I came across this format for a blog post from our friend Dave Yankowiak at Lift Development. It’s based on a series from Lifehacker that gives readers a glimpse into how everyone from entrepreneurs to CEOs to tech gurus work. So, here’s a look inside my work world…
Location: Washington, DC
Current gig: Account Executive at Tin Can Communications
One word that best describes how you work: Purposefully
Current computer: 13” MacBook Pro
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Spotify and my Outlook calendar. I’ve also come to love Basecamp through my website design projects.
What’s your workspace like? Tin Can’s office is in a really neat space in downtown DC. We share a floor with two other cool companies, so there are always people coming and going. It’s the perfect combination of an open floor plan, co-working space with our own private office. On Fridays, you can find me working in Starbucks.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut/life hack? If I can act on something immediately (send an e-mail, upload a file to Basecamp, edit or format a document), I do so. I find if I put things off, or let my momentum lapse, it will take me twice as long to complete the task. The internet is way too distracting.
What do you listen to while you work? Everything! Listening to music keeps me focused. I’m on a country kick these days, so I’ve been rocking my Luke Bryan Spotify radio. Other days, I need some Beyonce in the afternoon to keep me going through closing time. If I really need to zone out the outside world, I throw on my Jay-Z Spotify mix.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? A pen and a pad of paper. I keep almost every aspect of my life in digital format now, but I am still a pen-and-paper person when it comes to making my to-do lists.
What’s your sleep routine like? I stay up too late (again, internet = distraction) and have to set my alarm for much earlier than I need to get up because I’m a notorious “snooze button” user.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Organizing and de-cluttering.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
- Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
- Figure out what it is you want to be the best at, and make it happen.
- “Swim Fast” -My mom, before my high school swim meets
- And lastly, my grandfather Archie always tells me the following: The three most important things in life are “Education, finance, and Archie.” I’d have to agree he’s pretty right.