This is How I Work

I was inspired the other day while reading Lifehacker, and thought it’d be fun to write my own “This is how I work” post.

Current mobile device: Samsung Galaxy S3. Been an Android guy from my original Motorola Droid

Current computer:

  • At home: Macbook Pro 13″
  • At work: Macbook Pro 15″ + some 7-year old Wintel tower

I work: Loud and fun

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

What’s your workspace like?

Super clean and organized…minimalist. No clutter, no papers. At max, a post-it note or two. One desktop (Windows) and one external monitor for my Macbook Pro. They are also connected via Synergy.

What do you listen to while you work?

Usually one of my co-workers or someone telling me to be quiet :)…otherwise, 90% of the time nothing. When I’m having trouble focusing, I’ll throw on the popular songs from Spotify. If I’m in the “get stuff done now” mode, I may turn to classical music and use headphones.

What’s your best time-saving trick/life hack?

  • Keep my IM/messenger on busy at ALL times
  • Memorize keyboard shortcuts. Any time you use a command more than one, MEMORIZE it.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

  • Post-it notes and a pen

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

Not really a gadget, but my 180 earmuffs are life savers…I probably wear them more than half the year.

What’s your sleep routine like?

From birth…I’ve always had sleeping problems (my poor mother). The only times I get good rest is if I run a half marathon or play basketball for 2+ hours…otherwise, I fluctuate between 5-7 hours, going to bed around midnight to 2am.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

…I’m loud and talk A LOT. I like to keep things light (when possible) – laughing and smiling are good things.

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

  • Doing common things give you common results…to have extraordinary results, you have to try extraordinary things.
  • Better to be lucky than being good. Luck defined as: when preparation meets opportunity.