“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 Rebecca Lovell, a fixture in the Seattle technology and start-up scene for years. She’s managed several start-up organizations including the Alliance of Angels and Northwest Entrepreneur Network, and currently serves as the startup liaison for the City of Seattle (in addition to mentoring start-ups via TechStars, teaching classes on venture capital investment at the University of Washington, etc etc).
Rebecca, suffice it to say, gets stuff done. Here, in her own words, is how she works.
Location: Municipal Tower, downtown Seattle
Current computers: work: HP Compaq PC, home and on the go: Dell Latitude
Current mobile devices: iPhone
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Glympse and Car2Go
What’s your workspace like? When I’m in the office at the City, I surround myself with whiteboards and post-it’s, and post-it’s on the whiteboards. Seriously tough to compete with this analog organization scheme; I haven’t found a better substitute when planning multiple programs for multiple groups over a range of dates. Easily editable, color-coded awesomeness! I am also arranging to remove my cubicle walls (you can take the woman out of a startup but can’t take the startup out of the woman). My workspace more often, though, is wherever I’m holding office hours with entrepreneurs (WeWork, Impact Hub, and SURF and coffee shops), so I travel light!
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack? Time-saving: ActiveWords (thanks Buzz Bruggeman), and Sonicare toothbrush in the shower (that thing is awesome). Lifehack: if you don’t want to spill the beverage(s) you’re carrying, don’t look at them. Look straight ahead. I learned this while serving trays of wine as a caterer in college. Works every time!
What everyday thing are you better at than anybody else? Singing in the shower (after the Sonicare routine of course).
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Other than the aforementioned whiteboard, as my to-do list is generally email, it’s all about inbox folder management. I move emails once I respond to them, keep them in my inbox until I do, and never let it get over 50.
What do you listen to while at work? Office: My co-workers laughing. Home: Pandora (favorite station is a Black Keys/White Stripes combo). On the go: iTunes (Aretha, Adele, Florence & the Machine get a lot of air time. What can I say? Karaoke inspiration).
What are you currently reading? Where’d You Go, Bernadette?
What’s your sleep routine like? Asleep by midnight, up by 5:45 to go to the gym before work.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? No matter how busy you are, don’t skip the 45 minute workout in the morning– the days you’re busiest are the days you need it most (from my mentor in grad school, Phyllis Campbell, then CEO of the Seattle Foundation, now Vice Chair of JPMC)
Anything else you want to add? Other than the whole shower-toothbrush thing, I’m really not a multi-tasker. Generally whatever I’m doing is what I’m doing and gets (and takes!) my full attention.
Fill in the Blank: I’d love to see Julie Sandler answer these questions.