Our contributors are hard at working building snips and courses for our training partners but surprisingly enough they already have a life outside of TechSnips!
To bring to light our contributors are real human beings, we’re putting on a blog post series entitled How I Work where we get a glimpse into the humans behind the TechSnips contributor.Today, it’s Dave’s Pinkawa’s turn.
Where are you located?Currently in a suburb of Chicago called Crystal Lake, IL.
What are your current gigs?Full-time Systems Administrator
I also teach CompTIA courses at a local community college once a week (12-week classes, up to 3 times per year)
What’s one word to describe your work?Ever-changing (Technically two words? Oh well!)
What apps, software, or tools can’t you live without?OneNote – Miscellaneous note taking, very organizable, and easy to store in any cloud storage provider (OneDrive / Google Drive, etc)
Google Calendar – Life is crazy, but made so much easier with shared calendars even in my personal life.
ToDoist – Where the calendar helps keep my brain organized long-term, ToDoist is treated like my bullet journal for the coming next 7 days. The nicest part for me is re-occurring events, like reminders for workout days, garbage pickup, etc that can be set.
PowerShell – My go-to for just about everything work-wise if I can help it. I attribute much of my career growth to taking on this language.
What does your workspace look like?At home, I have an office space carved out for myself just off of the family room.
2 monitors, gaming PC, and a shelf stuffed with IT related books I’ve accumulated over the years.
What’s a typical workweek look like?Lately, it’s been Mondays and Fridays working from home, with Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday in the office.
On nights/weeks that I have class, I typically work from the office because it’s closer to campus (even if it’s on a Monday)
What do you like the best about your role?The challenge of proper prioritization. Every day there is a new task at hand, and by some stroke of luck, I can context-switch my brain very efficiently.
What’s something about you that no one knows about?I’m a certified scuba diver, that will probably never scuba dive again!
Having passed my final dive test with my class, all of whom were fine, I experienced decompression sickness!
What do you listen to while you work?Soundcloud / Amazon Music have been my go-to for a while, listening to podcasts of various DJs or sets of their music from festivals.
When I listen to music while working, it can’t have lyrics otherwise it’s distracting for me.
Artists I’ve liked for this lately: Nora En Pure, Eric Prydz, Above & Beyond