How I work: Cathy Beadlecomb
Location: Lister Hill Library, Content Management
Current gig: Library Associate II
Current Mobile Devices: iPad 4 and my flip phone (does that count? it is mobile and has a screen)
One word that best describes how you work:
Creatively (i.e. chaotically). I’m always torn between my perfectionistic desire to focus on the details of the work at hand and my opposite more creative tendency to solve problems, plan projects and analyze everything going on around me.
What apps/software/tools you can’t live without?
I still miss my candy bar phone, so I’m obviously retro and don’t use many apps or tools. My most important organizational tools are Excel and email. I often send myself or others (they love that) emails just so the information contained will be searchable. Fortunately, I was one of the first people at the library to get two monitors (in order to catalog electronic resources more efficiently) and it’s great to have two screens! I’d be lost without those.
What is your workspace like?
My area is extremely clean and neat at least twice a year (after I rearrange the furniture). Normally though, my desk is covered with overlapping and irregularly placed stacks of paper, files and post-it notes. I also have a multitude of icons on my computer desktop, but I can’t figure out how to make those quite as messy.
What is your favorite to-do list manager?
Paper and pen. I make lots of To Do lists on a variously colored notepads. I rarely return to these lists to mark anything off. I just start a new list instead. This sounds futile, but when I run across a previous To Do list, somehow the important tasks listed have magically been completed.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?
Definitely, the printer is my most favorite “gadget.” If I had to work without easy access to a fast printer I’d be in trouble.
What is your best life hack?
Just thinking about going to the Botanical Gardens can be stress relieving for me. I’ve gone to the Japanese Gardens all my adult life and now I have a favorite swing where I read (usually a cozy mystery) and watch people. I’m always bummed though if someone is in MY swing.
Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?
I’m definitely an introvert though few seem to believe it. Most people would more easily believe that the “Chatty Cathy” doll I had in the 1960s was named after me.
What is your sleep routine like?
For me, sleep consists of naps punctuated with philosophical thought (i.e worries) and eventual Netflix watching on the iPad so that I can fall asleep again for a few more hours.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Life is not fair. Get over it! This wisdom comes from a friend I’ve known for about 35 years. She keeps saying this to me, so it must not be sinking in, but still it IS good advice.