“How I Work” is one of my favorite recurring features in Inc Magazine as well as via Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work Series, and recently several sales experts (including Anthony Iannarino, Dave Brock and Trish Bertuzzi) participated as well.
Periodically moving forward we will feature a new B2B sales, marketing or business leader here answering what have become the standard “How I Work” questions. You can catch up on everyone we’ve featured thus far in the “How I Work” series here.
This week I’m excited to feature DJ Waldow, a content & social media expert who currently manages content & influencer strategy for Marketo. He’s a fascinating guy, wicked smart about social and content strategy, and juggles lots of jobs at Marketo. He gets stuff done. Here, in his own words, is how he works:
Location: Redwood City, California
Current computers: MackBook Air – what else do you need?
Current mobile devices: iPhone 5s and iPad mini, but rarely use the iPad – mostly for my 4-year old (games, movies, etc)
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Email (of course), Evernote as well as Evernote Clipper for Chrome (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/evernote-web-clipper/pioclpoplcdbaefihamjohnefbikjilc?hl=en), Calendar (Outlook and Google Calendar), IM (Adium), text, Marketo (ha!),
What’s your workspace like? Paper-free for the most part, pretty clean/sparse. I have a monitor that I hook up my MacBook AIr to so I don’t kill my eyes, but find I don’t always connect it. I worked from home/coffee shops for 4 years before joining Marketo in September and, well, I guess I am a bit of a creature of habit. I have a stapler and tape (old school “essential” supplies) buried in my drawer somewhere. Though lately, I have found myself printing out essential emails/docs so they don’t get lost in my inbox. I know – killing trees!
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack? Evernote Clipper for Chrome (https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/evernote-web-clipper/pioclpoplcdbaefihamjohnefbikjilc?hl=en) is amazing. I send out a weekly email newsletter every Friday and as good/relevant articles come across my virtual desk, I can quickly add them to my “swipe file.” I also use TextExpander (http://smilesoftware.com/TextExpander/index.html) all the time. It’s GREAT for all of the replies you type over and over again. For example, instead of typing out my phone number, I type “ttl” (no quotes) and it auto-completes with my phone number. I do this for many repeatable text snippets. I am pretty diligent with my inbox – close to Inbox Zero. I delete/archive all the time. I also use Nudgemail – http://www.nudgemail.com/ – to help manage my inbox. It helps clear stuff out that I don’t need now (will “nudge” me when I want it back in my inbox). It also helps remind me of something at a later date. SUPER easy to use – and free!
What everyday thing are you better at than anybody else? Hmmmm. That’s a tough one. I think I am pretty good at writing – but have to be in the mood. When I am, the words just flow onto the screen.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? I have not found a tool that works for me. Let me know if you have one? Ha. Seriously though, I have my own system – sometimes pen/paper, sometimes Nudgemail, sometimes just blocking out time on my calendar to GSD.
What do you listen to while at work? Believe it or not – and I know this is strange considering my name IS DJ – I don’t listen to much music at all … at work or at home.
What’s your sleep routine like? We have a 4-year old and a almost 2 year old. Sleep? Routine? Ha!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? This too shall pass. See Chris Penn blog post: http://www.christopherspenn.com/2011/04/this-too-shall-pass/
Anything else you want to add? Smile. Dance. Laugh. Have some fun!
Fill in the Blank: I’d love to see CHRIS PENN answer these questions. Tell him DJ sent him!