This Is How I Work

Jeff Hilimire tagged me in his most recent post titled This is how I work and I happily obliged. The idea is to share my style for working and getting things done. Alright, let’s get into it.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Doesn’t have to be tech.

I use Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Drive, Pardot, Twitter, Github, and Digg Reader on a daily basis — I’m pretty basic.

What’s your workspace like?

My workspace is super simple: MacBook Air. That’s it. No monitor, no mouse, nothing. On the furniture front, I love my 3M adjustable footrest and my Herman Miller Aeron chair.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

I like the only-read-it-once strategy with email where I either respond to it quickly, file it to handle later, or schedule a time on my calendar if it needs more extended focus. I’m not perfect at only reading email once, but I’m very good at it.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

I use Google Calendar Tasks and the Notes app on the iPhone to keep track of less important tasks and then I schedule important tasks as calendar events.

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

Besides my MacBook Air and iPhone 4s, I love my iPad Air (I know, I’m an Apple Fanboi). I also enjoy the Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard for iPad.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

I’m not better than anyone else at this but I’m really good at seeing trends and patterns in technology and getting great people excited about building solutions around opportunities.

What do you listen to while at work?

I like listening to Slacker Radio in my car but I don’t listen to anything at work.

What are you currently reading?

I’m almost done with The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon and recommend it. Jeff Bezos is the Steve Jobs of our generation.

Are you an introvert or an extravert?


What’s your sleep routine like?

I love sleep. I usually read before bed and sleep 8.5 hours a night.

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

I’ll pass the baton over to Johnson to answer these questions.

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

Figure out what you love, figure what you’re good at, and find the intersection of the two. And, of course, I’m very fond of saying corporate culture is the only sustainable competitive advantage for companies.

Is there anything else you want to add?

I find peace in having a routine and structure to have time for tactical items, strategic planning, catching up, etc. I find myself doing more tactical work during the day and more strategic items after hours or off-site.

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