Workflow with Catherine (Cathy) Ngo, Founder & CEO of Keynoteworthy

In this edition of Workflow, we have Catherine Ngo, founder & CEO of Keynoteworthy, talking about dividing up her mental energy and random deep concentration music.

Workflow is an interview series by Balance the Grind to get a glimpse into people’s working styles and workspaces. If you’re interested in sharing your workflow, submit it here!

Describe what you do: I help event organisers create better and inclusive events by connecting them with diverse keynote speakers. I’m also a presenter, writer and troublemaker.

How do you like your coffee: Cappuccino with extra chocolate powder on top

Device(s) you use: HP Windows computer for regular work, 13‑inch MacBook Air for on the go, Blue Yeti microphone, ring light, Beats headphone, iPhone8 & iPad Mini.

Describe your working style in one sentence: I’m most productive in the mornings after coffee, tea and breakfast (I never skip these). Admin-based tasks and meetings are normally reserved for later in the afternoon because it requires ‘less mental energy’.

What does your workspace look like: My surroundings change a lot because I do a lot of filming and video presentations at my desk. I have lots of indoor plants and a colour coordinated bookshelf. I try to keep my space clutter-free so I can focus more. When it starts becoming messy, so does my brain.

How does your workspace affect your creative process: I’m about getting sh!t done, so the first thing I do every morning before I start working is tidy up and wipe down my space. Having a messy environment can disrupt the flow of energy (hello Feng Shui) and can also be distracting too.

I open my office window and blinds to let natural light and air in. I’m also an asthmatic which means maintaining a clean and dust-free workspace is important in order to be productive and creative.

Do you have a favourite playlist for work: I like to listen to random deep concentration music on YouTube or house music. I cannot work when there are lyrics in the song because I start to analyse the words. I also find it distracting.

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Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.