Location: Michigan
Current gig: Instructional Technology Consultant / Food blogger
Current mobile device: iPhone 5, iPad4
Current computer: 11" Macbook Air; 27" iMac
One word that best describes how you work: Headphones

What apps/software/tools can't you live without?

Evernote, for everything. Also Mailbox, Adium, Skitch, Clearly, Pages and Spotify.

What's your workspace like?

I'm in a converted classroom divided into 4 cubes with a center collaboration space; I have my own cube by the window. My desk is large but pretty minimalist, as we're fairly paper free, but tech heavy—iMac, extra screen, portable Canon scanner and lots of room for anything I need to do or pull out—including any other mobile devices, Livescribe notebooks or test machines.

What's your best time-saving trick?

Organizing emails properly when they come in.

What's your favorite to-do list manager?

I have yet to find the holy grail that meets all my needs, but right now Wunderlist is enough.


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

Livescribe Sky pen and notebooks. I like, and sometimes need, to write by hand but I want all that stuff saved and automatically uploaded to my Evernote account.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Keeping track of all the little pieces involved in our work.

What are you currently reading?

Cod, a Biography of the Fish That Changed the World by Mark Kurlansky

What do you listen to while you work?

Classical and instrumental mostly, especially when I need to concentrate; sometimes Motown or Top 40.


Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Introvert all the way.

What's your sleep routine like?

Bed at 10, up at 6:30, at work by 7:30.

Fill in the blank: I'd love to see ______ answer these same questions.

My boss :)

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

"You should buy the Macbook Air."

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

I somewhat oversee a group of four other consultants and at least one student staff member who at any time are working on a dozen or more projects (that might involve other staff from our unit or others) that vary widely in type and scope, and who are doing so from various locations on campus. We keep in touch via chat, we keep information we need to access in an Evernote Business account, and projects are updated in a simple management system we created specifically for the work we do. To stay on top of everything, I get to my desk in the morning, read through my email, skim my RSS feeds, and check the chat logs, management system and calendars. Then I make a list of everything I need to do, everything I need updates on, and everything I need to tell someone about. If the rest of my day is solid with meetings, then I star the important things that I need to squeeze in-between and save the rest for the next day. So far, it's keeping me sane.