Lifehacker has an excellent series of interviews with influential personalities in the tech and business worlds called “How I Work“. We like it so much, we decided to copy it and try it here. So in that spirit, we caught up with Tony Kimberly, Owner and Chief Operating Officer at Spotted Koi, a web development firm focused on helping small businesses rock the online space. He seemed remarkably chipper and sweet for a guy who works so hard. Ladies and gentlemen…
My name is Tony Kimberly, and This is How I Work:
Name: Tony J. Kimberly
Occupation: Owner/Chief Operating Officer/Janitor at Spotted Koi Web Developers
Current mobile device: HTC MyTouch 4G
Current computer: Macbook Pro
I work: In bursts of activity.
What’s apps/software/tools can’t you live without? TeamworkPM for Project Management overall, WhatsApp for keeping up with old friends (on my phone), and a good pen.
What’s your workspace like? Classic and comfortable, but messy!
What do you listen to while you work? I have a morning playlist to get me pumped up for the day, otherwise I put some mindless 90s music on in the background because it’s all stuff I’ve heard before and I don’t feel the need to pay attention to it.
What’s your best time-saving trick? Do a time-audit on yourself. You’ll be amazed at how much time you waste. After that you can focus on being better about working when you’re supposed to be working and relaxing when you’re supposed to be relaxing. That and don’t follow sports, I save so much time that way.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Digital: TeamworkPM for work, OneTask for personal stuff on my computer. IRL: Every night I write tomorrow’s date on a 3×5 card and put 3-6 HIGH priority items on it, usually two items each for Spotted Koi, House projects and for Personal stuff (side-projects, political campaign, etc.).
Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without? My Pen and Notecard. My work requires being on the computer constantly when I’m working. We all work from home so I’m on Skype constantly and we have clients across the country so I’m always e-mailing and creating items in our Project Management system. Because of my constant link to technology I’ve swung to the other end of the spectrum during my personal time. I avoid playing on my laptop, I’ve put together items in my office that look straight out of the 1960s and I’ve gone back to reading actual books (ya know, the paper bound things), I keep an analog clock and watch, I work at an antique wooden desk, I make coffee in a French press and I keep most of my electronics hidden (when possible). It’s a strange sort of way of reminding myself titans built global empires with barely a telephone. It’s a way of finding balance for me.
Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert? Neither, I really like both my alone time and time with people.
What’s your sleep routine like? I go to bed between 12:30 and 2am and I get up between 7 and 8. I’d LOVE to be a morning person, and I’m getting closer but it’s a transition I just haven’t completed.
What’s everyday thing are you better at than anyone else? I can start a campfire first time, every time.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Your life is what you make it.
Is there anything else you’d like to add for readers of the Spotted Koi blog? There is no better way to accomplish a goal than to spend a little time every day working on it. So get started.