How I Work

Thought this might be helpful for people.

The following questions are from the “This is How I Work” series from Life Hacker. Here’s a bit from their website describing the series:

“The How I Work series asks heroes, experts, and flat-out productive people to share their shortcuts, workspaces, routines, and more.”

Enjoy!

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Here’s How I Work:

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Current gig: Digital Marketing Intern for Everytable

Current mobile device: LG G3

Current computer: ASUS Vivobook 14' w/ Touchscreen (8 GB RAM)

One word that best describes how you work: Chunking

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

 FACT.

FACT.

  1. Google Calendar: I can't get anything done unless I schedule it
  2. Evernote: the best place to have highly searchable notes and save trees at the same time
  3. Spotify: I love listening to music while I work
  4. Focus Booster: this is a Pomodoro timer that keeps me focused (I set mine to 36 minutes at a time)
  5. Pen + sketchbook: for drawings, diagrams, and other free-form stuff

What’s your workspace like?

At my apartment, I switch between a fold-up table with my laptop and my make-shift standing desk.

I created it by using the bar-top counter of our kitchen with one of these individual bookstands I bought freshman year. Whenever I feel like I've been sitting too long, I use the standing desk for better health.

 It looks kind of like this.

It looks kind of like this.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Write out a task list every week and every day as well. Chunk similar tasks together so that you don't have to switch back-and-forth (mentally and physically) between so many tasks.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

Google Calendar.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

My Kindle Paperwhite. It's lead me to read more anytime I want. Some of the things I love about it:

  • backlight for night-time reading
  • storage for 2,000+ books
  • lightweight for daily carry
  • battery life for long trips and flights.

It's been one of the best things I've ever bought.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

I cook the fluffiest, most perfectly-seasoned scrambled eggs out there. Starts my day out right.

What are you currently reading?

I'm currently doing a summer-long book-a-week reading challenge. They're mainly non-fiction books.

The next 3 books on my list are The Defining Decade by Meg Jay, The 4 Hour Workweek by Tim Ferriss, and The Last Safe Investment by Bryan Franklin and Michael Ellsberg.

What do you listen to while you work?

I'll pop in anything on the Focus section of Spotify. I'm also a giant nerd, so I occasionally listen to video game and anime soundtracks too.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

I love talking to people because it emotionally stimulates me. But the longer conversation goes on, the more drained I feel. That's when I need to go to somewhere else with just me and my music.

I guess I'm an ambivert leaning on extrovert.

What’s your sleep routine like?

During the school year, things got kind of hectic, so sleep was hard to come by. Now, I try to sleep at the same time every night and get at least 8 hours of sleep to feel fully refreshed. I'm not too successful at this yet.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ______ answer these same questions.

Bear Grylls if we're talking celebrities here. Realistically, I'd like to see how my friend Dorothy works.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

"If it is to be, it is up to me." This is my desktop background so I see it every day as a reminder to myself that nothing in this world just happens to you. It's up to you to go out and create, socialize, and adapt to get what you want.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

You don't have to have a certain amount of knowledge until you're allowed to do something.

If you want to be a marketer, do a decent marketing campaign for a local business.

If you want to be an actress, film an okay video for YouTube.

If you want to be an author, start writing mediocre first drafts.

You don't need more knowledge. You need action.

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Find any useful tips in there? Let me know in the comments how you work. I respond to every comment.