How I Work

Lifehacker is one of my favourite websites (if you don’t read LH daily you should) and they’ve been running a series of articles entitled “How We Work“. Each article features responses from various techies, geeks, businesspeeps or other special folks about a variety of topics pertaining to … well… how they work. Interesting reads were Felicia Day, Guy Kawasaki, Limor Fried, and Baratunde Thurston.

Of course having nothing else better to do on a Monday afternoon (heh), I decided to write my own version of How I Work. Without further ado:

Current gig: Office Manager at [redacted]. Internet junkie and sometimes-blogger.
Location: St. George’s, Grenada
Current mobile device: Blackberry 9800. Yes, please hold all snarky comments as there are no jokes you can make about my shitty phone that I haven’t already made to myself.
Current computer: 13″ MacBook Pro at home; 15″ Compaq 610 at work (running XP); Ubuntu partition on my daughter’s 14″ Lenovo for emergencies. I’m not fond of Windows (bite me all you Windows’ freaks!) so if I must use it at work I sure as hell ain’t using it at home! Although, to be honest, I have altered, tinkered and tweaked with my work machine so much that is most unlike a standard Windows machine. Heh.
One word that best describes how you work: Sporadically and frenetically as shown below:
What’s apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

  1. Google’s line-up: Chrome, Gmail, Docs, Calendar, Tasks and Reader. Apart from being a MacGurl, I’m also a GoogleFreak. Anything Google wants from me, they can have, privacy settings be damned!
  2. Skitch
  3. Twitter
  4. IFTTT
  5. Dropbox. I keep trying other similar services but nothing beats Dropbox. Use my referral link to sign up!
  6. Transmission bit torrent app. (Lurve me some downloaded TV shows)
  7. NetShade anonymous proxy app. (Hello there Netflix, Spotify and Hulu!)
  8. Cloudly
  9. Dashlane (since it now controls all my passwords!)

What’s your workspace like?

At home: Non-ergonomical and cramped
At work: Messy.

What do you listen to while you work?

I’m not one of those people who can listen to music while working so I’m usually in silence.

What’s your best time-saving trick/life hack?

  1. Hiring a housekeeper to come in once a week and paying someone to do my laundry. The time, energy and frustration savings are immeasurable.
  2. Declutter. Minimise. Streamline. I faithfully read Leo Babuta’s blog Zen Habits and am trying to incorporate his tips and techniques into daily life. It’s a sloooooow process but it’s definitely worth it.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

  1. Google Tasks. But I want to know WHHHHYYYY Google isn’t developing it more, making it better, more integrated and more feature-filled. Grrr….
  2. The old favourite “emailing lists to one’s self and hoping you remember to read it” trick.
Besides phone and computer, what gadgets can’t you live without?
  1. Not a gadget but I can’t live without my French press.
  2. Or a toaster oven.

What’s your sleep routine like?

I’m one of those people who need a full night’s sleep and if I miss some hours on one night I’m going to make them up somewhere else. I’m usually asleep by 10pm, awake at 5:45am.

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?

A bit of both sometimes. I really, REALLY enjoy being alone. In fact, being around other people for too long drains the hell out of me and screws with my mental rhythm.  That said, I can also be a social animal when the occasion calls for it. I enjoy witty repartee and lively discussion and can socialise for hours! But after long nights, I usually need some decompression/alone time.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? What’s your secret?

Thinking fast on my feet re: troubleshooting, problem-solving and planning. My secret? Containment, Correction and Resolution. Contain the situation, correct the problem and resolve the issue as quietly and cleanly as possible. (And often with the maximum amount of clenched-jaw, swear words). The flipside to this is that I am only able to sustain this in one area of my life, and for now I can do this at work, so every other aspect of me is haphazard.

Who would you kill to see answer these same questions?

  1. Steve Jobs [Sigh 😦 ]
  2. Amy Poehler [Love her!]

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

  1. Advice from my mum: Outsource household tasks. She always said “your weekends and spare time are well worth the cost” and I whole-heartedly agree.
  2. Love what you do.
  3. Advice from my dad: Whatever it is you do with your life, give it your all. Otherwise you’re just wasting time and blocking space.
  4. Treat yo’self!

Anything you want to add for readers?

  1. Be true to yourself. It’s hard to learn how to do this and it’s an ongoing process that changes as we change.
  2. Be kind to yourself. No one can hurt us as badly or make us feel as worthless as we do to ourselves.
  3. People come into your life for a reason or a season. Or sometimes both.

Peace out y’all!

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yingyangHi there! Pam Northman* (aka BlahBlohBlog) here, live and direct from Grenada. I'm a 40something, uber-liberal, working, single mother. In my time off I indulge my web, TV & pop culture addiction, revel in my attempts at nerd-girlishness and moonlight as a passionate Caribbeanista.
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