This Is How I Work

One of my regular reads is Lifehacker and I enjoy their “This Is How I Work” series. They ask work-related questions of pseudo-important people and in turn, they answer them.

This is how I work

So, here’s my take on This Is How I Work

Location: Apopka, FL at least a few nights each week
Current Gig: Sr. Business Solution Consultant, focusing on BPI (Business Process Improvement… we use a bunch of acronyms).
One word that best describes how you work: Passionately-Focused (The hyphen makes it one word).
Current mobile device: An iPhone 6s.
Current computer: Lenovo X230, Surface i5 and some version of an iPad.

What apps, software, tools can’t you live without? Traveling so much I rely on apps and if those apps automate my day it’s even better. Check out IFTTT. It automates such tasks as logging my FitBit activity, my Spotify songs to a spreadsheet as well as the template for my 5-minute journal. It also sends me a text each morning with the weather, and it’s free. I also rely on Evernote, perfect for storing interesting articles, ideas, recipes as well as travel receipts.

This is how I work

What’s your workspace setup like? Coffee shop with laptop and headphones? Home office with a standing desk? My home office has this amazing Samsonite office chair that lives behind a desk from my Father-In-Law. My wife’s piano from her childhood and pictures from our travels fill the walls. How many people have a copier in the middle of their TV wall unit? When traveling my office can be anywhere. A Hilton property, an airport (this is being finished up at MCO while waiting for a flight) or a customer’s site.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack? I have two. First, I make lists. I have no issue remembering action items from meetings. But, crossing those items off provides me with a sense of accomplishment. Second, I listen to audiobooks and podcasts at 1.5 speed, try it you’ll be amazed.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Might be plain text, perhaps an app like Todoist, or simply pen and paper!  I’m a pen fanatic, especially fountain pens, so I always have several with me. When it comes to paper it’s usually in the form of a Leuchtturm1917 book or 3X5 index cards. For an electronic to-do list, I use integrates with Apple reminders as well as Google Gmail.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget or tool can’t you live without and why? My Bluetooth headset and for a couple of reasons. It leaves my hands free, duh. Also, I have a tendency to walk around when I’m talking. Guess how many times I’ve dragged a phone off a desk while tethered to an earpiece?

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret? Following up, it’s very rare that I let something fall through the cracks. I learned early on that a phone call goes a long way. Even if you’re delivering news that no one wants to hear you have to follow up, it won’t go away on its own.

What do you listen to while you work? Got a favorite playlist? Maybe talk radio? Or do you prefer silence? I’m a podcast person: Mike O’Mera, Chick McGee, Tim Ferriss, The Art Of Manliness & The Grey Nato, to name a few. For music, I listen to Pandora Radio and Spotify.

What are you currently reading? What’s a book you might recommend? I finished The Mask of Masculinity by Lewis Howes. My next read will be The Challenger Sale by Matthew Dixon & Brent Adamson The book I recommend most? How to Win Friends & Influence People, published eighty years ago, but as timely as ever.

How do you recharge?  I recharge by lifting heavy stuff.

Muscle mass does not always equal strength. Strength is kindness and sensitivity. Strength is understanding that your power is both physical and emotional. That it comes from the body and the mind. And the heart.

This is how I work

What’s your sleep routine like? Are you a night owl or early-riser? I’m a combination of both, and I don’t require much sleep. When leaving out on Monday morning it’s easy to rise at 4:00 AM for a flight. And on Thursday night at 11:59 PM, I’ll still lead the charge.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ____ answer these same questions. Wow, so many influencers in my life, Chris Brogan, Tony Robbins & Tim Ferriss, so get in there.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? You have to like yourself. You might not always be happy with yourself, but you have to like yourself before you can like anyone else.

Is there anything else you’d like to add that might be interesting to readers and fans?  Life isn’t that complicated, but for whatever reason, we manage to complicate it. Be true to yourself, be true to what you are and be nice.

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