How I Work

This exercise is partially for me to get my habits out on paper, and partially for you to see what I do and how I do it. There are quite a few questions I need to answer that will hopefully give both of us some much-needed insight.

I’m currently based in a suburb of Detroit, MI. I work at a funeral home and a hospice call center—not the most uplifting jobs, but ones I enjoy. I use a brand-new Dell XPS 15 to work and an Asus ZenFone 5Z to distract myself from work.

If I had to sum up my work habits in a single word, it’d be “unique.” I don’t really have a set space where I work (other than wherever my computer is) because I tend to get work done whenever I have a spare moment. This is nice because I don’t feel the need to get “settled in” at a certain spot in order to do work. I can pick up from where I left off no matter where I am.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

My favorite piece of software is Google Inbox. I think it’s great for time and email management, and I like the UI. In typical fashion, Google is discontinuing Inbox in March; I’m not sure what’s going to happen to me after that.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

My best time-saving trick is just to work when I can. I do have set periods throughout the day where I sit and work for an hour or two, but if I have a spare moment and even an inkling of desire to work, I take the opportunity. This way, when I sit down for my scheduled work session, I’m not starting from the absolute beginning of the project.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager? What gadget can’t you live without?

My favorite to-do list manager is Google Calendar, although I’m exploring Trello. I don’t really have a gadget (besides my laptop) I can’t live without. Does a car count as a gadget? If so, I choose that.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

I’m one of the best at seeing people and their idiosyncrasies in their best lights. If someone is rude, I try always to give them the benefit of the doubt. It makes me happier, and it’s something I think everyone should do more often.

What are you currently reading?

I’m in an on-and-off reading relationship with a book called Hostage To The Devil by Father Malachi Martin. He’s a gifted writer, but the subject matter is extremely unsettling. Fascinating stuff, though.

What do you listen to while you work?

I can’t listen to anything while I work. I get too lost in the music. If I must listen to something, I put on brown noise, a far less harsh version of white noise. Google it.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

I don’t think people really fit into “introvert” or “extrovert” categories. There are certainly exceptions, but by and large, I think most people can handle themselves (or even thrive) in a group but need time alone to recharge. That describes me, too.

What’s your sleep routine like?

My sleep routine sucks. My shifts range from 6 AM-3 PM all the way to 4:30PM-1:00AM. I don’t have much of a regular schedule.

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

I’m going to cheat and say the entirety of the Forward Tilt Podcast. Every episode is a gem; it’s the most significant piece of media I’ve consumed in my life.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Nothing of significance. This was a fun exercise. I think I should probably examine some of my work and sleep habits for improvement. Otherwise, I think I’m good to go.

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