How professionals work. Olga Polishchuk, digital director of Strelka Institute

    "How Professionals Work" again at Megamind.

    Before the May holidays, we managed to ask questions to Olga Polishchuk, the digital director of the Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design , and co-founder of Vector, an online school of urban entrepreneurs . Her word.

    Current location:
    Moscow, Russia.

    Current place of work:
    Strelka Institute for Media, Architecture and Design.

    One word that best describes how you work:

    How many hours a day do you work?
    10 to 12

    Current mobile device:
    iPhone 5c

    Current computer:
    MacBook Air 11

    What applications, programs, utilities can you live without?
    Everything is simple with my work: Basecamp is our everything, Skype is all operational correspondence, Dropbox - a lot of illustrative material needs to be stored not only on the server, I do not like Exel, but the order is the order. I installed the Facebook Eraser plugin a long time ago and demolished the application from my phone and I’m happy, but Facebook messenger - when you need to quickly find everything and everyone, it’s worth it. Instagram - in addition to relaxing the brain, is a unique source of links to useful projects, while you immediately understand everything about people, Alpha click - replaces everything related to finances. Here to launch our new project, Vector Github mastered to the fullest.

    What kind of life hack helps you save time?
    Disconnected the Facebook feed, things went faster. I set feasible tasks for the day, with experience comes the understanding of time. Somehow I noticed how long it takes for me to take basic actions, now it's easy to evaluate the whole process. And I paint an even bigger task for micro actions.

    Which to-do manager do you use?
    A paper notebook - there I write and draw, it helps to think, and Notes as a habit. I have not grown together with any manager, alas. But I really respect the to-do in basecamp.

    What do you listen to when you work?
    My VK playlist, I'm from St. Petersburg.

    What are you reading now?
    The Flat White Economy, Douglas McWilliams. Very cool, I advise everyone, alas, it is not yet in Russian, it seems.

    Which book of the last read was the most memorable?
    I am a fan of Scott McQuire, the book Media City, which was published last year in Russian by Strelka Press. I now give it to everyone and forever give examples from there, just an evangelist. Honestly, not all of our books are interesting to me, but I read this one with a pencil in my hands; I got 10 ideas in the process.

    Do you use electronic readers or prefer paper books?
    I am reading from the reader what is not yet found on paper in Russia, but from all the trips I bring paper. Here from Australia, the last time I got half a suitcase was: I probably have such a reading process closer and I always follow design.

    How much time do you sleep?
    The last time is 6 hours, but now our summer program will begin and the joke “Arrows”: “I already slept this week” will become super relevant.

    Are you an owl or an early bird?
    I’m a terrible owl, but in order to have life and sport besides work, I had to become a lark.

    How do you have breakfast?
    A glass of water, buckwheat or oatmeal on the water.

    How do you spend time on the way to / from work?
    I love the metro - it’s interesting for me to watch people, but we still work with the city. And in the summer it’s great, and this is a separate thrill along the promenade to reach Strelka.

    What advice have you ever been given you can pass on to others?
    Well, like all the girls in my childhood I read Gone With the Wind, so Scarlet O'Hara is always relevant: "I will not think about it today, I will think about it tomorrow." This is for those who want everything at once. In general, my dad always says: “You have to sleep with a thought,” I agree with him.

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