Johnson Cook

Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

Johnson Cook - Atlanta tech investor. Entrepreneur.

This is How I Work


Jeff Hilimire kicked off a blogger-equivalent of a chain letter, with this How I Work post.   David Cummings took it next and handed it to me.   Not wanting 7 years of bad luck on my family or any such problems, I will carry on.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Doesn’t have to be tech.
I pretty much live in Chrome on my Mac. Tabs that stay open pretty much all the time: Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Docs, Pandora,   Other than Chrome, Evernote is usually open.

(Bonus) What apps are on your phone home screen right now?
Calendar, Camera, Google Maps, Nike Running, Pandora, Evernote, Twitter, Flipboard, RadStat (to control my thermostats at home), Google Hangouts, Audible, Philips Hue (to control the lights at home), Loom (for backing up and managing photos and videos on the phone)

What’s your workspace like?
I am computerless, in that I don’t have a single “main” computer any more. Dropbox keeps the magic happening for me. At the office, I’m rarely sitting at my desk and hop between huddle rooms and conference rooms most of the day.  When I do sit at the desk, I have a Macbook Pro and Thunderbolt display.  At home, I have a nice quiet cave in the basement with just my Macbook Air and a large HP monitor.  Side note:  For the last 12 months, I’ve used the Apple magic trackpad at the office and a Logitech mouse at home… I’ve just decided I’m going back to the mouse. It’s just so comfortable.

What’s your best time-saving trick?
Inbox Zero.  I archive e-mails like a mad man.  For responses, if it’s a short one, I try to respond immediately from my iPhone. For longer, when I need to type on a keyboard, I try to respond within 24 hours.

What’s your favorite to-do list manager?
I use my Inbox as my To-do list. Inbox Zero is more of a mindset than an actual hard zero.  When something sits in the inbox, it is undone. So occasionally, things will sit for a while if there is some work product in progress connected to getting it out of the inbox.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?
My car.  It’s nothing fancy, but man I love the gadgetry.  I’ve often toyed with the idea of starting or hiring a car service, but I enjoy driving too much.

What everyday thing are you better at than anyone else?
Connecting dots.    Whether the dots are people, technology, ideas, markets, resources.  I can’t turn it off. I love to hook stuff together.

What do you listen to while at work?
It’s hard for me to listen to music while I work.  I focus hard on music so it doesn’t work as background for me.

What are you currently reading?
I am slowly inching my way through the Steve Jobs biography (no rush). Just finished The Advantage by Lencioni and an awesome re-read of Getting Real by 37Signals.

Are you an introvert or an extravert?
I’m extreme on both ends.  I’m mostly an extravert, but when I run out of extravert juice or when I have something to focus on that excites me, I like to go completely and totally into my introvert cave.

What’s your sleep routine like?
If I don’t get at least 8-9 hours, I’m miserable.  I’ve always wished I could squeeze out those extra few hours of productivity at night, but it’s just not in me.   I’m useless after 9pm.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ______ answer these same questions.
Let’s go with Allen Nance!

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Just be who you are, be confident.

Is there anything else you want to add?
Lots more about me in this post.

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