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 Iannarino, Dave 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.
Nominated by Robert Pease, this week we are pleased to feature Julie Harrelson who is the Fund Manager for the Cascade Angels Fund, a Bend, Oregon based regional seed stage investment fund. A successful entrepreneur herself, Julie was recently named the 2017 Bend Chamber of Commerce Woman of the Year, is an active member of the Angel Capital Association and serves on the board of the Oregon State University Advantage Accelerator, the Board of Advisory Directors of the Central & Eastern Oregon Region of U.S. Bank National Association, ex-officio on the Economic Development of Central Oregon (EDCO) board and is on the honorary council for the Center of Women’s Leadership at Portland State University.
Current computers: MACBookAir with a giant monitor
Current mobile devices: iPhone
What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? I am a Gmail power user! I also love CALM, Twitter and Medium. CALM is a great mindfulness tool. With Twitter, I can track trends, stats and friends’ opinions and Medium presents interesting perspectives.
What’s your workspace like? Cascade Angels’ office is in an eclectic co-working space called The Bridge on the eastside of Bend in a light industrial area. Our office is mid-century modern meets IKEA. Everything has a place. We have a no clutter rule. There’s great light and a territorial view of Pilot Butte. We can also hear the sound of kids playing during recess at the nearby school.
What’s your best time-saving shortcut or lifehack? Every year I create a simple plan to execute against. Every quarter I establish priorities. Every month I create a work plan. Every day I keep a running list of top 10 priorities, who owes me a response and I work it daily to stay focused. I also meditate at least once a day.
What everyday thing are you better at than anybody else? Reading people’s minds.
What’s your favorite to-do list manager? My favorite pen and Moleskine journal.
What do you listen to while at work? My internal dialogue, what everyone else is saying and Pandora.
What are you currently reading?
- Tides: The Science and Spirit of the Ocean, Jonathan White
- Option B, Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant
- Give and Take, Adam Grant
- The Hard Thing about Hard Things, Ben Horowitz
- Current issues of The New Yorker, Wired, Fast Company and a stack of other periodicals
What’s your sleep routine like? Regular. My mom always said when we were kids, everything is better with a good night’s sleep. It’s true. I have to admit that it’s hard to stay off my devices late in the evening, which is what is recommended, but I do my best because I believe that rest is key to being successful.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received? Two things: Let the beauty of what you love be what you do. (quote from the poet Rumi) and You got this.
Fill in the Blank: I’d love to see BLANK answer these questions. Sheryl Sandberg or Frida Kahlo
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