Tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do for a living?
I’m Yasmine, I have a few different jobs both as an IT project manager and as an influencer. I’m obsessed with tech and I like working with people, so my jobs bring together my passions.
For my day job, I work with my team to proactively anticipate the ever-changing needs of the wider company. We try to stay as agile as possible with what we create because things are always changing. Especially working in tech, there’s always a new technology which we can adopt. I’ve followed a slightly unconventional path into the world of tech. I started in retail when I left school at 16 and worked my way up over the years into project managing.
While I’m not project managing, I’m focused on growing my community across social. On TikTok my content focuses on personal finances and on Instagram it’s predominantly lifestyle. Long term, I’d like to merge both into goal setting and productivity.
You mentioned you have ADHD & Dyslexia, how does technology help you in your day to day?
I’m so glad I work in a time where there are so many amazing apps and softwares to help make life easier. I rely heavily on technology to keep on top of my busy day-to-day, whether that’s to do with work, my kids, or communicating with other people. Without my phone, I’d forget everything. I’ve got checklists, reminders, and an app for keeping track of everything from personal life, my food, my weight, all the way through to work meetings and content deadlines. I couldn’t live without my calendar! The same goes for communicating with people. My ADHD makes me likely to forget anything I haven’t got written down, so I’m constantly making notes, to-do lists, and reminders. I set up reminders at the start of my week to direct the key things I need to get done each day.
Being dyslexic also means I find voice notes much easier than typing everything out. Otter is great for automatically transcribing conversations into notes, with summary keywords and highlights. I use it in meetings, interviews or when we’re brainstorming as a team.
Any technology tips for someone with ADHD or dyslexia?
It’s tricky to know what someone else would find helpful in terms of technology because there are so many things out there for so many purposes and that in itself can be overwhelming. My main piece of advice would be to try things out and see if they work for you. Don’t underestimate how useful simple apps can be!
Do you have any favourite apps and why?
I currently use an app called Forest, which I really like. You switch it on and set a timer for how long you want to focus without getting distracted by your phone. Another thing about having ADHD is I tend to have notifications turned on because I need them as reminders, but then they can easily become distractions when you’re trying to focus. Forest really helps with that, and then you have a little collection of trees at the end. It’s really cute and it’s free.
I also like Asana. My assistant and I use it together to assign each other tasks and keep each other updated on where we’re at with different projects. I always have more than one thing on the go at once so it’s really handy for moving tasks and subtasks into the different stages of a project. You can view things in list or calendar form depending on the focus. This one isn’t for free but for me it’s worth it.
I’m also a big fan of Tik Tok. I think people think it’s just teenagers doing weird dances but I use it to discover and learn new things; from chemistry experiments, cooking recipes to calligraphy videos.
Talk to us about what #TechItEasy means to you?
#TechItEasy means making tech work for you. It’s easy to get caught up in how fast paced life is now, the constant strive to be more productive and faster can be overwhelming. So, for me I see it as using tech tools and products to carve out the time to be more present in life.
**What Nolii products do you have? **
I use the Couple system. My phone is always in my hand so being able to mix between the wallet and battery is really smart. I find the cases with the battery built in a pain, so it’s great to remove it when you don’t need it. The bright colours are right up my street. I’ve gone for the Sage case, Peach wallet and Teal battery.
Favourite part of London? Anywhere South-East of the river!
Are you into bold or subtle colours? Always bold - expressive colours bring joy to my day.
What could you not live without? You may have already guessed but has to be my calendar
Most productive time of the day? The morning when I’m in a good sleep pattern! I’m trying to join the 5am club… I’ll let you know how that goes.