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.
It is my pleasure every Thursday to feature a B2B sales, marketing or business leader in our own series and 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.
This week I’m excited to feature Lydia Humenycky, Senior Manager, Brand and Corporate Communications at BDO. Seriously check out her LinkedIn profile and check out how active she is in her community. Impressive stuff. Here in her own words is how she gets stuff done.
Location: The Steel City – Pittsburgh
Number of unread emails right now? 0
First app checked in the morning? I review the news from a few different sources.
First thing you do when you come into work? Coffee
What is your email management strategy? For this period in my life – Zero Inbox. I respond and archive what I can as soon as I can. For projects that need attention and care, I assign myself tasks or time blocks.
Most essential app when traveling? Spotify: travel can be both hyper productive and frustratingly unproductive. For the down time, I love catching up on my podcast feed.
How do you keep yourself calm and/or focused? I wish I was better at this in the heat of the day, but I reset each evening by walking / running the dog. I’m able to re-center in nature and she needs exercise – it’s a win-win.
What’s your perspective or approach to work/life balance? BDO has an amazing remote / flex policy. That really helps, as I work from home multiple days each week.
Are there any work rituals critical to your success? This can be hard, but I try to be helpful. Even when I think I cannot or its not my area necessarily. And sometimes, the results surprise me.
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? I’d be happy to live without all of it 😊
What’s your workspace like? Clean – I don’t thrive in a cluttered workspace. I was practicing elements of the Marie Kondo method before I knew what/who Marie Kondo was!
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack? Get enough sleep. I’m not one of those folks that can operate well on little sleep. I try for 8, but I’m happy with more than 6. The best lifehack I have is to give my body the energy it needs to perform optimally through the day.
What are you currently reading? Waking Up, by Sam Harris.
Last thing you do before leaving work? Clean up the mess on my computer from the day and prioritize work for the next day.
Who are some mentors or influencers you wish to thank or acknowledge? I’d like to acknowledge a former boss (back when I was an intern at the Department of State) who ruthlessly edited and reworked every memo, briefing or report I wrote. It was painful at the time, but it left a lasting impression.
Name some supportive people who help make it possible to do what you do best? Generally, a supportive management team that encourages career evolution.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Something I think about often is “Perfection is the enemy of progress.” — Winston Churchill. While Jim Collins said that “good is the enemy of great,” I personally tend to sit on projects too long working out the kinks and rethinking the strategy, so the Churchill quote is better suited to me.
Name a guilty pleasure TV show: Tons of great ones! One of my favorites recently has been The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.
Fill in the Blank: I’d love to see BLANK answer these questions. Kara Swisher.