How I Work

Jumping on the bandwagon with this adult-version of those surveys I used to love.


Location: Pittsburgh, PA
Current gig: Digital Marketing Contractor for GlobeIn, Freelance Translator
Current mobile device: iPhone 5
Current computer: Macbook Air <3
One word that best describes how you work: Detailed

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

Calendar, Evernote, Google Drive, Voxer, Google Translate, Multitran.ru, Linguee

What’s your workspace like?

Since I work remotely, I work in a variety of places. If I’m at home, I either sit in a comfy chair or use my standing desk (actually a bookshelf). When I need to get out of the house I go to coffee shops and libraries around Pittsburgh, or sometimes I sit out on my back patio. I always like to mix things up and take lots of breaks so things don’t get too monotonous.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Don’t multitask. Focus on one thing at a time until it’s done.

Also, get as much sleep as your body needs.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

A combination of Evernote, Reminders, and my Calendar.

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

My phone and computer are the only electronics I regularly use. I prefer to read physical books, although that could change if I got a tablet of some sort.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Admitting when I’m wrong. Being honest with myself and avoiding sugar-coating things. I’m pretty good at seeing through bullshit and getting to the root of the problem so that I can find a solution.

What are you currently reading?

The War of Art by Steven Pressfield, On Writing Well by William Zinsser, The Continuum Concept by Jean Liedloff.

What do you listen to while you work?

If the work doesn’t require much thought, I can listen to whatever I’m in the mood for. If it’s more demanding, I’ll either work in silence or listen to one song on repeat so that there aren’t any surprises to distract me.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Most people would label me an introvert, but I find that dichotomy extremely limiting. I have lots of friends and enjoy spending time with them, although I usually prefer 1-on-1 interactions to group settings. I spend quite a bit of time alone and enjoy it immensely. I used to feel pressured to spend my weekends being social, but I’ve grown out of that and now I’m perfectly content to spend my Saturday nights home alone reading or working on something.

What’s your sleep routine like?

I try to go to bed before midnight and wake up around 7. I feel most productive in the mornings, so if I stay up any later, then I’m either tired the next day or I sleep in and feel like I’ve wasted half my day. I like to go for a walk every morning to get the blood flowing and activate my brain and then get right to work.

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

Nobody. I don’t think anybody else should be able to get away with this lame excuse for a blog post.

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

Don’t mistake the path of least resistance for the one most likely to bring a full life.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Experiment with different things, see what works for you.

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