For my inaugural post,I’ll be answering the questions from LifeHacker’s “How I Work” series. This should give you a glimpse into the man behind the blog moving forward.
How Morgan Works:
Location: Salt Lake City, Utah, in my childhood home with my parents until I complete the Praxis program.
Current gig: General labor and developing a marketing strategy at the family business- Utah Screen Print.
Current mobile device: iPhone 6s.
Current computer: My sister’s MacBook. I’m… uh, in the market.
One word that best describes how you work: Shotgun (after plenty of procrastination- a habit I’m working to overcome.)
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?
You know, I’m kind of a luddite- not because I have anything against tech, I just up until now haven’t had much need or opportunity to use fancy software. Google Drive has gotten me through all these years, but I’m looking forward to learning more through my upcoming Praxis apprenticeship.
What’s your workspace like?
About a decade ago, we started remodeling our basement so that all four of us kids could have our own rooms. One day, I was musing about how cool it would be to have a desk with corrugated sheet metal above it to hang stuff with magnets. I came home from a friend’s house one day to find that my dad had built just that in a nook in my new room. Right now I have a vision board and declarations stuck to the metal to keep me motivated and focused on my goals.
What’s your best time-saving trick?
Another thing I need to work on. I’m trying to get myself into a routine right now- that should fix a lot by just knowing when it is I need to be doing what. I’ll read David Allen’s book on the subject and get back to you.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager?
I mostly use my Google Calendar on my iPhone. I could probably use it more effectively than I do.
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?
My 12 inch cast iron pan. In another life, I would have been a beaver trapper in the Pacific Northwest. In fact, I daydreamed about this constantly in elementary school. Since that’s no longer the lucrative lifestyle it once was, I settle for growing beards, sleeping under a Pendleton wool blanket, and cooking up man-size breakfasts in a pan that actually takes some practice, skill, and thought to use.
What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
Leveraged thinking. In their 1982 book Thinking Better, David Lewis and James Greene posit that thinking can be done more effectively when it is patterned on a principle. This makes it easy to make quick and accurate evaluations of any problem at hand. Since I was a kid, I’ve naturally been good at identifying underlying principles and keeping them in a ready arsenal to apply to various situations. This helps me avoid the contradiction and emotional reasoning that comes when each new question or situation has to be analyzed afresh without guiding principles.
What are you currently reading?
Charles Duhigg’s The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. It was recommended by a friend who said it was really helpful to him. So far, I agree. It’s helping me to understand why I do so much of what I do and how to benefit from that knowledge. I think I’ll post about the book itself and what I learned in a later post.
What do you listen to while you work?
The sound of my own thoughts, usually. Sometimes, when I need extra motivation, I’ll listen to some Two Steps From Hell.
Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
Extrovert, definitely, unless I’m deep in thought while reading something- then leave me alone.
What’s your sleep routine like?
It varies too much to even be called a routine. I want to start training myself to be a steady early riser, though.
Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ______ answer these same questions.
Leonard Greer- a man I greatly admire and I’m proud to say has been a personal mentor to me over the last six years. He really seems to have everything together- I wonder how he does it.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
You can marry more money in an afternoon than you can make in a lifetime.
In all seriousness, as an adult I’ve taken to heart a phrase my dad always said in an exasperated tone to me growing up: “Don’t mess!”- this was always after I had stirred up trouble by sticking my nose where it didn’t belong. Now, whenever I’m tempted to make something my business that clearly isn’t and shouldn’t be, I hear that phrase in my dad’s voice in my head and walk away. It’s simplified my life considerably.
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I’m clearly not as productive as I want or ought to be. I think that will be one of the major purposes of this blog- to track my progress over the next few months as I aim to fix that. As we say often in the Beehive State- bear with me.