Current mobile device: Nexus 4
Current computer: 13” MacBook Air (Mid 2012) at home, Lenovo laptop at work.
One word that best describes how you work: Impulsively
What apps/software/tools can't you live without?
Google Calendar saves my neck in a million ways, from remembering birthdays, doctor’s appointments, anniversaries, conference calls with colleagues in far-off time zones, etc. My memory is terrible so I use what technology I can to outsmart myself. OneNote is still the champ at storing all the documents and notes I use daily. Google Music feeds my impulses like little else can, Feedly has been a nice rebound relationship after Reader, and DoggCatcher keeps my podcasts in order without my help.
What's your workspace like?
Barren and green. I get distracted by clutter. Clutter needs to be organized in a to-do list or filed away until I have time to properly tackle it. If my desk is messy, something went wrong. I’m big on cable management, but I’m no artisan. Twisty ties and braiding cables are enough for me. As long as my feet never get tangled up or accidentally unplug something, I’m good. I recently added some succulents and cacti to my desk for greenery since I sit with my back to nature. They’re alive for now, but succulents are tricky.
What's your best time-saving trick?
Saying “no” and delegating. No one knows your workload better than you, so don’t allow others to overwhelm you unknowingly. Saying ”no” takes experience and should never be abused. If you say it too often, people will stop asking for your help and I guarantee your career will stagnate. If attending a meeting as an FYI will cause you to miss a deadline, hit “decline”. If you have direct reports, use them often and responsibly.
What's your favorite to-do list manager?
For work I use an Ohto Super Promecha 1500 mechanical pencil that is heavy and will never leave ink stains on my pants if I drop it. I have two notebooks that have yet to fail me; one I take to every meeting and is filled with work-related notes and daydreams, while the other is my master to-do list of things that need to get done. Nothing and I mean nothing gets crossed off until it is truly done. For life I use Wunderlist for long-term chores and Google Keep for the stuff I need to do today.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without?
The Roku box is the future from your childhood in your living room today. Whatever you’re looking for, it is ready in an instant to give it to you.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
I excel at taking no loss chances. You’ll never know what you could achieve or receive if you don’t ask for it. People can’t read your mind, and professionally, people like to be recognized as experts in their field. Sure, there are jerks everywhere you go in life, but the vast majority of people are decent folk.
What are you currently reading?
The Harry Potter books, again. I usually read non-fiction, but I’d be lying to you if I said I was reading something noble.
What do you listen to while you work?
I have to write original content a lot, so I either listen to video game soundtracks or nothing at all, but with my headphones on. The soundtrack to Skyrim (Jeremy Soule) is one of the best ever. I want "The Streets of Whiterun" to play at my funeral because it’s beautiful, warm, and will properly bum everyone out to no end. However, the soundtrack crown still rests on the heads of Stephen Rippy and Kevin McMullan (Age of Empires/Mythology).
The one exception to the above is Midnight Brown’s entire catalog (Giant Bomb’s Jeff Gerstmann and Chris Henderson). Amazing stuff.
Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
I’m an introvert that’s capable of great feats of outward expression.
What's your sleep routine like?
Erratic. I usually sleep from 11:30 pm to 5:30 am, but it depends on how good the Internet is that night.
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What's the best advice you've ever received?
Be kind, patient, and helpful to everyone. You will need help at some point in your career, and people remember slights. Work is more gratifying when you see others succeed as a result of your tutelage.
Is there anything else you'd like to add?
Never check your phone during a meeting. It’s rude and everyone will notice.