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This is how I work

As of january 2015 🙂

I’ve been reading Lifehacker.com for quite a while now and I love their “How I work” interviews posts (http://lifehacker.com/tag/how-i-work): simple format with few simple questions asked to some famous (or not) professional. I like to read those posts since it gives insight on how people from any position and area are working, which sometime help me to improve and be more efficient myself.

I’m not famous (and happy with it so far 🙂 ) but I wanted to try the exercise for myself as I always had issues to write down a personal about page, so here it is.

Location: Noumea (New Caledonia) but regularly traveling around Asia PACific regions
Current Gig: I am APAC Telecom Supervisor for VALE
One word that best describes how you work: Passionately
Current mobile device: iPhone 5c
Current computer: HP EliteBook 2560p

 

What apps, software, or tools can’t  you live without?

I’m heavily using MS Outlook, not only for email, but for calendar and ToDo list management.
I actually started my professional life using IBM Lotus, and my manager/mentor at that time was a Lotus lover and shows me how far we can go with such application. I was not able to replicate all my processes using Outlook but I keep in mind the fact we can do more than just emails.

Pens and papers! Most of my ideas are coming live on the paper first. I’m sketching/drafting/brainstorming a lot before translating what I have in my mind into digital.

I also use a lot MS Office Communicator, my company instant messaging application which is also federate/bridge with our major 3rd partners. In the old days, I remember “chatting over emails”, which was not that efficient depending on how quick you have a quick and simple question.

MS Excel is also in my top usage application list since I regularly dealing with budgets, business cases scenarios, or even simple data-mining manipulation for presentations purpose.

Last but not least, I’m using web browser (IE, Firefox and Chrome) on a daily basis since Internet is for me an unlimited knowledge and technology watch database.

 

What’s your workspace setup like?

While I’m at my Noumea office, I do use a dual screen setup (20inch screen on top of my laptop).
I have my desk phone on my right, and smartphone on my left with a notebook ready for sketching.
Sometime my desk can become pretty messy with lot of paper but I try to keep it as clean as possible 🙂
When I’m out of my office, I’m using only my laptop with a traveler size mouse.

 

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or life hack?

I like to say “never postpone something that can be done now” and this is how I organize my daily work routine. If something needs less than 5min of my time, I pause what I was doing and do it.
Quick wins are making your day more than you think.

 

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

MS Outlook. I use categories flags in order to manage my ToDo items as follow:
Regional Waiting Active: Regional stuffs I’m pending feedback which I need to actively follow up
Regional Waiting Passive: Regional Stuffs I’m pending feedback which are not critical/urgent
ToDo: Items I need to deliver/answer/advise/work on (those are the ones I try to reduce to zero ASAP)
New Caledonia Waiting: Beside my APAC regional role, I’m still helping New Caledonia IT team on some local specific operations which are not part of Global IT operations (mainly cabling and radio).Thus those are items I need to follow up.
Personal: Mainly items which are part of my career development, annual performance objectives, and training development plan.

 

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without and why?

A big glass of water 🙂
Joke aside, I love gadgets (I’m a geek you remember) but don’t have one I can’t live without it specifically.

 

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?

I don’t think I’m better than everyone at anything, but I am really good at coordinating/connecting people that are.

 

What do you listen to while you work?

Silence. I mean I don’t listening or anything. I used and like to work in open-space, and I’m happy with normal office environment noises.

 

What are you currently reading?

“Value Proposition Design” from Strategyzer series. The book is using a Business Model methodology and other tips to Create Products and Services Customers Want. I initially discover the first book “Business Model Generation” and loved it. Since then, I’m following activeley the series.
More info here: www.businessmodelgeneration.com

 

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

I’m more introvert. I’m listening and observing a lot what’s happening around me before acting and talking. However I like presenting/speeching whatever the audience.

 

What’s your sleep routine like?

I sleep around 6/7 hours per night but I don’t nap unless my daughter woke me up during the previous night 🙂

 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Listen, observe, learn from people around you and more important, be curious.