Lachlan Bradford is a Recruitment Consultant across design, product and agile at Just Digital People, and co-host of the Funny Business podcast.
1) To kick things off, could you tell us a little about your career background and current role?
To be completely honest, I never really knew what I wanted to do in terms of a career. When I was 22 I lived in Canada for a little bit, living the good life working on the slopes and that experience pretty much shaped my personality and made me think about everything in a totally different way.
Call it luck, call it fate. My best mate Robbie gave me a call one day that changed my life.
He was in the early stages of launching a footwear brand and wanted me to jump on board as a co-founder.
Long story short, we launched it and it was the best experience I could have hoped for as it gave me the exposure to learn new skills that would prove helpful if I wanted to enter, or at least understand the business world.
This time last year, I stumbled into Just Digital People originally sourced for a part time content role but ended up taking on a full time consultancy role which I still do now.
Nowadays my passion is learning, branding and communication – so I selfishly started a podcast with Robbie called Funny Business. We have a very broad group of guests from all walks of life.
2) What does a day in the life look like for you? Can you take us through a recent workday?
I like to keep things similar but not too familiar.
Being in recruitment, I quickly realised you need to be organised and know what’s going on, so writing out my actions for the day really helps with that.
I’m usually smashing LinkedIn chatting with people throughout the day.
2-3 times a week we’ll record a podcast with a new guest so I spend a large chunk of my week nights deleting a million umms and ahhs.
3) Does your current role allow for flexible or remote working? If so, how does that fit into your life and routine?
Since Covid hit we’ve been working remotely.
From what I’ve been told, moving forward we’ll be given the opportunity to work 2 days from home a week.
Which works out well for me as I’m making the move to Torquay.
Remote working is an absolute no brainer and I think most companies now understand that if they don’t find ways to make it possible, they will lose a lot of smart, talented people.
4) What does work-life balance mean to you and how do you work to achieve that goal?
I don’t actually believe you can have a balance.
From my perspective, I’ve always found that there are trade offs for everything that you do and sometimes you need to push and sometimes you need to pull.
So finding people who understand that, has really helped with my long term goals.
I also think we put a lot of pressure on ourselves, so it’s really important to balance your energy. That’s hard to do and I’m still figuring that out, so I’ll jump on your subscriber list and learn more about that from you and your other guests.
5) In the past 12 months, have you started or stopped any routines or habits to change your life?
My dog Winston has gone from one walk to two walks.Which means I can have one more Kit Kat. So a bit more eating, a bit more exercise.
6) Do you have any favourite books, podcasts or newsletters that you’d like to recommend?
Books: The Courage to be Disliked – Ichiro Kishimi and anything by The School of Life.
Podcasts: Broken Record with Rick Rubin, JRE and TedTalks.
Music: Tycho, Khruangbin and Toro y Moi.
7) Are there any products, gadgets or apps that you can’t live without?
LinkedIn, Instagram, Spotify, McDonald’s and Sportsbet.
8) If you could read an interview about work-life balance by anyone, who would that be?
9) Do you have any last thoughts on work, life or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?
Take a day off, listen to music and go for a walk.
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