teeth, hydrate and then I work out. I go to the gym 3 times a week, the other 4 I do recovery workouts at home with resistance bands or foam roll. After that, it's shower time (finish with the coldest possible water), breakfast (oats, pea protein, and peanut butter) and I am off to the office.
On the weekends the routine is the same, no sleeping in, I get my gym in and then start working on DULO.
What's a typical day at work like for you?
At my full-time job, I am the sole developer of a Shopify theme we are using the run a high-end e-commerce brand. I spend the majority of my day programming but also given my own company I like to help out and get stuck in other aspects of the business, such as marketing, branding and social media.
What do you do when you're not working?
Besides the 40 hours a week that feel like work at my full-time job, the rest of my free time is mostly spent on DULO. I enjoy the process and have fun while doing it so much that I don't consider it work. But of course, there are a few hours per week that I would spend going through YouTube or watching a movie.
What does your office and desk look like?
I like to keep my surroundings very minimal and clean, so the only thing you would find on my desk is my laptop with a stand, keyboard, mouse and a bottle of water. When it comes to the media aspect of DULO:
The office can be the park when vlogging
The office is the living room/warehouse when shipping
The office is the living room/studio when recording the podcast
What challenges do you often run into when you're working?
At my full-time job, I find it difficult sometimes to get myself invested, given that it's not my company. There is a mindset battle at times that I need to convince myself to get more involved, it's especially hard when most of the mental energy and thoughts go into my own business.
Do you have any good productivity tips?
Learn to like doing things you don't want/like to do.
Productivity tips are usually to help you do things you don't want to do. For example, you wouldn't need a guide on how to get yourself to play video games if you enjoy playing video games. Hence delaying work that needs to be done is down to discipline and having the end goal in mind.
There's a boatload of apps out there, but I don't use any and rely on training my internal motivation, but more importantly, self-discipline to do the tasks that will get me to where I want to go.
What tools do you use at work to be productive?
The fewer tools I use, the more productive I am.
How do you get inspiration to get up in the morning and kick ass?
What's the alternative? Who's going to do my job for me? How will my actions map my ambitions UNLESS I use every day to build my future, brick by brick? There's nothing wrong with getting out of bed uninspired, as long as you do the work. Inspiration will follow. Don't wait for it, manifest it.