Back home, in Bucharest, I follow the same routine: my days are split into two big parts, one dedicated to work, and one for fun.

I work from the minute I wake up – that usually happens between 6 and 7 AM, perhaps later during winters, but never using an alarm clock. After working hard until late afternoon, I have the rest of the day blocked for the fun activities.

Work is also further divided into two separate chunks of time: thinking – early in the morning (that’s the creative part, where I need to focus) and communicating – at noon (team management, emails, meetings, and so on).

By ‘fun activities” I’m referring to long conversations with close friends and/or sports training – I have running (Tuesdays and Wednesdays) and spinning classes (Monday and Thursday evenings).

My guess is that this works for me for several reasons: Read more…

Today (Sunday) I’ve taken over FITS Instagram account – go follow @fitSIBIU & check out the stories to see what I’m up to!

You’ll find out what dance & theatre performances I’ll attend & recommend, book exhibitions and other interesting things going on in Sibiu.

Until midnight I’ll be in charge of everything that’s posted on the instastories of Sibiu International Theatre Festival.

P.S. while you’re there, you can also follow my account as well, of course.

As you probably already know, I’ll be spending the next days in Sibiu, attending the Sibiu International Theatre Festival. It’s a week-long dose of culture, arts and creativity in all its forms, from theatre to dance performances, modern circus, book exhibitions, workshops and many others. Overall, it’s a great pretext to meet interesting people gathered from all corners of the world, in a beautiful city.

The festival is now at its 25th edition, but this is only the second year I’m attending.

Here’s a quick glance into how my first 24 hours at the festival looked like – perhaps these experiences will inspire you as well, if you happen to travel to Sibiu. happy

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It’s been almost two weeks since I stopped drinking coffee – a painful process that ruins my morning ritual. I loved waking up to a mug of coffee that was freshly ground and prepared by my better half. I loved its smell and the habit of slowly drinking it for the first four or so hours of the day. It was my way of telling my brain that it needs to wake up and start working on whatever task I had planned for that morning (usually something that involves writing).

From time to time, at least once per year, I’ve been taking breaks from caffeine. These usually come right after a period when I’ve exaggerated with the dose and switched from one cup per day (half of which is actually milk) to two or even three. It’s an old exercise of mine, probably weird and hard to explain to others, but I’ll give it a try.

I do this for a couple of reasons: Read more…

At the end of this week I’ll be moving my headquarters (do read: ‘laptop’ ) to FITS – that’s short for Sibiu International Theatre Festival.

Even though it’s at its 25th edition and I’ve been hearing my friends praising it for a long time, I only first attended last year. It was love at first experience – mixed with feelings of regrets for not giving it a chance sooner. I promised myself I won’t be missing any more of its editions, and so here I am, one year later, sticking to that promise.

It’s a much needed overdose of arts and creativity in all its forms – from theatre (obviously) to dance, modern circus, movies, music, books, photo exhibitions, and, overall, a good opportunity to meet interesting people from all over the world gathered in a beautiful place (which also happens to be my ancestors’ town).

If you happen to be attending, give me a sign and let’s grab a coffee in between performances.

I’ll also continue last year’s tradition of interviewing extraordinary people attending the festival – so stay tuned.

Some awesome people are subscribed to my Friday Read newsletter, including stand-up comedian Cristi Popesco.

Last month, Cristi invited me to be a guest on his podcast/show/vlog, where we talked about my daily routine, productivity tips, habits, why and how I quit Facebook, my experience within the music industry and working with rappers, earthquake alerts, my obsessive attention to laundry doing details, and many other completely random stuff.

Unfortunately for my international readers, this one’s Romanian only.

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I started running 3 years ago. It wasn’t the first day of the year. It wasn’t the first day of the month. It wasn’t even the first day of the week. It was just a random cold Saturday, on February 14th, 2015.

I continued to run – almost on a daily basis – ever since, and I won’t stop for as along as I’m able to do this. Never want to experience the frustration I felt at the beginning. Read more…

I’m 30 years old and, during the first true spring days in my home-city, I still feel the urge to skip classes and waste time on the streets or in a park.

Of course, 12 years have passed since the last time I actually had any mandatory classes to attend. For the most part of those years, I’ve been in control of my schedule, working mostly from home, on my own projects (such as The CEO Library, the one I’m currently building). Read more…

Returning from my first trip to Japan (and first time ever outside Europe), everyone back home wanted to know what I enjoyed most while there. My reply was completely different from what they were expecting me to say: I praised their population’s preparedness for disasters.

Nowhere else in the whole world had I felt safer than in Tokyo, a city that lies at the intersection of 3 major tectonic plates, where huge natural disasters occur all the time, and is one of the world’s most populated areas.

Whatsoever, when you take into consideration that I’m living with an earthquake phobia and crowds anxiety, my answer starts to make sense.

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