Office tale of Nils Vik, founder of Parlour Coffee, co-founder of Little Sister Coffee Maker & Sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture

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Who are you :
Nils Vik

Your current job :
Founder of Parlour Coffee, Co-Founder of Little Sister Coffee Maker, Sessional instructor at the University of Manitoba Faculty of Architecture

In which city are you located?
Winnipeg ,Manitoba

A word to define what kind of worker you are :
Focused and scattered

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..) :
notebooks (moleskine), iPhone, gmail, AutoCAD, and google sketchup


What does your office space look like?
My office space is above my cafe in the Exchange District. The building was built in 1906 and is hot in the summer and cold in the winter. I share space with the stock room of Parlour and the workspace of Commonwealth Manufacturing - a new clothing startup. Herman Miller Eames office units help organize the space while maintaining a certain modesty.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working ? :
I tend to listen to a variety of music when working, but if I need to zone out and work on tedious elements of a project I tend to gravitate to instrumental music whether it be electronic or post rock (Todd Terje, Kim Hiorthoy, Daphne, Caribou, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Mercury Program)

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work ?
I like to use Quip - a cloud based task list which you can tag other individuals.

What tips would you give to improve productivity?
Eat three meals a day, drink water, be active.

What is the best advice anyone has given you ? :
Charge what you're worth, value your time, and say no.

What is your best tip for saving time ?
Pick up your phone less, delete Facebook, follow less people on Twitter and Instagram.

What is your routine start and end of the day ?
Ideally I like to get up one hour before my wife and daughter wake in order to make a pot of green tea and ease into the day. This requires getting up at 6AM which isn't always fun or possible.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?
A measuring tape