Hello! I am Lauren Wood, Senior Consultant at Tyto, and this is my location-agnostic life. In this series, we want to highlight the freedom our model enables and how we navigate any challenges it presents.
What’s your morning routine?
My routine always starts with feeding my two guinea pigs. No doubt they would have created an absolute mess in their little home overnight. Beyond that, I like to mix it up every day. Sometimes I go on a walk, other days I might have a slower start eating breakfast, and sometimes I hop on a train to go to my local co-working space.
How do you organise your day?
I start with a pen and paper to jot down all of the to-do’s that are taking up headspace. Once I’ve done this, I know I can focus on one task at a time. I start by doing a handful of quick to-dos to trick my brain into thinking I’ve accomplished a lot already, which then allows me to clear headspace to focus on some bigger tasks.
When are you the most productive?
100% in the morning. My brain feels fresh and alert in the morning so I’ll often prioritise writing first and then project management in the afternoon so I can maximise the brain power available throughout the day.
What is your favourite workplace?
I would say my home office is my favourite workplace especially since I finally banished the dining chair for a comfy desk chair (thanks to Tyto!). That said, I have really enjoyed being able to visit a co-working space 1-2 days a week recently to enjoy a change of environment. It really helps to spark some creative ideas and it also means I can walk away from the office ahead of the weekend.
What’s your favourite thing about working remotely?
I love the flexibility it allows. It’s allowed me to make life choices that were otherwise not possible such as re-locating 200 miles away to live closer to family. I also love how I can exchange the time spent commuting to an office to instead go to an evening Clubbercise class or spend some time on a hobby to recharge for the next day. This means I’m always showing up to work with my cup full rather than half empty which enables me to make my most valuable contribution whilst I’m there. I wish I found Tyto sooner who were doing remote working before the rest of the world cottoned on!
What do you miss about working in an office?
I really miss being able to talk with colleagues and check-in with them on how their days are going. Thankfully, there’s always daily and weekly opportunities for everyone to come together in both natural ways and through planned team get-togethers where we can share stories, ideas and challenges with each other.
I also look forward to travelling to see colleagues at some point through the Tyto passport scheme initiative and at our annual company-wide meet-up.
What’s your secret weapon?
Meditation. When I am disciplined enough to do it regularly, it really helps to clear my head and focus. With so much information to consume both professionally and personally, it is my secret weapon to re-calibrate, re-focus and find mental energy when my brain batteries feel depleted.
What is the culture like at Tyto?
There is an ambitious and entrepreneurial team culture which really allows everyone to feel like they can make meaningful, and impactful contributions.
What do you like most about working at Tyto?
I love how collaborative and proactive everyone is in sharing creative ideas and support to others across the whole company – even when it’s not related to something on their to-do list. Despite the fact we all live miles away from each other across multiple countries, there’s an energising team spirit that is really inspiring.