There, there my Dear by Dexy’s Midnight Runners

I’m a big fan of Spotify. I’m a big fan of their Discover Weekly playlist. I’m a big fan of Searching for the young soul rebels by Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

This track popped up on my discover weekly playlist. It’s an absolute gem. I’m leaving it here.

For those of you using the Discover Weekly playlist. Here’s a link to a very handy IFTTT recipe for archiving your playlists.


How I work….

Location: I live in Scottsdale, Arizona

Current computers:  Company issue Lenovo and a Macbook Pro

Current mobile devices:  iPhone 6 and Google Pixel 2

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Evernote, Todoist, Sonos, Spotify, headspace, V60 for coffee, Moleskine notebook and pen

What’s your workspace like? Tidy (ish). Laptop, two monitors. My desk is kept clear for the most part. I have some decent art on the wall to inspire me and I have my own v60.  I’m about to add a standing desk.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack? I could say ‘Not opening my emails until 10am’ but the best shortcut is to invest time in building your own process for getting things done. Being able to capture, collect and process all incoming stuff efficiently is key. I can’t recommend enough David Allen’s two books ‘Getting Things Done’ and ‘Making It Happen’ to build a framework for how to, well, get things done. ‘How to be a productivity Ninja’ by Graham Allcott is also a great read.

What everyday thing are you better at than anybody else?  errrr. Remembering useless stuff like actors names, bus timetables. Handy in a pub quiz though.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?  Todoist. Hands down.

What do you listen to while at work?  Spotify. I have a couple of playlists that I plough through:  ‘Currently listening to‘, Brian Eno Wants you to Study More, Getting things Done.

What are you currently reading?  Inside New order by Peter Hook; Get Some Headspace by Andi Puddicome, I also have a Rebus novel on the go.

What’s your sleep routine like?  Must try harder. Bed by 10pm, alarm is set for 6am. always awake at 5am. I’m an early bird but it also means I become next to useless by 9pm at night.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?  “Don’t rise to it.” When I was younger I would easily get wound up by little things, my Mum and Dad taught me to ignore it. I still struggle from time to time.

“You don’t have to turn this into something. It doesn’t have to upset you”
Marcus Aurelius