“How I Work”: Jill Sherensky, CEO of Denny Mountain Media @DMMJill #HowIWork

July 6, 2017 Sheena McKinney

By Matt Heinz, President of Heinz Marketing

“How I Work” is one of my favorite recurring features in Inc Magazine as well as via Lifehacker’s This Is How I Work Series, and recently several sales experts (including  Anthony IannarinoDave Brock and Trish Bertuzzi) participated as well.

Periodically moving forward, we will feature a new B2B sales, marketing or business leader here answering what have become the standard “How I Work” questions.  You can catch up on everyone we’ve featured thus far in the “How I Work” series here.

This week I’m thrilled to feature Jill Sherensky, founder and CEO of Denny Mountain Media.  Jill is not only a dear friend but also a fierce entrepreneur, skier, mountain biker, writer, mom, Husky football fanatic, leader of leaders….the list goes on.

Suffice it to say, Jill gets stuff done.  Here in her own words is how she does it.

Location: Seattle, WA

Current computers: MacBook Air running Windows 10, Microsoft Surface (Windows 10), two iMacs running Windows 7 Pro

Current mobile devices: iPhone 7

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Asana, Outlook, Evernote, OneNote, LastPass

What’s your workspace like? I like air and views and the ability to WIGGLE and MOVE. I have a standing desk that is always in the up position with a Varier Move Standing Stool and Fluidstance Level, which is kind of like a skateboard-deck-meets-wobble-board. I have a small tulip conference table with Turnstone Buoy stools (Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down—these are the grown-up version of exercise balls).

What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack? Biking everywhere I can. I know it seems like it would slow things down, but ultimately it spurs my creativity better than anything else and helps me get my mindset in the right place.

What everyday thing are you better at than anybody else? Taking lots of complex input and creating a synthesis or smooth process. And whacking the email mole with a big stick.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager? Asana, by far, and I sometimes feel like I have tried them all!

What do you listen to while at work? My own voice. No, actually, generally just the noise of the world around me. Sometimes NPR. If I’m really pissed off, Guns N Roses.

What are you currently reading? Love and Trouble by great Puget Sound author Claire Dederer, and The Business of Expertise, by marketing consultant David C. Baker. I usually have two to three (or four!) books going at once, depending on what I feel like I need to learn or be inspired by at the moment. I always have one fiction or “pleasure” book going.

What’s your sleep routine like? Pretty routine. I go to bed at 9:30 and read, with lights out about 10-10:30. I have a Philips progressive alarm that starts to light up at 5:30 and has chirping birdsong starting at 6 in case the light hasn’t already woken me up.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Whew. Given that I’m scared of advice (it makes you so beholden to the giver), how about my current mantra, which is sort of advice chosen by me for me? “Simplify, and add lightness.”

Anything else you want to add? I am currently fascinated by the idea of the “Commonplace Book,” something that I have had in various forms but didn’t realize was an art form of the highest geekiness! Ryan Holiday gives a great overview of the concept: “A commonplace book is a central resource or depository for ideas, quotes, anecdotes, observations and information you come across during your life and didactic pursuits. The purpose of the book is to record and organize these gems for later use in your life, in your business, in your writing, speaking or whatever it is that you do.”

Fill in the Blank: I¹d love to see PHIL LIBIN (founder of Evernote) answer these questions.

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