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1) Tell us about yourself?
My name is Tomas Laurinavicius, I’m a designer, blogger and entrepreneur from Lithuania. Currently, I’m running Despreneur, a magazine for design entrepreneurs and travel the world with a mission to inspire 1 million people to change their lifestyle for good. I’m also the co-author of the Mobile Design Book and regularly write on my personal blog.
2) When did you start your design career and where?
I’ve started playing around with graphics in late 2007. I was still studying in high school in Lithuania and got bored with computer games as I didn’t find them fulfilling. I’ve installed Photoshop CS2 and started learning on my own following tutorials online and trying to replicate websites online.
3) Who inspires you to be a designer?
I like to take an idea and make it into something tangible, so other people can use it. I always wanted to make a positive impact in the world. The design was one of the most powerful skills I could acquire to put my ideas into action. I don’t design as much as I did years ago but design thinking and trained eye allows me to reach more people and tell my message in a more appealing way.
4) How does your work day look like?
It has evolved throughout the years when I first started creating. I’ve been in a constant transition. I’ve started with design, then I dived into blogging, established a couple of smaller and bigger scale blogs and online magazines for designers. After the years blogging, I got interested in entrepreneurship and technology. I switched from freelancing as a designer into an entrepreneur and started to look at ways to make passive income and create sustainable systems that can be run without me.
Every day is different for me, however, I have my standard morning routine that focuses on my mental and physical health as well as growth. If I take care of myself and my body, I can take care of my loved ones as well as business.
Below is my current morning routine:
Wake up at 5 am and drink a glass of water
Stretch for five minutes
Eat a healthy breakfast
Meditate for 15 minutes
Read 20 pages
Write 500 words
Plan the day and define the MIT (most important task)
Do the affirmations
Visualise and imagine doing the tasks
Work on the MIT
Exercise for an hour
After I am done with my morning routine I’d work with the tasks I’ve defined for the day. Most of the time it involves developing strategies for Despreneur, managing team, writing blog posts, establishing partnerships and answering emails.
5) What are you currently working on?
Currently, I am working on The Despreneur Podcast, I’ve been listening to podcasts for over 3 years now and I find a lot of value in them. As a content marketer and entrepreneur, I see an opportunity in podcasting to connect with the audience on a deeper level, provide more value and build a bigger network. I’m quite excited about it and right now I am scheduling Skype calls with designers, entrepreneurs, marketers, bloggers and all kinds of creators who make things happen.
6) How do you manage your time?
As I mentioned in my morning routine, I define the most important task for the day (MIT) and then try to break it down into smaller chunks.
Recently, I adopted a to-do list paradigm called “1, 2, 3”. It is very simple, yet I find it effective. Number 1 is your most important task of the day, say, write a blog post. Then there are two items numbered 2, these can be smaller tasks of the main task of the day and should be no more than 2 hours each. And finally, I’d define three items numbered 3, that would take maximum 30 minutes to complete.
7) Where are you currently based and what’s next?
I’m currently based in Chiang Mai, Thailand. For the last 18 months, I’ve been very nomadic and changed places every month or so. In a month I’m relocating to Siem Reap, Cambodia, then back to Bali for a month after that Phuket, Thailand, Tokyo, Japan and in the middle of June I’m flying back to Europe for the rest of the summer.
8) What are the tools you can’t live without?
My MacBook Air, iPhone, passport and bank cards. As talking about the digital tools I couldn’t live without a browser, Chrome is my favorite, Gmail for emails, WordPress for blogging, Photoshop for designing and PayPal for getting paid.
9) What is your latest project?
It has to be my resurrected personal blog. I’ve started Despreneur to learn more about design entrepreneurship and how designers can make more money and get interested in writing more about mindset, success, lifestyle design and traveling. My personal blog is like my personal playground where I allow myself to publish anything not thinking too much about it. People find it interesting and inspiring, that keeps me going.