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James Douglas Wilson, Founder and Principal at Overdrive Design Limited.

Toronto - Ontario
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Who are you : 

James Douglas Wilson. Founder and Principal at Overdrive Design Limited.

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Your current job : 

Chief cook and bottle washer.

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In which city are you located?

Toronto

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A word to define what kind of worker you are: 

Hyper.

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What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..) 

• Usual life apps - weather, news, music and social.

• Usual designer tools - pencil, paper, camera, Adobe everything.

• Most important tools - bicycles, cutlery.

What does your office space look like?

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What kind of music do you listen when you are working?

Punk to classical and everything in between except country western. 

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work? 

Get up early. Make to-do lists.

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What tips would you give to improve productivity?

• Less email, more phone. 

• Block in the day - an hour for this, an hour for that (including social) to minimize randomness and distraction

 You're better than your colleagues to: 

Own more bicycles.

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What is the best advice anyone has given you?

• Treat all humans equally. 

• Never lie to a client. 

• Can’t cut your hours, only your rate. 

• The more painful something is the faster you should deal with it.

 

What is your best tip for saving time?

Ride your bike to work - double up on commute and exercise time.

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 What is your routine start and end of the day?

5 am - whenever.

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

Portable drive/brain

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