Tim and I weren’t always productive.

8 years ago, I was working two professional jobs, raising a toddler, building a house and juggling a mountain of volunteer work. And I was stressed!

Too many balls were in the air at the same time. I kept to-do’s in my head and my mind was disorganised. I remember waking at 2 am with profound thoughts like “Remember to refill the toner cartridge.” Deep stuff! It was obvious that I had a problem.

Now meet Tim.

Tim was leading a statewide IT project, travelling regularly, raising a toddler and running a disability association in his spare time. He was overloaded with emails and his inbox was out of control. Living on his phone, he would regularly miss actions or lose attachments. Even when Tim was not at work, his mind was stuck at work. Like me, he needed a different way.

Then we got smart.

Independently from each other, we both began to ask the right questions. We devoured dozens of productivity books. Ran literature reviews. Found a productivity coach and started a business book club. Bit by bit, through shifting workplace habits, we found that things started to change.

Building on our diverse professional backgrounds, we now help others to do the same.

DANIEL SIH

Daniel has 15 years of experience working in senior leadership and strategic consulting roles across Australia and the UK. He is a skilled communicator, trainer, coach and writer. He has led a number of not-for-profit organisations, including Third Place Communities, Together Church, and Forge Tasmania, and has experience working as a Physiotherapist, a Project Manager, and a health services manager in the public service.

Daniel is an accredited Top 5 StrengthsFinder coach with the South Pacific Strengths Network.

Daniel has 3 children, 18 chickens and is a founding Director of Spacemakers.

TIM HYNES

Tim is a qualified Health Information Manager, Project Manager, and Change Manager, with over 15 years of experience in senior leadership roles. He has lead the rollout of numerous projects in industries such as health, tertiary education, utilities and industry. He is also an accredited Top 5 StrengthsFinder coach with the South Pacific Strengths Network.

Tim has served as the President of MND Tasmania and Vice President of MND Australia (Motor Neurone Disease), and is chair of the Risdon Vale Bike Collective.

Tim has 2 children, 2 rabbits and is a founding Director of Spacemakers.

MIKALA GROSSE

Mikala joined Spacemakers in 2015. She has worked as a political Chief of Staff, an eLearning Developer, an Executive Support Officer, and a productivity coach. She has more than 15 years experience in office and administration team management, and runs her own business, Inspired Office, helping female business owners simplify, integrate and automate their businesses and workflow.

When not entertaining her tech-geek tendencies Mikala enjoys reading crime novels and tap dancing, although not at the same time.

Mikala has 2 children, a geriatric Jack Russell Terrier and is the eLearning and Development Manager at Spacemakers.

MATT BAIN

Matt has 15 years of counselling and leadership experience across the public service, education sector, and in private practice. His roles have involved individual counselling, group therapy facilitation, psycho-educational program delivery, policy development, productivity training and team leading. When not working for Spacemakers, Matt helps lead a local church community in southern Tasmania.

In his spare time, he enjoys brewing beer with friends whilst listening to records. This may sound painfully and self-consciously cool, so it’s important to him that you know he was enjoying these past times before they were tarnished by bearded hipsters.

Matt has 2 children, a 40kg chocolate Labrador, and is a senior trainer at Spacemakers.