Ep. 18 2018 - Jo Downer
In this weeks episode Jo Downer of SquarePeg an automated platform that connects the right people with the right businesses
Tell me a little about yourself.
I’m married with two kids - a daughter who is 11 and an 8 year old son.
Top 3 apps used for working remotely:
Asana for road mapping
Agile for CRM
Google Docs and Google Calendar
What does your typical day look like?
Try and do some early morning exercise! Drop the kids to school then hit the computer, hustle hustle, meetings till it’s time for school pick up!
The best advice you have received
Nothing changes if nothing changes. If I feel stuck I have to push through - realise life is a series of chapters and that moment is not forever. If you don’t like what’s happening, change something and the direction will change.
What books are you currently reading OR Netflix / Stan shows
I’m a little bit addicted to Nordic crime drama at the moment!! Anything with a good crime murder story will capture my attention! Thank god masterchef and the The stout de France are finishing as everyone has been competing for the tv in our house!
If you cook, what recipes can you share / meal prep tips
I have a standard staple of go to rays dishes which please everyone in our house! My husband is a series athlete, as well as being vegan, the two kids are pretty good eaters and I try and follow a Keto LCHF diet so it’s tricky!
What 1 area of your life would you like to improve
Having more time to work but still be there for the kids. Sounds lame but I am just so passionate about the business yet still love being a stay at home mum and she two are in constant conflict in my head.
Whats the one thing you do each day (like a hack) that makes your life run smoother?
Don’t look at my phone till the kids are at school. Then it’s work time. Otherwise I get pulled in to the work day too early.
What website have you signed up to that you actually find value in receiving their emails?
What’s one piece of advice you would give your pre baby self
Enjoy that baby bubble. It doesn’t last long and will be the most magical bonding time for you and your partner. Find your own path together - it’s a bit like business, everyone has advice but you need to find your own way and navigate by your own intuition and judgement.
What’s the most useful / useless baby/kids item you have?
I loved a $12 stroller I bought my daughter when she was about two! Cheap but so much fun! And a dress up box is a great thing to build on, when they go to school it becomes Book Parade costumes.
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