For my latest Praxis-related post, I was asked to break down my daily workflow and talk about how I run things behind the scenes. So, without furhter ado, here's How I Work:
Location: Lincoln, NE (but I travel a lot!)
Current gig: I run my own photography and web development business. I've been working with some amazing clients, ranging from newlyweds to non-profits to recording artists!
Current mobile device: iPhone 8+
Current computer: MacBook Pro 15" (2017)
One word that best describes how you work: Independently - I pride myself on being both a self-taught web developer and photographer and most of what I know was either learned from blog posts or in the field. And, being a freelancer, most of the work I do is behind the scenes and involves me sitting alone at my laptop, editing photos or writing code. It's not always as glamorous as you see on my Instagram stories.
What’s your workspace like? Constantly changing. I love going to new locations to work and spend my time not at my laptop exploring. I plan on writing a post on the benefits of traveling as a freelancer soon enough, but I feel very fortunate that I have a position where I can drive all around the country and still be able to clock in every day. Some of my favorite cities to work in that I've visited thus far are Denver, CO and Kansas City, MO.
What’s your best time-saving trick? Don't multi-task. Seems counterintuitive, right? But I've found that if I just dedicate focus to one task at a time, I get way more accomplished than I would have otherwise. Perhaps that's just me.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? What's that? No - in all seriousness I don't have one I use on a daily basis. The closest I come is the Stickies app that comes with macOS.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without? For sure my camera (a Fuji X-T2). Not only do I love the thing for personal use, but, being a photographer, it's absolutely a necessity for me.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? I have a very strong sense of adventure constantly and am always down to go someplace new. Not really a skill as much as it is a mindset, but I've made a lot of amazing connections by traveling.
What are you currently reading? Niche Down by Christopher Lochhead - I'll report back with my thoughts at a later date.
What do you listen to while you work? I used to listen to a lot of bedroom pop music, but a friend recently introduced me to the amazing sound that is Ulrich Schnauss. I've had his Pandora station on for basically two weeks straight at this point. Really easy listening with minimal vocals that is just upbeat enough to keep me going.
Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? Right now definitely more of an extrovert; you kind of have to be if you're a photographer and meeting new people every day. This is in contrast to the Noah of 2009-2016 who seldom left his room save for school, but I'm currently in a search to find a happy medium between the two extremes.
What’s your sleep routine like? In one word: unhealthy. Lots of 2am nights and 9am mornings. I'm looking to get into a routine that's more set in stone and, erm, normal.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? A friend once told me that if I wasn't embarrassed by the work I was doing six months ago then I'm not improving fast enough and I still live by that to this day. I'm always seeing for ways to improve in my personal and professional life.
Is there anything else you’d like to add? I'll leave you with my favorite quote from the late, great Andy Warhol...
“Don't think about making art, just get it done. Let everyone else decide if it's good or bad, whether they love it or hate it. While they are deciding, make even more art.”