Spotlight on Betty Tang
Meet Betty Tang: Founder of 'Upright Oats' oat milk, Betty is a flexitarian foodie, MBA student at Yale, and proud Toronto Raptors fan.
Tell us about Upright Oats!
I'm working on a venture called Upright Oats, which offers delicious and affordable oat milk that has the same nutrients as traditional dairy. By using oats, we avoid common allergens like lactose, nuts, soy, and gluten, and are excited to offer a choice that's better for the environment as oat milk uses only one sixth of the water required by almond milk and emits a fraction of traditional dairy's greenhouse gases. I started Upright Oats because I'm passionate about public health and sustainability, and believe that business can be a force for good. My hope is that Upright Oats can create positive change through a simple solution by helping others make small daily food choices that collectively can add up to a big impact on the environment.
What are your best hacks for productivity?
My top three hacks are single-tasking, removing phone notifications, and using a planner. At least for me, I find that I'm way more efficient at getting things done (and done well) when I focus on one thing at a time instead of multi-tasking. I like the pomodoro method in particular for keeping me focused. Removing push notifications on my phone helps a lot with this by limiting distractions. I usually answer emails and messages in batches, which sometimes means I'm a little slow with responses, but goes a long way to keeping me on track with being productive towards the tasks I'm focused on. Keeping a physical weekly planner always on hand also helps me a lot with productivity so I can jot down to-dos and notes as they pop up and let my brain focus.
How do you create a work/life balance?
In the past, I've found work/life balance by alternating between going full speed and slowing down to travel or go off the grid. For the last few years, I've taken a couple of months off every year to explore new places or just focus on myself which has helped me return to work feeling refreshed and energized. Some things I've done during my time off that have helped me find a renewed sense of energy include spending a few months diving and getting yoga teacher certified in Indonesia as well as doing a Vipassana silent meditation retreat. Right now, while I'm still a big believer in taking time off, I'm also trying to be better about building balance in my day to day. I'm still figuring out the best way to create that but am playing with scheduling dedicated time for exercise, meditation, and sleep, which has gone a long way to creating balance.
Breakfast of Champions: Shakshuka and an Americano (with a splash of oat milk, obviously)
Apple or PC: PC. I love my iPhone but I'm Team Microsoft all the way for my laptop
Fave Film: Ferris Bueller's Day Off