How I Work

“Questions are creative acts of intelligence.”
– Francis Kingdon Ward

I have always had a strange love for questions. I am constantly asking them and an open book when it comes to answering them. It amazes me how one thought-provoking question can start a lifelong friendship or turn a solid relationship south. So, when I saw that answering these questions was one of the deliverables for week two, I was definitely excited. 

Location: Olathe, Kansas

Current gig: Associate at Panera, Praxis Participant, and babysitter for my siblings

Current mobile device: Samsung Galaxy S6, outdated and not an iPhone but it gets the job done.

Current computer: HP Windows 10

One word that best describes how you work: Diligently.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Google Calendar, Slack, Gmail, and Spotify (love finding new podcasts on there).

What’s your workspace like? For my 9-5, which can be anything from a 5-1, 1-9:30 or anything in between, it is a warm and welcoming cafe. For Praxis it’s usually my room which is a very clean and simple space, with little to no clutter. Since I share a bedroom with my little sister, we don’t have the space for a desk, so I do most of my work sitting on the floor.

What’s your best time-saving trick? Just do it, if you are thinking about doing something, get up and do it.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager? I am all about lists. At the beginning and end of the week or day, I like to write down everything that needs to get done as well as all that I got done either in my journal or phone.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without? I try to depend on electronics as little as possible, so I would say a pen and notebook. Or, the unconventional answer of a water bottle, since I have one with me almost permanently.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? Self-management. I am extremely good at making myself do all the grunt work and nitty-gritty stuff that people tend to hate. 

What are you currently reading? Playing for Pizza by John Grisham and Grow by Clay Staires

What do you listen to while you work? It can be anything from music to a podcast, to a movie while babysitting and more. 

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? Introvert for sure, I’m like a phone and I need time alone to get back to 100%

What’s your sleep routine like? My sleep routine differs depending on my work schedule. I am an opener so three times a week I have to be at the store, ready to set the bakery up at five in the morning, this means I am up around four. On those nights the goal is to go to bed by nine-thirty. A more “regular“ night for me is going to bed by eleven-thirty and waking up sometime before nine. 

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? “Okay, just take a breath” – My Mom

Is there anything else you’d like to add? You’ve got what it takes, and you make today better.

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