How I work

Location: Golden, CO

Current gig(s): Praxis Apprentice, OSCP Trainee, Student at Arapahoe Community College, Owner of Birdhouse Booth Co, Freelance software developer.

Current mobile device: Iphone 7

Current computer: Samsung Odyssey, Windows 10 and Ubuntu 16.

One word that best describes how you work: Brute-force

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

Google chrome in its entirety, Microsoft office, VMware, Ubuntu, Kali, Terminal, Powershell, WordPress, Ameritrade,  Youtube, Discord, and many more uninteresting computer science applications.

What’s your workspace like?

I prefer working individually, but also being in an environment with a good amount of people around because of the subtle accountability that naturally comes with their presence. For this reason, you can find me at Bean Foster’s Café where I will be perched up at a small table with a cup of black coffee to my left, computer screen centered, and earphones at 60% volume bumping my favorite tunes.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Wake up early and go straight to work. The morning has been the most difficult obstacle for me and my productivity. Once I have the will power to start working, it doesn’t stop. I also like maximizing my effective working hours so I will take breaks to go play guitar and/or workout. This helps release endorphins which makes my head clear and ready for more work.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

I use One Note because it’s native to multiple devices, such as my laptop and phone, and it is always backed up in the cloud – saves all my work on the go!

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

Digital music and headphones are the best things that have happened since sliced bread. I also love cars… especially fast ones.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Consistently getting stuff done and building stepping stones for my future. I pack my schedule with relatively vigorous activities, so I always have something to do. I’m a big fan of self-control which often times means disrupting bad habits and replacing that usually wasted time with more rewarding habits. Some examples are waking up early, taking cold showers, 3-second rule when I’m watching youtube videos, and leaving the house because I find myself becoming too comfortable with the surroundings.

What are you currently reading?

Business Secrets From the Bible by Daniel Lapin, Confessions of an Economic Hitman by John Perkins, The Closer’s Survival Guide by Grant Cardone, and The Mind and the Brain: Neuroplasticity by Sharon Begley and Jeffery Schwartz.

What do you listen to while you work?

I listen to music while I work on the computer to limit distraction; typically EDM, classical, rap, chill-trap, Indie pop, and alternative rock. Just depends on the mood I guess. When I’m driving or working out I will listen to Tony Robins, Jordan Peterson, Simon Sinek, and Ted Talks.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

I used to be heavily introverted and at heart I still prefer sticking to my own devices, but I have had lots of experience working with customer service which helped me find my extroverted side. In summary, I would say I’m a hybrid. I will show up when I’m needed.

What’s your sleep routine like?

I try to sleep no more than 7.5 hours, so I typically dose off around 11:30-12:00 and wake up at 7:30. I’m a huge fan of concise regeneration naps so I typically take a midday nap for 15-25 minutes depending on my scale of exhaustion.

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

“Don’t pee into the wind” – My Old Man

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Here, I will attempt to make a cliché quote.

You will only regret the things that you never tried to accomplish. Sure, live in the moment, but if you think life waits to provide opportunities for you down the road, think again. Be hungry.