By Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing
“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 Nikki Barua, CEO of Beyond Curious. Nikki is a highly successful entrepreneur, having won a wide variety of awards including 2016 Woman of Influence, Entrepreneur of the Year, multiple AVA Digital Awards and more. Nikki holds three Masters degrees and speaks eight languages.
Suffice it to say, Nikki gets stuff done. Here in her own words is how she does it.
Location: I live in Los Angeles but I travel across the US almost every week on business. So I guess my location is up in the air!
Current computers: MacBook Air
Current mobile devices: iPhone 7 Plus
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Some of my favorites are Box, Evernote, Outlook, Twitter, Slack, Lyft, Waze, Yelp, Audible.
What’s your workspace like? Clean, neat, organized – very zen! I’m totally neurotic about my space being tidy. I’ve often sneaked up to other people’s desks and tidied up their space.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack? Turning daily tasks into checklists that you can power through quickly.
What everyday thing are you better at than anybody else? My gift is seeing the gift in other people. I’m really good at hiring people better than myself and giving them a platform to thrive.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Outlook Tasks where I record everything that crosses my mind not just my action items. Every morning I prioritize my list and commit to get the most important things done.
What do you listen to while at work? Depends on my mood. It ranges from The Beatles to 80’s Hits to Bollywood songs.
What are you currently reading? The Book of Joy – by the Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu. Fascinating perspective on life and happiness from two great spiritual leaders.
What’s your sleep routine like? About 7 hours (11pm to 6am). I’m usually way too excited to start my day to sleep in. Helps to do something I love!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Never give up no matter how hard it gets.
Fill in the Blank: I’d love to see BLANK answer these questions. I’d love to see Simon Sinek answer these questions.