How I Work

Location: Phoenixville, PA

Current gig: Marketing Assistant at Kimberton Whole Foods & Owner/Photographer at Kayla Cher Photography

Current mobile device: Samsung J8

Current computer: Dell

One word that best describes how you work: Planned. I love to plan (see more here). When I sit down to work, I already have my week planned, but I still write a checklist for each task that I need to complete. This not only keeps me on track, but also gives me a good picture of how much I have accomplished compared to my goals for the day.

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

  • Audible and Podcast Republic - to feed my audio book and podcast addiction.

  • Apple Music - yes, I use apple music with an android phone, but you got to find some way to listen to Billy Joel.

  • Lightroom - an absolute MUST for photography.

What’s your work space like?

I work at a simplistic desk. Underneath my desk is a rolling rolling cart for non-essential items and bin for books. Above my desk, I have a display of picture frames and shelves adorned with cacti and my favorite books. It is a light and breathable space.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Get an early start. I am 100% a morning person! Getting started when I have most energy increases my productivity and, hence, optimizes my time management.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

I use Asana for some general organization, but for the most part I prefer good old pen and paper.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadgets can’t you live without?

My camera and my many notebooks.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Getting up early! As I mentioned previously, I love mornings.  On a road trip recently, I got up at 5:45 am to hit the road and it was amazing! The tranquility of morning is beautifully refreshing.

What are you currently reading?

Captivate by Vanessa Van Edwards and Growth Hacker Marketing by Ryan Holiday.
What do you listen to while at work?

It really depends on the day. Sometimes I won’t listen to anything at all, but if I do have my earbuds in you can bet I am listening to 80’s music (probably Bill Joel) or a podcast (probably Reply All or The Pitch).

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

I am a mix. I think alone, but have no problem expressing my opinion and thoughts. I make my personal decisions alone, but I like to weigh in other’s opinions in my process. I recharge in my own space, but go crazy without people’s company. All in all, I am a blend, but I lean more towards the introverted tendencies.

What’s your sleep routine like?

Every night I try to get eight hours of sleep. You’ll find me up and ready to start the day at 6:00 or 6:30 am, but I will be yawning by 9:30 pm. I have the most energy and clarity of mind in the morning, no coffee needed!

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

Enjoy the journey. Embrace that life will be an ever-changing landscape and have fun exploring it!

Is there anything you’d like to add?

Actions > Words

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