Inspired by Lifehacker’s How I Work series, Maestro is helping to provide a glimpse into the work styles of our team, as well as a few of our friends and partners. Would you like to answer these questions or is there someone you would like to see featured here? Let us know!
Location: The ‘Zoo (Kalamazoo, MI) Current Gig: Ambassador, Maestro Current mobile device: iPhone 4S and iPad 2 – both white! Current computer: MacBook Air
One word that best describes how you work: Sprinkled – a little here, a little there, but it always gets done!
What apps/software/tools can't you live without? I am a major note-taker, so Evernote has a permanent spot on my dock. Wunderlist keeps me in line, and also gives me the fabulous sense of completion that I love so much when I can check something off my list! And lastly, I’ve recently started using TweetDeck, which has been super helpful for research on upcoming blogs…I’m assuming after using it for longer that I’ll start to wonder how I ever lived without it!
What's your workspace like? Well, it isn’t neat and tidy, that’s for sure. But it definitely has character and fits me to a T. I collect cards or notes that people write to me, so both my desk and my monitor are littered with cards or post-it notes. Anti-bacterial hand lotion, EOS lip balm, over-sized reading glasses (for days when people need a good laugh), a water bottle and my “KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON” paperweight are all desk staples. Oh, and I can’t forget to mention my favorite accessory – my flowery over-ear OrigAudio headphones.
What's your best time-saving trick? Make a list. I am not great at doing one thing at a time; my process is a little more scattered. I’ve found that if I make a list at the beginning of the day of what I need to get accomplished and can cross things off as I go, regardless of the order, I am far more productive.
What's your favorite to-do list manager? It’s a lovely blend of Post-it notes and Wunderlist. For Maestro to-dos, I line up my Post-its, make endless notes, and cross off as I go. And Wunderlist keeps me on top of things for outside-of-Maestro life!
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without? My Garmin GPS watch. I love to run, and during long training runs I need to keep on pace and track my mileage, which is where my watch is a lifesaver. There were a couple weekends I forgot to pack my watch while I was training for my most recent race, and I was devastated …OK that’s a little dramatic, but it’s definitely a necessary gadget.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Doing all of my tasks for the day at once. I used to think it was a problem that I would have so many windows, documents, emails, etc. open on my computer screen and on my desk at the same time, but I’ve come to realize that that is just how I do my thing! I don’t like to do one thing at a time – I prefer to have flexibility to leave and come back to something if it’s not working, or continue to grind it out if I get into a groove. Don’t be alarmed when you see my space, it makes perfect sense to me.
What do you listen to while you work? A fabulous little Pandora shuffle mix with some of my favorite radio stations – Mumford & Sons, Jason Mraz, Matt Nathanson, Christina Perri, Maroon 5, and country! Putting on my headphones and hitting play is the first thing I do before getting started on my work every morning.
Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? Extro, for sure! I love meeting new people, being out in the community, and feel energized when I’m interacting with others.
What's your sleep routine like? I try really hard to get to bed early so I can get in 6 or 7 hours of sleep. I’m more of a morning person, so regardless of what time I hit the hay, I can usually pull it together to hit the gym before work or get to the office early to get a jump-start on my tasks for the day!
Fill in the blank: I'd love to see _______ answer these same questions. My best friends. We all know each other so well on a personal level, but sometimes the work side gets left out, so I’d love to learn more about their work styles.
What's the best advice you've ever received? Wow, great question. I feel privileged to have wonderful people in my life who have bestowed their wisdom upon me, solicited or not (thanks, Dad). I think one of my favorites is “be in the moment”. There is something really amazing about being completely focused on one thing or one person, and dedicating all of your attention to being content with where you are. Due to life being as crazy as it is, it’s easy to lose sight of those special moments sometimes, so it’s been a great piece of advice and reminder to slow down and enjoy life as it comes.