We had the good fortune of connecting with Terri Moore and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Terri, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
The one thing that drastically changed my approach to work life balance was motherhood. Before my son was born it was very easy to work late at night and on weekends and actually waste a lot of time. Studies have shown that working beyond about 50 hours a week actually starts to make you less productive and prone to burn-out. These days I am a lot more focused about how I use my time, and very protective of the hours that I get to work. There are a few habits I’ve developed over the years to make the best use of the time I have. I schedule my creative time in the morning when I’m well rested, and leave email and other administrative matters to the afternoon when my energy starts to fade. I also try to keep appointments in the afternoon so as to not interrupt my creative flow. One of the benefits to being self-employed is the ability to set your own hours. One of the downsides to that is people often think you’re available anytime to meetup for coffee or other adventures. (I’m talking pre-pandemic here) So I am very careful to not do this too often otherwise my productivity really starts to slip. Meeting friends for coffee or a trip to the art museum is great, but I like to schedule it ahead of time so I can plan my work week around it. Lastly, I think the most important factor for being the most productive is to get enough sleep. In architecture school I routinely did all nighters in the studio ahead of big presentations, but I’m much better at managing my time these days and regularly get a full night’s sleep.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
As a business we like to focus on the most challenging parts of a project. No two projects are alike, and we revel in the getting the details right. For us, this is what keeps things exciting and interesting. We never know what new challenge our clients are going to give us next. Getting to where we are now has been a learning process. Everything we’ve learned in the past gives us new experience to tackle future projects. We also spend a lot of time doing our own personal projects that help us to learn new strategies that we can use on future projects.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Since I’m an art lover, we would do a tour of all the wonderful art museums and galleries, especially those that have some interesting architecture to see. Here are a few of my favorites, The Getty Center, The Broad Museum, MOCA, LACMA and Hauser + Wirth. For a sweet treat we would stop at to Gelateri Uli for the best gelato in the city. And for a little exercise, one of my favorite things to do is hike up to Griffith Park Observatory from Fern Dell, it’s a great work out and you are rewarded with a wonderful view on the city from the top.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My business partner and husband, Marcus Friesl. With the pandemic, we’ve had each other as a source constant support and encouragement. It’s been a very difficult few months, but I feel like as a team were are doing a great job.
Image credit for photo of me: Paul Vu No credit necessary for the others