In the “Homescreen!” series we present the homescreens of people from the social media, marketing, media and tech world – including app recommendations and tips for everything from to-do lists to small games in between. Today: Rhett Büttrich, General Manager at Le Wagon.
Enjoy screen-free moments
In my spare time I am a very superficial user and consumer of digital media and applications. This is probably rather atypical for the tech sector.
In fact, I enjoy every moment without a screen and would rather let my thoughts flow into a book than think about the next leap in productivity. My experience has shown me that the key to creativity lies in freedom of thought.
news and blogs
In terms of my news consumption, I prefer to cover as wide a range of opinion angles as possible. The incredible range of topics and different commentators in the New York Times (for Android) would be enough for that.
For the European view of current events, I also like to read the Guardian (for Android). The unfiltered opinion of the internet community, on the other hand, is nowhere as entertaining as on Reddit (for Android) and the respective topic subreddits – sorry, Twitter.
Aeon.co is a fantastic blog for looking at current affairs from a broader, philosophical perspective. In the columns of the media mentioned above, one rarely gets the feeling that the authors are willing to step out of their own opinion bubble and give more space to the opposing opinion.
It’s about the mental step for me, about saying: I keep my mind open by stepping back a few steps every now and then and looking at topics and our world from a bird’s eye view.
Music, audio books and culture
Otherwise, I most likely spend 85 percent of my total smartphone usage time on Spotify (for Android), discovering music, creating playlists and searching for audio books. As a former part-time club DJ, I listen to music without genre limits, which is hardly a surprise when you’ve lived in Berlin for a long time.
For me, the Spotify app is the achievement of the 21st century. We often forget what kind of access to information, knowledge, but also to culture, we now get cheaply to free of charge. It has never been so easy to live a culturally diverse life.
Of course, that can be overwhelming, so I’m driving the strategy of limited channels and keeping my home screen rather minimalistic. For my daily meditations I need the timer of the standard clock: if the day was too busy, the guided meditations from 7Mind (for Android) help me to calm down.