The British computer programmer and the chief technical officer (CTO), also known as a chief technology officer or chief technologist of SLACK, Mr. CAL HENDERSON has a very balanced daily routine which takes him to build at least $20.98M plus and a quality time to spend with his family. one of the perfect example of a perfect life. This all happens because he is a person who knows that how to get the best outcome of time or how to utilize his time for getting better day by day.
What is slack?
- Slack is a messaging program designed for use in the workplace, the leading workplace messaging platform, which Henderson’s team invented while trying to build an online game called Glitch.
- It’s available for desktop and mobile and can be used through the Slack website on a web browser.
- There’s a free version, but if you want the full version, it’s at least $6.67 a month per person.
- which to date, has over 12 million users and more than 119,000 paid customers across 150+ countries.
Who is CAL HENDERSON?
- Callum James Henderson-Begg (born 17 January 1981), known as Cal Henderson, is a British computer programmer and author based in San Francisco.
- Henderson attended Sharnbrook Upper School and Community College, and Birmingham City University where he graduated with a degree in software engineering in 2002.
- He led the technical development of Flickr from its founding, pioneered the use of APIs, and created the basis for oAuth and oEmbed, now used by YouTube, Twitter, and many others.
- Henderson is best known as the co-founder and chief technology officer at Slack.
MORNING OF CAL HENDERSON
- EARLY BIRD CAL
Henderson wakes up at 7-7.30am every day. He has a very regular sleep schedule.
- listen audio books
Around 9am he way towards 50 min walk and simultaneously, he listen to audiobooks at 2-to-3x speed. As per source he has read or listened to 70-plus books this year.
- checking messages, and watching news
Mornings are spent scanning news from BBC and Reddit, checking any Slack messages that might have come in overnight, and spending time with his son.
AFTERNOON OF CAL HENDERSON
- Between 10am and 5pm Office time
Henderson will be at Slack’s San Francisco headquarters, spending most of his time in meetings and interviews.
(“I have a desk in our headquarters, but I’m rarely found there. Most of my days are spent in meetings.”)
- staff meeting at 10am
The meetings begin, often with a staff meeting. It’s late enough that the late starters (like cal!) have been at the office for a few minutes, but not so late that they’ve gotten down to work.
- schedule meetings on the half-hour or hour.
He schedule meetings on the half-hour or hour. It’s easy to let them fill the time. Having an agenda before you start is a huge help. Many recurring meetings have a single document with an agenda that they add to over the course of the week.
- set a 10-minute reminder
He set a 10-minute reminder on his Apple Watch for meetings. It’s helpful for workflow. their video conference system (Zoom) displays a countdown for the last 10 minutes of each meeting, which keeps me on time.
- lunch at 1 pm
To avoid getting stuck in back-to-back meetings, Henderson breaks up his day with lunch.
[“I’m kind of a garbage human in how I eat, but I try to make lunch my healthier meal of the day and leave the office to have lunch whenever possible.”]
Doing walking one-on-ones helps me get exercise
- A couple of half-hour breaks
At 2:30, he take a break. He like a few breathers throughout the day–He find having a couple of half-hour breaks is much less stressful than having constant, back-to-back meetings.
- onsite interviews.
Time for some onsite interviews at 3pm. I interview only a fraction of the candidates we have onsite, but I like to spend a portion of my time every week on recruiting.
- He schedule one block daily without a meeting to catch up on Slack (He is also reading it during the day) and email (He usually check it just once a day). He also read proposals, give feedback, or route information to the right people.
What he does in his 15 minutes of free time?
Find somebody in the organization he haven’t spoken to in a while and spend 15 minutes picking their brain about what’s on their mind. As our organization grows, he is never going to have perfect information about what’s happening. People all over the organization, and in different roles, always have good insights into what they could be doing better.
EVENING OF CAL HENDERSON
- A 40-minute walk to home
At 5pm, Henderson will start his walk home, which doubles as exercise and a way to unwind from the day, “having the extra time to think or listen to an audiobook or podcast is a great way to decompress.”
6:00 p.m. This is family time, and he love this session of his day and spend his time only with family without compromising.
7:00 p.m. His wife and he have a set date night once a week. It can be hard to stick to, but making sure we take time away from work every week is really important.
LAST THING HE DOES AT NIGHT
- He usually listens to some audiobooks in the half-hour before he go to sleep.
- Around 10:30 or 11 p.m. he brush his teeth and listen to audio book while sleeping
TIME HE GOES TO BED
Around 10:30 or 11 p.m. He rests his day and take his complete sleep for fresh morning and better productivity.
BOOKS BY CAL HENDERSON
- BUILDING SCALABLE WEBSITE
- SEARCHING WITH PHP MYSQL
- BUILDING SCALABLE WEBSITE: BUILDING, SCALING AND OPTIMISING NEXT GENERATION.
The Web Application Scale of Stupidity goes from OGF (One Giant Function) to OOP (Object Oriented Programming), like this: OGF ——– sanity ——— OOP
— Cal Henderson
THINGS TO LEARN FROM CAL HENDERSON
- Surround yourself with good people
- Remember when you wanted what you currently have
- Be good to your talent
- Keep your ethics and values no matter what
- There are no problems, only challenges
- Always have a backup plan
- Get out of your comfort zone
- Communication can fix almost everything
- Be grateful
- Every interaction matters
- Failing is part of succeeding