MY WFH REGIME: ANDREW MARSH

During these uncertain times, Luxe has been checking in at several 'home offices' across the region. This week, we're catching up with Andrew Marsh, Chair of Vistage, Owner of Marsh Business Transformation and Chair of Age UK Northumberland.
MY WFH REGIME: ANDREW MARSH

I GET UP ON A MORNING FOR…

The same things everyday. To help other people and drive their success. 

I am one of luckiest people alive because the portfolio I have means every day is different. When I get up in the morning, I know my only aim is to have helped someone, and that is exciting as I don’t know how it will look or shape up. 

Of course, I can plan out a day, what I will do and what I want to achieve, but if at the close of business I haven’t really helped someone move forward, then the barometer in my head tells me it wasn’t a successful day. 

BREAKFAST IS…

I have to have two cups of tea before anything else – even before the morning dog walk, which I do pretty much every day. I do have a habit of picking up the day’s paper and reading the sport headlines whilst I drink them. 

When it comes to food, I go on my mood – my favourite is a bacon toasted sandwich with brown sauce. This morning though, I had granola and yoghurt.

MY DESK SET-UP INCLUDES…

Currently I have a temporary desk as we are waiting for an extension to be built with an office. Pat, my wife, works from the kitchen table. I have a simple set of drawers in the front room, and on it is a pint of water, nibbles to eat including fruit and nature valley country bars, a weekly to-do list and my laptop. I am very lucky to have a view straight out over the hills. 

I used to have an office in Wallsend, but it was pointless as I am usually out and about so much with clients and business colleagues, at client’s premises or at a good coffee shop or hotel.

LUNCHTIME BRINGS…

I like to batch cook and freeze. This generally means lunch is a decent hot meal like a stew, a chilli or a curry. I also make my own breads and pickles, so make some really special sandwiches.

TO BREAK AWAY FROM MY HOME OFFICE…

I made seven loaves at the weekend – I have sliced them and they are now frozen, ready for immediate toast. I use my garden and cooking as a release – I even grow my own vegetables and cook them. My garden is currently full of cucumber, tomatoes, radish, lettuce, broad beans, peas, courgettes, French beans, swede, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, broccoli, chillis, apples, pears, plums, cherries, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries and gooseberries

WHEN 5 O’CLOCK HITS…

Sometimes I open a bottle of wine, other times I am still working.

I work in hour blocks, and in between I will see how the dog is and stick my head into the kitchen to see Pat and say hello. Last night at 5pm I made elderflower cordial. Sometimes I finish at 4pm, sometimes 2pm, or sometimes 8pm. For me, I work when the mood hits or I am needed – rather than a finish time, it’s more about utilising time well between people and meetings.

I’M WATCHING…

I am sucker for cooking shows, but the recipes just go in one ear and out the other. TV is just background noise for us, so there is nothing that really captures our interest at the moment I am afraid.

I’M READING…

I hate reading anything fictional – I have read three books in my life for my English lit exam, but only remember Of Mice and Men and Lord of the Flies. The third escapes me. 

I am asked to review business books regularly and I am currently rereading Legends – The All Blacks. The message about not losing your roots resonates with me. 

I am also reading Traction –  an entrepreneurial operating book for scale up and start ups – it helps me refresh my mind. And of course, in the morning, I read sport in the newspapers.

I’M LISTENING TO…

Radio 4 in the morning. I was brought up in the indie era, so love anything from that genre.

3 TOP TIPS FOR STAYING AT HOME…

1. If I feel flat or I’m not quite there, I switch off for a bit. Don’t force yourself to do stuff unless you can give the best of you. I like to have perused my garden when there is enough light, so I would rather take a longer break during the day and then come back to work, refreshed knowing life is sorted elsewhere. I perform better that way. Find your own performance booster. 

2. It is too easy to go and make a cup of tea, look in the fridge, potter in the kitchen and then come back distracted. Set yourself up with everything you need in the period of time, so you don’t look for a distraction to get away from your desk. 

3. Communicate with your partner, if you are both working from home. Every morning, make sure you coordinate the space, the facilities and the technology that you need throughout the day so there are no clashes. 

QUOTE OF THE DAY…

“Wise people learn when they can, fools learn when they must.” – Duke of Wellington


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