The How I Work series on Lifehacker is one of my favorite Lifehacker series. I always enjoy seeing how other people work and see if I an pick up any new tricks. I decided it was time I gave a similar overview.
Location: Boston, MA
Current Gig: RPI College graduate starting in February as a Software Engineer at BookBub
Current mobile device: Nexus 5x (cheap, powerful and solid quality)
- Dell Chromebook 13 for class and all day battery life.
- Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon 2nd Gen for portable workstation.
- Custom Desktop at home dual booted Ubuntu and Windows 10
I began programming and experimenting with robotics in high school and I’ve been interested in engineering since I was little. When looking for colleges I applied to schools that I new would challenge me and encourage my inner nerd. I applied and got into Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and didn’t look back. Freshman year I jumped in heads first getting involved with a bunch of technical clubs on campus and I slowly found what I loved to work on the most, web applications and operations.
How do you organize your work?
I use a combination of Evernote with the Secret Weapon as an organizational system and a Moleskine that I always carry with me. In the Moleskine I have combination of weekly grids, free form notes, to do lists and more. I have found that a combination of Evernote and paper helps with both short term tasks and long term goals.
What tools do you use for development?
Besides your phone and compute, what gadget can’t you live without?
Right now this is probably a toss up between my Kindle and my Nexus 7. I use my tablet all the time for everything from recipes, to PDF’s, to controlling the Chromecast. The Kindle is a more recent adition the gadget collection and is beginning to be irreplacable.
What do you listen to while working?
My music tastes are diverse but when working I mostly listen to electronic music with little to no lyrics. I find lyrics distracting and silence does not motivate me to work much.
What are you currently reading?
I just finished the Elon Musk biography and am working through the audiobook version of Homo Sapiens. The Elon Musk book was inspiring and gave me a great picture of what is possible. One part that I really took to heart was the concept of real innovation and creating positive change.
How do you recharge?
One of my favorite ways to recharge is by cooking. I love to cook and eat good food and cooking turns into a social and relaxing time. When stressed or anxious I often go for a run or hit up the gym.
What’s your sleep routine like? When do you work best?
If asked this question last year I would have said that I was a night owl and worked best at night. This semester I began waking up at 7am and getting work in before my first class at 12. This schedule wasn’t always easy or possible to keep but I find I am most focused and motivated when I wake up and begin working around 8am.