I’m Megan Baker, and This is How I Work

A recent blog post by one of my closest friends (and talented blogger if he would only stay on the wagon) Romel Antoine inspired me to write a post to describe how I work.

It isn’t something I have really thought about before until recently in one of Emerson classes we discussed “A Day in the Life of a Social Media Manager.” I felt like I was looking at my daily schedule on the screen as we dissected the responsibilities of a typical day in the life of a social media manager. Thought it would be interesting to break this down even further in a more personalized way.

So, here goes…

Name: Megan Baker

Occupation: Digital Content Coordinator, City Year Headquarters

Location: Boston, MA

Current Computer: PC for e-mail and social media posts, iMac for video editing

Current Mobile Devices: iPhone 4

I Work: With purpose

What apps/software tools can you not live without?

WeTransfer for sending big files, HootSuite for posting on social media and monitoring Twitter feeds, and Twitter for iPhone for on-the-go and live posting.

What’s your work setup like?

I have a two computer set-up with my PC being my primary machine (because I need to use it for editing our website – Mac isn’t compatible with our CMS and Outlook works better on a PC) and my Mac being secondary. HQ has a really open, collaborative environment which I really like. I share space with my boss, the Senior Director of Marketing, which makes it really easy for us to check-in throughout the day.

Also have plenty of photos of my dogs, family, and friends, Lilo and Stitch and Hello Kitty desk toys, and a Buffalo Bills flag.

What do you listen to while at work?

I usually don’t listen to music because I like to be open and available for conversations with co-workers. But when I really need to focus, I listen to my Manchester Orchestra Pandora station. Some of the artists that pop up on there are: Phoenix, Vampire Weekend, and Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

I setup my social media posts for the day in the morning. I spend about 60-90 minutes catching up on education and social media news and schedule my posts for the day. I don’t know how I functioned before HootSuite. (Of course I monitor the feeds all day, but the bulk of posting happens before 10:30 am).

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can you not live without?

My iPad. Hands down. I don’t use it for work that often (only for big special events) but it comes in really handy for grad school and of course, personal entertainment. I do most of my web browsing and Netflix viewing on my iPad.

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else? What’s your secret?

I think that I’m good at getting investment from folks in terms of getting them involved. I’m usually the one in the office helping plan community building and social events and typically have a really solid turnout. My secret is that I have a positive attitude and an infectious laugh.

What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

You’re not going to like everyone, and everyone isn’t going to like you, but you still have to learn to work effectively with everyone. I’ve had a couple challenging working relationships over the past few years and I had to learn to look past likability and being friends with everyone. In the end, you have to get the job done and build the best relationship you can in the process.

Anything else you would like to add?

There is nothing more refreshing than a good brainstorm. Bring different people into the fold that might not have direct experience with the topic at hand, but you know are creative thinkers. I have a monthly meeting with a group of people to brainstorm social media content for the month and it is one of my favorite things I get to do at my job. It has helped me build stronger relationships, be more aware of the amazing work that is happening at my organization, and has given me some damn good content leads. Plus, it’s fun!

(This series originated from Lifehacker)


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