Interview with Rick van Haasteren from SiteGuru

Interview with Rick van Haasteren from SiteGuru

Published 06. jul 2018 06:04

Who are you and what do you do for a living?

My name is Rick, I'm from The Netherlands and I work as a team leader for an online agency. My side project is SiteGuru, an SEO tool for web developers and online marketeers. I believe that many site owners are not aware of the issues on their website. SiteGuru helps them find these issues and fix them.

What's your morning routine like?

It depends. Some days I get up really early to do some work, other days I may sleep a bit longer. Those days when I get up really early are the best, but sometimes it's just to tempting to stay in bed. Our 1 year old normally gets up around 7 so sleeping really late isn't an option anymore:-)

What's a typical day at work like for you?

During weekdays, I'll get up early, work for an hour or so, have breakfast and cycle to work. My day consists of various meetings, handlign email and if I'm lucky, some time to do web development. Around 5 PM, I'll cycle back home and have diner. After that, I'll get to my home office and work on SiteGuru a bit more. During the weekends I'll do some development, ideally combined with family life (think sitting outside in the sun with my laptop).

What do you do when you're not working?

So many things! I like running, but also like brewing my own beer with friends. Next to that, I run a webshop selling South-African wines, and I like to have fun with my daughter.

What does your office and desk look like?

I'm lucky to have a nice and quiet home office. I get a lot more productive when it's all nice and clean, with as little distraction as possible.

What challenges do you often run into when you're working?

Lack of focus. It's easy to get lost in all the distractions available. Having some chill music on and trying to work without distraction for 2 hours straight gets me into a flow and really helps getting stuff done.

Do you have any good productivity tips?

Like I said, if I can focus for a few hours straight I can get really get stuff done. I'm using Chrome extensions like Pomodoro Timer to focus for 30 minutes without social media distractions, and good music (DI FM Lounge really works for me) to get into the zone. Another great tip is to start your first hour every day without email, news and social media, but just hack instead. No one can take that hour of productivity from you!

What tools do you use at work to be productive?

I'm a big fan of Todoist, which is where I keep all my ideas, things to do and bugs I need to fix.

How do you get inspiration to get up in the morning and kick ass?

I read a lot of books and blogs, and listen to podcasts like FounderChat, Indiehackers and more. Oh, and coffee really helps too!

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