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.

Weekly we feature a new B2B sales, marketing or business leader here answering what have become the standard “How I Work” questions in our own series.  You can catch up on everyone we’ve featured thus far in the “How I Work” series here.

This week I’m pleased to feature, Stephanie Carrillo, Senior Marketing Consultant at Heinz Marketing, one of the newest members of the team. Stephanie has over 12 years of experience in digital marketing strategy running B2C and B2B marketing campaigns. She is passionate about user experience and analytics to drive results and we are thrilled to have her on board.  Here in her own words is how she works.

Location:  Redmond, WA

Number of unread emails right now?   I currently have one unopened email.

First app checked in the morning? I check Flipboard each morning to read industry and world news. I customize the app to pull in topics most relevant to me.

First thing you do when you come into work?  I check emails and respond to any pressing items first. I then add any remaining new tasks to my to-do list.

What is your email management strategy? I work with different clients and keeping my emails organized by the client is essential to me.  I create folders for each client and use rules to automate moving the emails into the appropriate folders.  I always set time at the beginning and end of my day to respond to emails.

Most essential app when traveling? I use Google Maps to help find my way around new places. I found it very helpful in navigating my way through Tuscany.

How do you keep yourself calm and/or focused I focus my time tackling the work I am directly responsible by breaking down into manageable tasks. If I’m stuck on something, I find getting up and taking a brief walk helps clear my mind.   Putting on my headphones is also a good way for me to block out all distractions.

What’s your perspective or approach to work/life balance?  A work-life balance is essential to my well-being.  Working more proficiently and knowing when to turn work off is the key to my ability to be successful.  It took me many years to realize that you will not receive any additional recognition for working long hours, but spending more time with your family will bring you a lifetime of memories.

Are there any work rituals critical to your success? Creating a list of tasks helps to keep me organized and on track to meet my deadlines.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?  Traffic in the Seattle area is out of control, to help navigate the congestion I use the Waz App.  I can’t live without it.  Finding the fastest route to work can save me 15-20 minutes.

What’s your work space like?  I work in a small office that has an open concept.  My desk is spacious and usually contains a notebook, my computer essentials, and I have a small succulent plant.

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack?  I use to help budget my finances.  This program has been a lifesaver in saving time in creating budgets and cutting costs.

What are you currently reading? American First Daughter

Last thing you do before leaving work? Respond to emails and think about the items I need to complete the following day.

Who are some mentors or influencers you wish to thank or acknowledge?

Over the years I have had several mentors.  I feed off positive energy and the people who inspired me the most could take their positive outlook and drive the moral for everyone in a room.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?  Try not to worry about the things out of your control; it does not do you any good to stress over it.  My father gave me this advice when a company I was working for announced layoffs.  I try to apply this daily in both my personal and work life.

Name a guilty pleasure TV show:  Outlander.


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