Lifehack this is how I work

I'm Charles Duhigg, and This Is How I Work  June 27, 2015 – 01:21 pm

I'm Charles Duhigg, and This Is How I WorkYou might say Charles Duhigg is a man of habit, and he'd probably say that we all are. His book, The Power of Habit, examines why we're prone to forming patterns of behavior—both good and bad—and how we can use that process to take the reins on life and work. We caught up with the New York Times journalist to discuss some habits of his own.

Intro by Andy Orin.

Location: Brooklyn, NY
Current gig: Reporter for the New York Times; author of The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
Current mobile devices: Droid Maxx (which is awesome because it never dies); iPad mini
Current computer: MacBook Air
One word that best describes how you work: Methodical

I'm Charles Duhigg, and This Is How I WorkWhat apps/software/tools can't you live without?

I spend all of my time on Google, Microsoft Word, or in my email app. I also use Google Voice a lot, so that I can transform any phone into my primary communication device. I use Tripcase to travel (which is so-so) and Google Maps to navigate. My secret weapon is Google Scholar.

What's your workspace setup like?

I have a desk in a shared workspace. I have a walking desk, but to be honest, I never use it (I would like to, however!).

Pictured above: Charles' workspace

What's your best time-saving shortcut/life hack?

Here's the basic philosophy of how I work: I sit at my desk for a very long time, no matter how happy or unhappy it makes me, and eventually, the work spools out. I'll get so bored that I'll turn to what I actually need to do. I don't check blogs (except for Romenesko and The Awl, I don't even really know which blogs I like.) I don't have any art around my desk. I'm by a window because I like the sunlight, but I sit with my back to the outdoors. I wish that I used my walking desk (and I'm going to try!), but I'm a little worried the treadmill will make it easier to walk away from my desk. I am not particularly friendly to people who stop by (though I do give myself 30 minutes of social time each afternoon.) I eat lunch at my desk (I get it delivered, and it's the same salad every day.) If I receive an email and it's not obvious why I should respond, I hit delete. (My wife isn't crazy about this last rule.) I go to the bathroom a lot, but besides that, it's not unusual for me to sit at my desk for 8 to 10 hours straight. This is slowly destroying my body—but I would rather write good stuff than be in good shape.


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