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Ways We Work

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Taylor Jones

Chief Curator at Dear Photograph

What do you do?

My name is Taylor Jones (Or known on the internet as @TJ on Twitter or @someone on Instagram)! I’m a 25 year old, old creative soul that currently lives in Waterloo, Ontario. I look through old photo albums for a living. I am the founder of the world’s largest nostalgia blog, People send me their photos of a picture of a picture from the past in the present and I post one photo a day. In 2011, TIME Magazine named the website #7 website of the year and CBS named it #1. I signed a book deal with HarperCollins in Canada and the USA and became a Canadian bestseller in 2012. Dear Photograph is everything I’ve ever wanted in one thing – Nostalgia, photography, internet, blogs and emotional connection with other people’s stories from around the world.

What mobile device do you use?

I currently am permanently attached to my iPhone 5. I even have wear marks from my fingers on the back of my iPhone!

Best way to stay on top of email?

I’m a Gmail guy for sure, so I usually have around 4 or 5 Gmail tabs open in my browser at all times and keep up with it manually that way. I of course keep it organized with labels based on who’s trying to keep my inbox 0 above zero!

Top five applications or programs?

Part of my job is documenting my own life and sharing photos so I can say I use some pretty fun applications!

SproutSocial: Keeps my social media organized in a beautiful looking way. Best designed social media analytics and scheduling platform I’ve used. Check it out gurus!

Asana: This things does wonders for teams working on projects together. I especially love the calendar view to add tasks and collaborate on things together. I’m a new user on this but it does wonders for keeping me organized.

Tumblr: Tumblr keeps me honest and creative. I use this to post the daily Dear Photograph but I also use it to get inspiration for cool and creative things online. I follow likewise people on Tumblr and I love refreshing it every chance I can get!

Clipter: I’m big on documenting life. Clipter documents the way I spend my days using video. But also allows me to collaborate with people when I go away on a weekend trip somewhere or a vacation. Or videos are then stitched together and voila! A memory is made. (Example:

Spotify: Have to give the music that fills my ears everyday some credit. I’m a Spotify user which lets me listen to pretty much everything (thanks internet!). Music is motivation for me. It’s almost equivalent to coffee, it gives me that extra boost during the day.

What is your best time-saving trick?

Headphones. When I’m working away and need to focus in on something, putting on the set of headphones and zoning in saves so much times instead of becoming distracted!

Favourite productivity tool?

Pocket is one of guilty pleasures (but it saves me time). Usually during the day if an article title catches my eye, I’ll click on it see if it is an article I want to read and then I’ll add it to my pocket. I’ll then usually come home at night, lay on the couch or sit in bed and read over all the articles I added to my pocket. Therefore, saving me time during the day that I would spend 30 minutes or so reading articles I just could of read that night at home! Bingo, bango bongo!

One non-tech thing you can't live without?

My Field Notes notebook. This thing is like my 3rd part of my brain. Everything I remember is written down in this bad boy. Never leave the house without it.

Structure of your typical day, how do you divide your time?

8:00am Wake up and have coffee

9:00am Shower and prep for the day

10:00am Check and respond to business emails

12:00pm Lunch

1:30pm Focus and creative strategy session

4:00pm Hour long bike ride

6:00pm Dinner

7:00pm Non-fiction reading

8:00pm Relax by watching baseball or hockey

11:00pm Bed.

What does your workspace look like?

Who would you like to see featured on Ways We Work?

Designer, Aaron Draplin (Founder of Field Notes and Draplin Design Co.), Super rad dude!