LiquidPlanner’s new online marketing manager, Dana Silverman is a fan of “work smarter, not harder.” We like it! And, we’re thrilled to have his savvy know-how on our team. Read on to learn more about Dana’s productivity tips, a favorite book, and a what he does away from the office.
Briefly describe an average work day for you at LiquidPlanner:
After I arrive, I check my email, my LiquidPlanner workspace and my schedule of meetings to get a picture of my day. I start at the top and try to make my way through as many tasks as possible; before I leave I prepare for the following day.
How did you know LiquidPlanner was the perfect fit for you?
The culture and the people. Everyone I met during the interview process was extremely passionate and knowledgeable. I knew it was the place to be.
How do you stay productive and focused during the day?
Coffee, organization, coffee, breaks, breathe. I also take a step back from daily tasks to think about the big picture, which is a great way to re-focus.
What do you appreciate the most in your co-workers?
First and foremost their knowledge and experience. I feel fortunate to be surrounded by such a gifted group of people. Everyone is happy and willing to take the time to help out.
Do you have a ritual or routine to the start of your work day?
I can barely open my eyes until I take a shower. Also, a podcast on the way to work is a must.
Your idea of happiness at work is:
Learning, feeling productive, enjoying co-workers, seeing the benefits of daily work/tasks. With a healthy balance these ingredients, work doesn’t feel so much like “work.”
What book has most influenced your career?
The 4-Hour Workweek by Timothy Ferris. There are many great tips on productivity, automation, time-savers and life lessons. It is a great lesson in “work smarter, not harder.”
Interview tips for anyone looking for a job right now?
Ask questions—lots of them! Do your research and come prepared. It’s very important for you to get a clear picture of the place where you’ll be spending the majority of your days.
A few things you do outside the office?
Right now I’m enjoying the Seattle summer as much as possible—riding bikes, running, kayaking, cruising around via moped, exploring the city, parks, etc. I also enjoy a good song, nice tequila and good friends.