Workflow with Dr Karen Sutherland, Lecturer & Program Coordinator

In this edition of Workflow, we have Dr. Karen Sutherland, Lecturer & Program Coordinator at the USC, talking about her daily masala chai and beautiful home office views.

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’m a social media educator, author, researcher, speaker and coach. At USC, Australia I coordinate the social media degree, major and minor streams.

How do you like your coffee: No coffee for me. I make masala chai from scratch every morning. It’s my life elixir.

Device(s) you use: iPhone X, iPad, Dell laptop (supplied from work) and ​Blue Yeti Nano Desktop Microphone.

Describe your working style in one sentence: A weekly to-do list where I chip away at long-term projects interspersed with daily meetings and short-term tasks.

What does your workspace look like: My spare room is divided into two parts: a yoga space and my workspace. My desk is right next to a window where I have a beautiful view of the Sunshine Coast landscape. My furry supervisor, Shakti, is usually by my side. The sunsets I often see from my workspace can be breathtaking.

How does your workspace affect your creative process: It’s a really calming space and I’m surrounded by the natural environment. My most creative ideas and work tend to burst forth when my mind is still and free from distraction.

Do you have a favourite playlist for work: I’m more productive in silence, so I have bought industrial earmuffs to block out my neighbours.

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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.