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.
Every week we are featuring B2B sales, marketing or business leaders in our very own series with our own version of “How I Work” questions. You can catch up on everyone we’ve featured thus far in the “How I Work” series here.
Location: Boston, MA
Number of unread emails right now? 125, which is actually pretty low for me! I’m trying to get them all done before I head out on vacation.
First app checked in the morning? CNN, Al Jazeera & BBC; these days you always wake up to *something*.
First thing you do when you come into work? Get a cup of coffee, ask my team how they’re doing and open my calendar to map out the day.
What is your email management strategy? I get a lot of emails, since I’m on the list for just about every inbound inquiry at the company, so it can definitely be a time suck if I’m not careful. I find it easiest to check it on the train as I go to/ from work, or when I have those 5-10 minute breaks between meetings when you can’t really dive in to anything.
Most essential app when traveling? Spotify & Runkeeper; my favorite way to check out a new place is by running it. It also lets me map out where I want to eat and visit later.
How do you keep yourself calm and/or focused? Luckily I’m a naturally calm person; focused takes a bit more effort. I really need to block everything out, put on my headphones and hole up if I need to get in to a project that requires a lot of focus. I put a block on my calendar, turn off all notifications and just crank it out.
What’s your perspective or approach to work/life balance? With a young daughter, it’s essential but hard. Luckily she’s at the age where she will call me out for being on my phone during family time, and I’ve come to appreciate it (especially because it means I can do the same when she’s on her iPod!) I try to strike a balance between having her see that sometimes there is work that has to get done, and we do it, but also being focused on family when the time comes. The easiest way I’ve found to balance it all is to just give up on the idea of a full night’s sleep 😉
Are there any work rituals critical to your success? I start my days early; around 5:00am I’m up, I work out and map out the day/ answer emails before everyone else wakes up. By the time I make it to the office I have a pretty good idea of what needs to be prioritized and handled that morning, and I’ve dealt with any initial stressors for the day.
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? For work, email and Slack to stay in contact. Personally, Amazon Kindle, it’s the only way I can get any reading done.
What¹s your workspace like? Organized chaos. Ok just chaos. My desk neighbors are horrified.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack? Calculate the value of your time and outsource things that aren’t worth it, whether at work or around the house. You can’t do it all, and you don’t have to. For me, the $10 delivery fee for Instacart is completely worth saving an hour of my time driving to the store & shopping.
What are you currently reading? Spark: the Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain by John J Ratey.
Last thing you do before leaving work? Make sure no one is still waiting on me for anything, and of course tell everyone to have a great night.
Name some supportive people who help make it possible to do what you do best? Everyone; my coworkers, my family, my friends. It takes a village!
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Think of transitions as an opportunity to start fresh, even if it does not immediately seem positive. You are always in control over whether it pushes you forward or back.
Name a guilty pleasure TV show I wish I had one but if you put me on the couch I’m probably falling asleep.