We first crossed paths with Mark Collins at the Providence Entrepreneurs Meetup and at the South Coast WordPress Meetup here at Groundwork! It wasn’t until after Mark joined the Groundwork team in March of 2016 that we discovered he was an under-cover yogi with a meditation practice and affinity for Hindu Philosophy.
I’ve personally enjoyed some pre-work silent meditation sessions with Mark right here at Groundwork!, as well as some great conversations around friendship, work, and life. Here Mark shares a little about his SEO company, his daily routines, and how he stays grounded:
What’s your profession?
Search Engine Optimization for Local and Regional Businesses and Organizations. (www.OnWebLocal.com)
Describe a typical work day for you.
Coffee and returning emails. A few hours intensely focused work. A walk to a park or a beach at lunch. A few more hours work. Late afternoon visit to a cafe – more coffee and returned emails. A nice dinner with girlfriend, family or friend. 1 to 3 hours of late night work.
What’s the biggest challenge you face at your job?
Time management and time management and time management, in that order, LOL
Do you have a morning routine?
Morning meditation. A short time outside to walk and/or exercise.
What are your favorite productivity tips or hacks?
Google Docs (G Suite), to keep all my projects organized.
What do you listen to during the day?
Being a fan of Yoga and meditation, I find listening to Indie (American Kirtan) style music comforting. I also like binaural beats for brainwave entrainment. Being over 55, I sometimes mix in some 70’s and 80’s rock music to wake up!
How do you benefit from using a coworking space?
It helps me to stay focused, to have other folks nearby who are also working hard to achieve their goals.
What’s in your digital toolbox? (Favorite apps, hardware, etc.)
Software: Google Docs, Sheets & Slides, Animoto.com, Youtube editor and Adobe Photoshop.
What is the most surprising or unusual aspect of your life?
I am a published author and columnist on the topics of: meditative yoga and Hinduism, unity consciousness and metaphysical philosophy.
What inspires you?
Working with others to improve the environment and our society. The world needs more peace, love and understanding.