How You Work: Repurposed Furniture, Podcasts, and Novel Writing

How You Work: Repurposed Furniture, Podcasts, and Novel Writing

Every week we showcase the productivity tips and tricks of our favorite experts and productivity heroes in our How I Work series. Now, we're peppering our daily dose of tips with some showcases from you, our favorite readers. This week: New York Times bestselling author Gail Carriger.

As always, if you want to show us how you work and maybe see it featured on Lifehacker, check out this post for more info.

How You Work (Yes, You!)

Over the past year, we've chatted with lots of productivity heroes about their habits, workspaces, inspirations, and more in our How I Work… Read…

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How I Work

Location:
Bay Area, Northern California, USA.

Current gig:
Chronically tea addicted, octopus obsessed, shoe collecting, New York Times bestselling author-beast.

Current mobile device:
iPhone 4s (named Hector)

Current computer:
2013 MacBook Air (named Hestia)

One word that best describes how you work:
Efficiently.

What apps/software/tools can't you live without?
Apps: (most of my phone's natives like Mail, Weather, Camera, Calender, Clock, Contacts, Notes, Reminders) as well as Twitter, Facebook, Feedly, Google Maps, Clear, Stylebook and Airports. I'm experimenting with Evernote at Lifehacker's suggestion.
Software: OpenOffice, Skype, Chrome, Firefox, Safari (yes all three browsers), iTunes, Dreamweaver, Blogger, Google Drive, Hootsuite.
Tools: Kindle Paperwhite, iPod Nano, moleskine daily calender, wall calender, old streetstomper bicycle with detachable shopping paniers, electric kettle or water boil coil, tea, Ikea mini reading lamps, my car, tote and carry-on suitcase, modular packing devices, Roomba, a bath tub (does that count as a tool?), and a gas stove.

(Although, truthfully, back in my archaeology days I can, and have, lived without all of the above except the iPod and tea.)

How I Work
Tea zone in Gail's Office


What's your workspace like?
At home and in my office I have a standing desk made from a CB2 wet bar with a shelf riser, Perixx wireless keyboard and mouse, and Wellness mat.

How I Work
Gail's Home Desk Set Up


In the office I also have two aditional sitting desks which I use for editing and sewing projects. A reading/research/imagination nook, a sitting area and the all important tea station.

How I Work
Gail's Reading Nook


What's your best time-saving trick?
Outlining and setting realistic goals. And tea.

What's your favorite to-do list manager?
Clear for shopping lists, check lists, and such. Evernote for longer term projects and life goals.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can't you live without?
My iPod nano (named Caper). I'm addicted to podcasts, I use them to stay in touch with the writing industry and the world, everything from news to entertainment to comedy to academic lectures about the Byzantine Empire. Because I live in California (driving!), bike to work, and travel a lot, audio is a great way for me to stay informaed. Pretty much any time I'm not writing, I'm listening to a podcast. Since I'm a girly girl who likes pretty clothes I can't pocket my phone on my person, a small iPod with a clip is essential to my mental well being.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
Making tea.

What are you currently reading?
Sleepless in Hollywood by Lynda Obst.

What do you listen to while you work?
When I'm writing that's the only time I'm not listening to a podcast. So, nothing.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?
Introvert, though I perform extrovert well.

What's your sleep routine like?
Regulated but restless.

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

What's the best advice you've ever received?
No one is interested in a writer that doesn't actually finish her novels.

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