Office tale of Paul Bauer, designer and photographer

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Who are you :
I´m Paul. I am 31 years old.

Your current job :
I am part-time employed at Studio Lois Renner, a contemporary artist based in Vienna, but also a freelance designer and photographer.

In which city are you located?
Vienna / Austria.

A word to define what kind of worker you are :
Commited.

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..)
Basically the Creative Suite. The Text-Editor has become quite an essential tool for coding websites too.

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What does your office space look like?
Nothing special. My room at home serves my needs. It´s bright and has just enough stuff to distract me when my head becomes crammed.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ?
Hard to define. I listen to quite a lot of music while working, varying from irrelevant pop-songs to basically unlistenable noise-avantgarde. I don´t really listen to radio anymore, so I spend quite a lot of time searching for new stuff every day. Spotify helps.

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
Not really, I guess. I do try too keep regular hours and tend to stay quite committed to working when within those hours - I restrain myself from bigger distractions like private phone calls, the telly or excessively petting my cats. Facebook is really hard to let go of though.

What tips would you give to improve productivity ?
Get into some kind of routine. Try to keep steady hours and push non-related stuff to after work hours. It worked for me at least.

You're better than your colleagues to :
Tough one. I´m going with 'committed' again.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ?
A painter (actually, my employer) once told me, that every step within the painting process is basically just decisions. Every single stroke, a unique decision. I think this goes for the creative-process (and LIFE in general, for that matter) as well. A billion little (and a couple of bigger-) decisions, to make every day. It´s not about right or wrong. It´s about standing - or being able to stand - behind these decisions.

What is your best tip for saving time ?
Routine.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
I don´t really have one. I start the day with a cup of coffee while browsing the news online. I end it most times by realizing that I´m spending more time on 9gag than actually working. If I´ve spent enough hours on work by that time, I´ll just give in.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go ?
My camera. My notebook.

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