An opportunity to explore something new, from a different perspective. Anything without a clear answer in mind already. A problem which really matters, and remit to do something about it.
Being clear about what you're expecting from me, work with me, not just tell me what to do - and be excited about the opportunity, not just farming it out to someone else.
It really depends. I need to move around every couple of hours - I like quirky comfy spaces, as well as modern light open spaces. I like having some noise around me, but also like having my headphones on. I need to be able to move from space to space to suit the mood and task I have, rather than being tied to a particular place or routine.
Honest, candidly and written.
I need to hear where I could improve things as well as where I've done well.
I need to understand the areas which are good enough, so I don't over-engineer the answer, and regular check-ins with me are essential to make sure I'm not wandering off the path.
I don't accept compliments well, so try to and position them as a good outcome for the project, rather than my work being good.
I'm Matthew, not Matt.
I'm a single dad which means I have to work around school runs and parenting.
I struggle with depression and poor mental health, which can often manifest in low energy, so I work in bursts, and generally better in the mornings and evenings, rather than in the middle of the day.
I'm a big coffee nerd (actually, I'm trained as a barista, but only for my own interest), I'm a mental health advocate and run a support community which takes up much of my time. I'm a parent, and love spending time playing and learning from my kids. I'm am AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO), and once built a replica of my office building. I also love travelling to the Nordics, particularly Stockholm, and expect I'll move there one day.
Mondays 8-1pm and 4-7pm
Tuesdays 8-2pm, but I try to keep Tuesday meeting free
Fridays are usually for side projects and non-commercial work.