How I Work
09 February 2018 ·

Having always enjoyed reading the LifeHacker “How I Work” articles, seeing how people in C Suite positions handle their day to day and what apps and practices they use. I decided to created my own, and share it with you all.

  • Location: London, UK
  • Current Gig: Account Director at PulsePoint
  • One word that best describes how you work: Caffeinated
  • Current mobile device: iPhone 8 Plus
  • Current computer: 15” Macbook Pro

First of all, tell us a little about your background and how you got to where you are today. I spent 10 years in IT before I got into Ad Tech. My Ad Tech break was given to me by one of my uncle’s best friends who worked as an MD at small price comparison site. I spent 18 months there looking after their Ad Operations, from there I joined my current gig as a Senior Account Manager.

What apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without?

  • Outlook: the best app for email and calendar on the mac.
  • Excel: spreadsheet ninja.
  • Slack: way better than email.
  • Sketch: for wireframing my ideas.
  • Trello: productivity app and to-do lists.
  • Spotify: helps me knuckle down.
  • Visual Studio Code: for writing code.
  • Alfred: for launching apps and general productivity
  • PopClip: makes copying and pasting so easy.

What’s your workspace setup like?

My Current Workspace

Did I mention my work was powered by coffee? Protein thrown in for good measure. I have my MacBook hooked up to a 27” Apple screen, having two screens is a god send, when working with multiple documents! Although I have my eye on a new 2017 13” MacBook Pro…I will have to win round the IT Dept. 🤓

What’s your best shortcut or life hack (no matter how small or niche)?

Audiobooks, don’t get me wrong I do enjoy reading. However the commuter lifestyle doesn’t always allow for books. Listening to audiobooks on 1.25x speed has allowed me to smash through some great books during my commute. As well as audiobooks, sticking to a “work uniform” dressing the same way each day is one less decision I have to make. Taking a leaf out of Matilda Kahl’s book. The uniform generally consists of brown chelsea boots, black slim jeans and a t shirt.

Who are the people who help you get things done, and how do you rely on them?

I will give a big shout out to Gareth Shaw and Lulu Phongmany, they have given me free reign to get stuck into and focus on the things that I am best at, and let go of what I’m not. Outside of those guys, the product, engineering and data science teams are my go to teams when I need answers. The beauty of PulsePoint is the people, and I have an amazing set of colleagues in the every office who I can rely on when needed.

How do you keep track of what you have to do?

Trello! This is always my go to for getting my shit done and in the right order. I have actually written a post about how I manage my GTD board here.

How do you recharge or take a break from work?

Depends where I am if I’m at work then it would be hitting the gym. Always trying to stay in shape, but my love for food and good wine hinders that somewhat. If I’m outside of work, then it would be a long bike ride or a good gaming session on the Xbox.

What’s your favourite side project?

Learning how to code in Python, Javascript and Solidity, programming has always been a massive interest of mine. I just find it hard to allocate time to learn and knuckle down to learning the languages. I like to use Udemy as the classes arent time or subscription based which allows me to tackle them at my own pace. I also like to tinker and then tinker some more with my personal website.

What do you listen to while you work?

I have a few playlists I always turn to, to knuckle down and get shit done. Generally electronic downtempo music sometimes MoTown or a bit of Jazz. Here are my go to playlists.

What are you currently reading, or what do you recommend?

I am currently reading Inspired: How To Create Products Customers Love by Marty Cagan. It’s about how to bring an idea to scale and develop a product. I have recently finished The Four: The Hidden DNA of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google by Scott Galloway which was an awesome book about the 4 tech giants.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see _____ answer these same questions.

My old boss, Gareth Shaw.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

“They always say that time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.”