Q: What’s something you do to help boost your productivity?
A: Learning to work with my energy was a game changer.
I am more productive and focused in the morning, so I like to schedule detailed, strategic or creative work then to maximize when I’m likely to be in the flow.
I practice breathwork if I’m overwhelmed to bring my energy back into a focused state and I make sure to have a change of scenery in the middle of the day (taking a walk, moving rooms).
Q: How do you find work-life balance?
A: I have a dedicated meditation practice that helps me to listen to what my body really needs. I’m careful not to overload my schedule and I listen to my energy; if I’m tired I slow down, and when my energy is high, I make the most of it.
As a business owner, I often find myself inspired or creative at times outside the business day, so if I work on a weekend, or I’m teaching at night, I’m really strict about making sure I take time off the next day so I don’t become burned out.
Q: What’s the best piece of professional advice you’ve received so far?
A: You can be the juiciest, ripest peach and there will always be someone who doesn’t like peaches.
Learning to place less importance on what people thought of me was liberating and allowed me to show up authentically in ways I’d never had the freedom to do when I was seeking external approval.
Q: What’s your favorite software or app that helps with your workflow?
A: I just swapped out from a PC to a Mac. I’m in awe of how intuitive it is linking all devices — everything is available across my phone, iPad, and Macbook.
Work has suddenly become so much easier, even with the learning curve.
Q: What’s a book or podcast you’d recommend to a colleague?
A: I’m currently reading Atomic Habits which is great for understanding how to make habits stick.
I just finished Breaking the Habit of Being Yourself which gives really interesting insights into how to reprogram your subconscious.
I love the Radiolab podcast. The quirky subjects always give me an unexpected and fresh perspective to think about.