How I Work

Lifehacker does a series on famous people and how they work. I’m not even close to semi-famous but it got me thinking about how do I work. It feels scattered but I’m starting to focus on a couple of apps and I wanted to jot down how I use those for myself. Maybe I’ll learn something or find a gap. So here goes:

Location: Lake Stevens and Woodinville
Current Gig: B2B Lead at BDA, amateur musician
One word that best describes how you work: Iteratively
Current mobile device: Samsung Galaxy S4
Current Computer: Spare part “frankenstein” at home, Dell laptop at work (with docking station)

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Why?
Evernote, Todoist, Chrome, TFS, and email. My work comes from two basic places; email and our bug/request system. From there I try to break it down into tasks that I track in Todoist to try to keep me focused. Evernote is used for notes while researching issues and working through solutions. Those along with Chrome help me keep in sync going between work and home, making it very seamless. At home I follow a similar process but tasks are focused on my music and home projects. The part that is challenging still to me is turning longer running items into workable chunks.

What’s your workspace setup like?
I try to keep it simple and I have it very similar at both work and home. It starts with 2 monitors and an ergonomic keyboard. From there I like a minimalist approach; as close to nothing on the desk as possible.



Right now my home desk also has a control surface for mixing audio.


What’s your best time-saving shortcut/life hack?
Google Now. That has been getting better all the time to notify me of what I need to know when I need to know it.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?
I was trying to use Evernote, but I was introduced to Todoist and I have been steadily bringing it into my workflow.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without and why?
My Kindle. Between books and Instapaper I’m on it almost every day. I just can’t read enough.

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret?
I would say fearlessness for trying new technology or processes. The secret is that while it can be daunting, I try to tackle it anyway as I always learn something new I can use in my life. There is usually some correlation to what I’ve done in the past but often it involves trying something, looking at the results, making changes, and then doing that process over again.

What do you listen to while you work?
Typically progressive metal/hard rock like Dream Theater and Pagan’s Mind. Throw in guitar goodness like Joe Satriani and Marco Sfogli and you can fly through work.

What are you currently reading?
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley and the Federalist Papers.


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