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This is How I Work

Posted on Dec 22, 2013 by in Leadership | 1 comment

This is how I work – alright – I will participate – but – with a full disclaimer: I am actually laughing extremely hard at our lameness.  We have now started “blogging at each other” (admit it, that is funny).  I am actually thinking through who I want to ask, won’t be the usual suspects, count on it…now, read this, then I will tell you who I want to know, and see if the Atlanta community can pressure the person into responding:

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

I am simple, and minimalist in the truest definition of the word.  I use a browser of course (Chrome), I use Google Apps (all of it), Email, Calendar, Drive, Sites, Chat, Hangouts, hell I even use that translator feature.  I basically start and finish my day by simply opening up my browser which is defaulted to open my Google Apps.  The only other software I use is Evernote — and of course WordPress to power my blog that no one reads.

(Bonus) What apps are on your phone home screen right now?
In order on my iThingy, this one actually is kinda interesting, it speaks to what someone does: Messages, Calendar, Photos, Delta App, Camera, Spotify, Echofon, Uber, Facetime, Google Maps, Ness, Weather, Evernote, LinkedIN, Trunk Club, and lastly AirBnB.  Ha.  So basically I message people, manage my travel schedule, listen to music, don’t drive, eat out, take notes, connect with people, order clothes, and stay in strange people’s homes.

What’s your workspace like?
OK, this one is easy.  I don’t really have one.  It is basically my computer.  I travel so much.  I had the big fancy office in Atlanta, many of you have visited me in it, well, WhatCounts grew, so that fancy office is now a fun/hangout/meeting room – the view is still rocking.  I do have a home office with a standup desk, but mainly my workspace is simple, clean, only digital.  I don’t keep paper, at all.  It is my laptop and my backpack.  My laptop is a Macbook Air, my backpack is old, I need a new one — “Whatup Santa”.

What’s your best time-saving trick?
Time-saving trick(s).  I manage my email like a to-do-list.  Think Inbox Zero, but mainly I work my inbox.  I use ScheduleOnce to manage meeting requests, this one is a big time saver.  I’ve even found that clients enjoy it.  Lastly, each month I audit my schedule and ask myself “should I have been in that meeting”, if the answer is no, I go back to the meeting organizer and discuss it with them.  After years of doing this, basically I am in a morning checkin, product, client, and prospect meetings.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?
I use my inbox to manage my daily activities, if I think of something I need to do, I actually email myself.  I use Evernote to run the morning check-in.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?
I’m not really a gadget person.  It is just another thing I will lose.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
I love how everyone is being humble on this one.  I will straight up say, I can explain something that doesn’t exist using words that paints a picture that everyone can see.  I use words to bring vision to life better that anyone (or at least most).

What do you listen to while at work?
Finally a serious question: I listen to music non-stop, while walking, ubering, and yes working.  Mostly I listen to old school rap.

What are you currently reading?
I don’t read a lot of books.  I mostly read the Internet, Whitepapers, and Blogs.  I do read daily, but I’ve never been a big book reader.  Right now I am reading a whitepaper on rebranding best practices.

Are you an introvert or an extravert?
I’ve blog about this.  I am an ambivert.  Let’s be clear, this question is about energy flow, not about “are you outgoing?”.

What’s your sleep routine like?
Strange.  I either don’t sleep or I sleep 14 hours.  Seriously, here is the deal, I travel and work so much that I’ve always believed I can sleep later.  My pattern seems to be I get 4-6 hours regularly and then every week or two I will sleep 10 hours + one night.  Last night I went to sleep around 10 pm and woke up around 9 am.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ______ answer these same questions.
Let’s go with Tom Noonan!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Real leaders are not super stars, they create super stars.

Is there anything else you want to add?
I made fun of us blogging at each other, but I love that we work in a community of “sharers”.  How cool is that.

1 Comment

  1. Thanks for picking up the baton, but did you just pass it to someone that doesn’t blog?! If so, I’m going to call that a passive kill on your part 😉

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