This is How I Work

This Is How I Work

Thank you to Laura Brown (@thatgrrl), whose recent post by the same title inspired me to tackle these questions and share them with you. Her inspiration cascaded from David Kelly (@LnDDave).

So let’s get started. I’m Judie Gaines and this is how I work.This-Is_How-I-Work_JGaines


Central North Carolina. 2 Hours from the coast & 3 ½ hours from the mountains.

Current Gig

I work with a team of talented folks who produce advertising creative, as well as a multitude of other media related projects.

The rest of the time I’m a wife, Mom, and writer.

Current mobile device

iPad, iPhone – I’m a little iCentric.

Current computerJGainesAvatar

13″ MacBook. Small enough to go anywhere, big enough to create worlds.

One word that best describes how you work

Organized. Without structure I would be lost.

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

Scrivener is tops for writing software, but I must confess to having an unhealthy relationship with my Audible app. At any given time I am reading, listening, and writing a book. I like words.

What’s your workspace like?JPG19

It’s just me and any comfy chair. As long as it’s quiet, I can write most anywhere.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Prioritize my To Do list. When I’m forced to rank what needs to get accomplished I can usually find items that really aren’t that important and cross them off, or I can consolidate tasks to take up less time. This is also important in finding time to write & day-dream – two core needs of every writer.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?

Paper. I like the satisfaction of scribbling lines through everything that is DONE. By the way, that’s my favorite word.

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

Chicken Shawarma for dinner!
Chicken Shawarma for dinner!

My iPad has become an extension to everything I do. I use it to check mail, socialize via Twitter & Facebook, make blog edits, take photos while at conferences, FaceTime with family, and even keep track of recipes while cooking. Best application? Playing Minecraft with my daughter and letting her give me tours of her amazing mazes!

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?

Sleeping. After 9 years in broadcast TV working early mornings, late nights, endless snow coverage, and telethons, I picked up the essential skill of sleeping anywhere, any time.

What do you listen to while you work?

Silence. Usually, my characters are too loud for me to hear anything else.

Are you more of an introvert or extrovert?

Definitely introvert.

What’s your sleep routine like?

See above.

Fill in the blank. I’d love to see ______ answer these same questions.


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

Take a leap of faith.

It was a dark and stormy night...
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Feeling inspired? I hope you’re ready to share, because I’m passing you the baton. Not the last reader or the next reader – YOU.

Pass it on.


2 thoughts on “This is How I Work”

  1. I wish I could work anywhere. I still like working in a coffee shop. But, I couldn’t work scrunched up in a chair that way. I’m cluttered but I also like space. 🙂


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