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Rock Playlist for an Energy Boost – How Felix Brehmer of Userlane Works

In our series ‘How They Work,’ Munich-based startup founders and employees talk about their favorite tools, routines and work methods. This time, Felix Brehmer gives insights into his workday at Userlane.

Felix Brehmer is the Enterprise Sales Manager and Digital Adoption Expert at the software startup Userlane and tells us about his favorite books, journaling and meetings.

Munich Startup: What does your morning routine look like?

Felix Brehmer, Userlane: I’m woken up on schedule at 6 am by my wake-up light alarm clock. To replace fluids after the night, I have a glass of lukewarm water, a cup of coffee and then tea – in that order. Then fit and ready to start my day, I write in my journal and read for 30 minutes, usually the newspaper ‘Die Zeit.’ Then I either do a round of yoga, bouldering or cycling depending on how early my first appointment is. Then I take a shower and ride my bike to the office or walk five steps to my stand-up desk at home. 

Using digital and analog tools

Munich Startup: What is your favorite tool at work?

Felix Brehmer, Userlane: In digital terms, I rely completely on our CRM, Salesforce. All of my notes, tasks and customer information are saved in it. In analog terms, I additionally rely on a bullet journal to record the events of the day and reflect on them at the end of the day. 

Munich Startup: Which three apps are must-haves?

Felix Brehmer, Userlane: Google Calendar, Google Maps and Meteoblue. 

Munich Startup: Which Munich event is a must as a founder?

Felix Brehmer, Userlane: As regular evening events, I would recommend 12.min.me or Munich’s Funnelblick. And of course you have to be seen at Bits & Pretzels

A clear agenda for meetings

Munich Startup: What book would you recommend?

Felix Brehmer, Userlane: “Stephen Covey – 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” It’s a book you can learn from your entire life. 

Munich Startup: What is your favorite kind of meeting?

Felix Brehmer, Userlane: The motto “This meeting could have been an email” is unfortunately often true. And that’s why I only hold meetings when there really is something that needs discussing. If a meeting is imperative, then it should have a clear agenda. I prefer the phone for quick coordination, but for longer meetings, it should be a video call or in person. 

The Userlane team at a joint event in 2019.

Put your inbox on pause

Munich Startup: What is your biggest stumbling block in daily business?

Felix Brehmer, Userlane: Unplanned calls or emails. Every morning, I fill in the gaps between my planned meetings. When something unexpected comes in, then other things fall by the wayside and I notice my productivity starts to decline. To avoid that, it helps to put your email inbox on pause and only open internal tools like Slack at specific times. 

Munich Startup: What gives you a boost of motivation at work?

Felix Brehmer, Userlane: A coffee break with a colleague. Or a phone call with a customer. Another alternative is the Spotify rock playlist to boost my energy level. 

Munich Startup: How do you end your workday?

Felix Brehmer, Userlane: I close all my tabs, look through the notes in my bullet journal, shut down Software, turn off my laptop and look forward to the evening.