Location: Birmingham, AL
Current Gig: Librarian
One word that best describes how you work: Deliberately
Current mobile device: iPhone 4S
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Why?
- Uniball micro pens (purple).
- Foam earplugs.
- Indoor track.
- Reminder app
What’s your workspace like?
I like to think of it as organized chaos.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut?
Eating a lot of foods (fruit, vegetables, cheese) uncooked. I find it sounds fancier when I call it crudité.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager?
At this point I use three different tools. I use a binder that is broken down by week with one part containing the list of items that need to be done by week’s end and the other part giving space to what bubbles up on any given day. I also use an old fashioned desk calendar. It helps reinforce long term deadlines with a glance. And finally I use reminders in Outlook and on my iPhone.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without and why?
Does my coffee maker count?
What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?
I’m not sure I’m better than everyone at anything. I don’t think there’s anything I do better than everyone. Here are a few things that I do reasonably well:
1. Make coffee. I started drinking it black years ago, and I find that most people make brown water, not coffee.
2. Filter my reactions. I have found that I will feel like I was short and irritable and when I apologize later for it people invariably react with “you were?”
3. Dana-doodles – useless but entertaining drawings made in the effort to explain something. (I just found out that this has become a thing in the office.)
What do you listen to while you work?
I’m ADD so I have a hard time listening to anything when I need to focus. If I find things are too quiet (yes, quiet can also be distracting) I like to listen to the Ambient channel on Soma FM. EXPAND
What are you currently reading?
I usually have a two or three of books going. Right now I am reading Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh, the CEO of Zappos. It’s my lunch book. I just finished Decisions, the freshman discussion book at UAB. And today I picked up Think Like a Freak. Also, I’ve made a habit of reading comics at bedtime. So right now I’m working my way through a collection of Calvin and Hobbes.
Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
I would say that I’m a self-conscious extrovert.
What’s your sleep routine like?
I have always been an 8 hour girl. So now, since I get up a little after 5 a.m., I try to be in bed a little after 9, which gets me close to 8. Thankfully, I do much better with less sleep than I used to.
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see _________ answer these same questions.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
I’m not sure it’s the best advice I’ve ever received, but I have recently been told to “lighten up.” I like it so much that I have it on a sticky note in my office and have added it to my Thoughtback list.