If you are a regular reader of Lifehacker, you would be familiar with the column How I Work. This column interview people about their workstation setup, music, gadgets, apps, and many more, related to how the person function in a day.In an attempt to recreate the column for myself, this is how I work.
Location: Jakarta, Indonesia
Current Gig: Full time corporate slave, part time blogger, food entrepreneur, sport and wellness enthusiast, technology aficionado.
One word that best describes how you work: Unplanned, Unstructured (OK that is 2 words)
Current mobile device: Mi4i and Xperia Z3 (under repair), ipad mini mainly for gaming
Current computer: I use Acer Aspire S3 running Windows 10/Ubuntu at home, and HP Elitebook 8470p at office provided by company.
What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without? There are 2 apps that I’m currently using daily. The first one is freeletics. I love the ability to exercise anywhere, at hotel room, at the park across the street or indoor when it is raining. I even cancelled my gym membership last month in favor of freeletics.
Another one is headspace. Meditation is something that I long want to try.
On my laptop, it is Truecrypt and Keepass. Despite of being unsupported, I still depends on Truecrypt for my drive encryption. And keepass to keep my password safe, synced over Dropbox.
What’s your workspace setup like? At the office it is standard cluttered cubicle. At home I usually work on my dining table. Bad idea because I tend to finish all the snack before I finish my work. So, me and my wife are setting up another dedicated workspace that we can use without finishing all the snacks
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack? First, to wake up early. I’ve been training myself to wake up at 4:30 am in the morning. That way, I have more time in the morning to do anything for myself before everyone else in the house wake up and create some distraction.
Second, make less decision. The brain only have enough power to make limited decision in a day. Deciding what to eat for lunch definitely one of decision that waste brain power, so I tend to have same lunch everyday.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Pencil and paper. They never run out of battery, never loss internet connection, and if you run out of ink or paper, you can always borrow a pen, and get another paper near the printer.
On another note, I use wunderlist for reminder of recurring bill, and google keep to take note of shopping list or money transfer list that I need to do during lunch time.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without and why? Hmmm… not sure… really…. does money and credit card count?
What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret? I’m good at driving things forward, to make things happen at my workplace. There are no secret to it. I used to work with someone with strong drive forward, and I think it leaved a mark on me.
And to persevere. When a door closed, knock another one. You never know if another door will open unless you knock.
What do you listen to while you work? Nothing for most of the time. But if somehow the environment become too noisy, I listened to A Soft Murmur
What are you currently reading? I just finished Jesse Itzler’s book, Living with A Seal. A must read for entertainment as well as some mind changing stuff. Haven’t started any book yet for now.
How do you recharge? Getting outdoor in the morning or evening usually sufficient to charge me up. Either running, walking or doing freeletics. When things got too tough, beach and ocean breeze never failed to recharge me from zero.
What’s your workout routine like? As said, I’m doing freeletics at the moment, 4 days a week. I’m thinking to add running back into my routine.
What’s your sleep routine like? Having a son that started to go to school change everything. I sleep with him at 10 pm for most of the days, weekend included, and wake out at 4:30 am to do my stuff.
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see _________ answer these same questions. My wife, maybe, and Steve Jobs. unfortunately he is no longer with us.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? I received a log of good advise, but something that I remember every now and then is from Scott Jurek’s mom: “Shut up and do it”. And seriously, if you think about it, if you don’t dili dali, 24 hours is a lot of time in a day.
Is there anything else you’d like to add that might be interesting to readers and fans? When you are doing your professional work, learn how to strip your ego. Having some ego is OK, and in fact important to propel someone forward. However, for most ordinary people, a pure focus on ego will only get you nowhere. Only when you let your ego go and focus to get the job done that you can finally deliver something