This post is part of a series of posts entitled How I Work. They are putting a spotlight on one of the talented contributors of TechSnips. Enjoy!
Where are you located?
Currently in a suburb of Chicago called Crystal Lake, IL.
What are your current gigs?
Full-time Systems Administrator
I also teach CompTIA courses at a local community college once a week (12-week classes, up to 3 times per year)
What's one word to describe your work?
Ever-changing (Technically two words? Oh well!)
What apps, software, or tools can't you live without?
- OneNote - Miscellaneous note taking, very organizable, and easy to store in any cloud storage provider (OneDrive / Google Drive, etc)
- Google Calendar - Life is crazy, but made so much easier with shared calendars even in my personal life.
- ToDoist - Where the calendar helps keep my brain organized long-term, ToDoist is treated like my bullet journal for the coming next 7 days. The nicest part for me is recurring events, like reminders for workout days, garbage pickup, etc that can be set.
- PowerShell - My go-to for just about everything work-wise if I can help it. I attribute much of my career growth to taking on this language.
What does your workspace look like?
At home, I have an office space carved out for myself just off of the family room.
2 monitors, gaming PC, and a shelf stuffed with IT related books I've accumulated over the years.
What's a typical work week look like?
Lately, it's been Mondays and Fridays working from home, with Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday in the office.
On nights/weeks that I have class, I typically work from the office because it's closer to campus (even if it's on a Monday)
What do you like the best about your role?
The challenge of proper prioritization. Every day there is a new task at hand, and by some stroke of luck, I can context-switch my brain very efficiently.
What's something about you that no one knows about?
I'm a certified scuba diver, that will probably never scuba dive again!
Having passed my final dive test with my class, all of whom were fine, I experienced decompression sickness!
What do you listen to while you work?
Soundcloud / Amazon Music have been my go-to for a while, listening to podcasts of various DJs or sets of their music from festivals.
When I listen to music while working, it can't have lyrics otherwise it's distracting for me. Artists I've liked for this lately: Nora En Pure, Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond
What do you wish you could change about your work?
While I get to partake in creating scripted solutions for problems, oftentimes my day is spent discussing problems and how to solve them instead of being hands-on in the console. My current goal is to up the ratio of time spent scripting vs. time spent answering emails, etc.
Is there anything else you'd like to add that might be interesting to readers?
The PowerShell Summit was an amazing and eye-opening experience, which has been great to share with co-workers and other community members about the learnings there.