By Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing
“How I Work” is one of my favorite recurring features in Inc Magazine — similar to Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work Series, and I’ve been honored to have several sales experts participate in our own “HowIWork series (including, but not limited to Anthony Iannarino, Dave Brock and Trish Bertuzzi).
You can catch up on everyone we’ve featured thus far.
This week I’m excited to feature Peter Chee, founder and CEO of Thinkspace (an entrepreneurial-focused co-working space of which I’ve been a member and tenant for the better part of six years). Peter’s energy, tenacity and production is unbelievable. He just launched a massive new co-working space north of Seattle on Lake Union, spends a massive amount of time with his family and three young boys, and STILL is training for an Ironman triathlon later this year.
Suffice it to say, Peter gets stuff done. Here in his own words is how he does it.
Location: Just opened up our location in Seattle on Lake Union!
Number of unread emails right now? 5,038
First app checked in the morning? Garmin Connnect
First thing you do when you come into work? Open Evernote. Review my wins, speed bumps, gratitude, and word of the day (WOD) to set my intention.
What is your email management strategy? Answer only emails that are sent directly and only to me.
Most essential app when traveling? AirBnB
How do you keep yourself calm and/or focused? What ever I’m doing now, isn’t working so what’s good?!
What’s your perspective or approach to work/life balance? I don’t subscribe to that.There are only things that you care about and both are in service to each other.
Are there any work rituals critical to your success? Monthly measuring how I’m doing mentally, emotionally, relationally, physically, spiritually with one word summaries and a scorecard.
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Headspace, Slack, Evernote, MapMyRun, Trello
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Evernote for my own lists and Trello for team collaboration lists.
What’s your workspace like? I choose to be around inspiring and passionate entrepreneurs so I work from either the Thinkspace location in Redmond or in Seattle. Also, it’s the reason why I started up my company Thinkspace, a shared office, coworking space!
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack? There are no shortcuts. There is only good planning and discipline. Every day I set my intention for the day and think about making sure I only work on things that only I can do.
Last thing you do before leaving work? It’s always changing.
Who are some mentors or influencers you wish to thank or acknowledge? Stuart Mckee, Derek Del Conte, Kris Allan
Name some supportive people who help make it possible to do what you do best? Samantha Denning, Charles Bender, M, S&J.
Name a guilty pleasure TV show: TV, no time for TV….
What everyday thing are you better at than anybody else? I don’t know if I’m better at this than anybody else, but, I do try and make sure I exercise every single morning and defend that time with tenacity. It’s my way of making sure I feel great each day no matter how the prior day ended or how I feel after waking up!
What do you listen to while at work? In the office, I don’t listen to music.
What are you currently reading? I’m reading The Membership Economy by Robbie Kellman Baxter
What’s your sleep routine like? I try to sleep by 11pm every night. I set my alarm for 5AM every single day and ALWAYS start with exercise and mediation.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Ask your boss “What’s the most difficult thing you’re trying to solve and how can I help you solve it”. Throughout my career, I always asked that question and it always led to working on the most important and challenging projects.
Anything else you want to add? “If it doesn’t hurt you, it’s just comfort zone” – Daniela Ryf
Want to know how someone would answer these questions? Let us know!