President Obama’s Former CTO Harper Reed On Surviving Stress In A High Pressure Environment

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Are you taking good care of yourself? Take a moment to actually think about that. Maybe the question makes you sneer and shake your head because you’re only twenty one, and staying up all night isn’t a big deal. Maybe you’re nodding furiously to yourself because you know all about high stress environments and how you used to be completely unable to switch off when you returned home to your friends or family at night. Harper Reed, founder of Modest (acquired by PayPal) and former CTO for President Obama’s re-election campaign has picked up a few techniques to deal with stress over the course of his journey through the tech world.

Harper Reed, of Braintree, photographed in London 2 October 2015. Ph: Rebecca Reid

“When you start in technology, you’re young and resilient”

Being able to unwind or switch off from your work is a crucial way of staying sane and it’s something that’s easier said than done for someone running their own business. There is no ‘one size fits all solution’ which is something Harper acknowledges during the interview but this discussion demonstrates how just a few simple rituals can make a big change to the quality of your working life.

“When I went to sleep, I wasn’t just constantly thinking about work”

You’ll hear the two simple rules Harper implemented into his own life, as well as a few tech tips such as the f.lux software, blue blocker glasses and hue lights. Any fans of playing Minecraft will be relieved to know that’s also an acceptable option, as well as tucking into a good old fiction book.

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