Location: Lister Hill Library
Current gig: Director
Current mobile device: iPhone 4. On/off switch is dead, but otherwise it does what I need. A 1st generation iPad with a Bluetooth keyboard that I take with me when I’ve traveling – it’s not upgradeable so I’ll need to replace it at some point. But I don’t think I’ll ever need to travel with a laptop again.
Current computer: Dell desktop w/ dual monitors at the office. At home I go back and forth between a MacBook Pro and a Dell laptop. I’ve had the Mac about 8 months and there are still a couple of things that are easier for me to do on the Windows laptop.
One word that best describes how you work: Reactive.
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? iTunes most of all. Evernote more and more. Dropbox has dramatically improved my productivity. Email, obviously, and a decent word processor.
What is your workspace like? Cluttered around the edges. Lots of piles of things that I printed out intending to read but never got around to. Too many binders from conferences and workshops long forgotten. If it’s on paper I should probably recycle it.
What is your favorite to –do list manager? For many years I’ve used a simple Word document. I keep it in Outline view which makes it easy to rearrange things. There’s some simple color-coding. I put a double line through things I’ve completed just for the emotional satisfaction of seeing them crossed off, and then delete them after a couple of days. I usually have about a week’s worth of items, along with a list of things to get to one day when things settle down a bit. They never do.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without? Coffee pot with a timer and a built-in grinder. It goes off ten minutes before my alarm clock so that fresh coffee is ready for me when I get up.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Dealing with people the way they are and not expecting them to act the way that I wish they would (or that someone thinks they should).
What do you listen to while you work? iTunes, usually on album shuffle, sometimes song shuffle. I have very eclectic tastes and a nearly 18,000 item catalog to draw from. Recent album purchases include the Iggy Pop anthology “A Million in Prizes,” Mozart’s “Don Giovanni,” the Peter Gabriel pair “Scratch My Back…” & “…And I’ll Scratch Yours,” Ron Carter’s “Where?” and Lorde’s “Pure Heroine.” I try to keep the volume down so I don’t freak out the neighbors.
What is your sleep routine like? During the week, in bed by 10:00 for the Daily Show and Colbert, although I’m usually asleep before we get to the end. Not sure what I’ll do when Colbert moves. Up at 5:45 for coffee and an hour of journal writing, then breakfast, shower and go. On weekends to bed an hour or two later and sleep until 7 or 8.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Most people aren’t sure what to do next. If you act like you know what you’re doing, they’ll follow you.