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How Avery Works

Updated: Jun 13, 2019

One of my developmental exercises for Praxis is a prompt of “how you work” - so here’s a little about me and how I get the job done.

Location: Berlin, Maryland, right outside of Ocean City.

Current Gig: I am in the Praxis Program, which for the next 6 months of bootcamp is my job. I am also working on a few side music projects as well.

Current Mobile Device: iPhone 8+ I think? It makes calls and send texts. That’s all that matters to me.

Current Computer: I just recently had to upgrade to my now Macbook Pro 13” due to the fact my old reliable Mac died a slow painful death. (well… painful for me at least)

One word that best describes how you work: Devoutly - once I start working on a project, I get sucked in hardcore. I can easily spend all day perfecting one thing.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without:

Trello - the easiest way to stay organized and on track

Google Calendar - I use google calendar on a regular basis. No matter what last minute events may pop up, I am always able to “write things in”.

What’s your workspace like?: Since I am usually traveling and am currently not settled in a “forever home,” I don’t have a dedicated workspace. However, I do have an antique, orange velvet couch right in front of a bay window where I spend most of my time slaving away on my computer. I don’t know if many would call it a workspace, but it is where I get my work done.

What’s your best time-saving trick: Plan tomorrow today. Nothing saves me more time than having a list of what I am going to get done the next day already planned out. It saves me a lot of time lost to early morning procrastination.

RIP to all the valuable hours I have wasted on Instagram.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?: I mentioned it earlier in apps I can’t live without - my favorite to-do list manager is Trello. Being able to see everything planned out, not just in days, but also by projects, it’s such a cool way to stay on top of my game.

Besides your phone and computer, which gadget can’t you live without?: I don’t use many other gadgets other than my phone and computer, but I do like a good ole pen and paper. I like to scribble down notes and ideas until I know what to do with them.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?: I have mastered the art of first impressions.

What are you currently reading?: ‘Crash Your Career’ written by the one and only Isaac Morehouse, the CEO of Crash and the founder of Praxis.

What do you listen to while you work?: Depends - if I am doing something that requires writing, either quiet solo piano or meditation music. If I’m working on something that involves my attention, but no forming of sentences, you best believe I’m going to jam out to some Classic Rock or Bluegrass. Those are my go-tos.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?: If you asked anyone, they would tell you that I’m as extroverted as they come. However, I am not. Over the years, I have grown more confident in front of a crowd, but more often than not, I would rather be at home in my sweats and in bed by 9:30.

What’s your sleep routine like?: I try to be as strict with my sleep schedule as possible. I feel best when I’m getting ready for bed by 10-10:30 and waking up by 9. If I need to wake up earlier, I make sure I’m in bed asleep by 10-10:30.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?: “Say no.” This seem so simple, but I struggled with this task for years. If you don’t have the time, mental space, or energy to do something, don’t do it. Take care of yourself first.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?: Just be yourself. Why be miserable in the time you have on this earth trying to please others? People are going to love or hate you either way.

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