Every week, we share the shortcuts, workspaces and productivity tips of our favourite experts. Now, we’re going behind the scenes at Lifehacker. I’m Heather Hass, and this is how I work.
Location: Ridgewood, Queens
Current gig: Creative Producer for Lifehacker
Current computer: iMac
Current mobile device: iPhone
First of all, tell us a little about your background and how you got to where you are today.
Well, in my current background Abu is sitting and on his computer. How I got here today: I started the day snuggling my cute family and making them apple cinnamon crepes. After kissing my fiancé and 3 year old Sawyer goodbye, I walked my 6 year old Theodor to school. Walked to L, switched to the NQRW, and finally, plowed through the super heroes and CD sellers and several Starbucks of Times Square — to the office of G/O media.
What are your job responsibilities?
I edit videos for Lifehacker, sometimes I get to animate, too!
Besides your phone, what apps, gadgets, or tools can’t you live without?
I would be real sad with out pencils and paper.
What’s your workspace setup like?
It always looks Dennis Nedry’s desk.
What’s your favourite shortcut or hack?
I have a real great way to cut my veggies when I eat sandwiches.
Who are the people who help you get things done, and how do you rely on them?
Everyone at LH is great, but I most closely work with Joel and Abu! We’re always bouncing ideas off of each other, and its always good to show a video cut or brainstorm with them the best way to do something.
For my passion projects, I have a very talented crew of friends who feel like family back in Milwaukee. They’re full of great ideas and always willing to try my crazy ones. Lucky me!
How do you recharge or take a break?
I’ll sometimes wander around the office and talk to the people from the other verticals, see if anyones working on anything cool or has anything fun going on. Or grabbing whatever snacks are around.
What’s your favourite side project?
I’m always working on a music video, hoping to finish one very soon! Lots of stop motion and spfx. It has been very satisfying to work on something so creative, when I have the energy!
What are you currently reading, or what do you recommend?
You should probably read this by my very talented fiancé, Sean Williamson.
Can you share a music playlist you’ve made, whether for working or elsewhere?
Everyone should go listen to this album that just came out by some of my very favourite people.
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Work smart, not hard.
What’s a problem you’re still trying to solve?
Having more time, energy, money, and space. And drinking my coffee in the morning before it gets too cold.