It's that time again: time to turn the spotlight on another Jive Community member in the How I Work blog series. This one features someone I lovingly refer to as the poster-child for JiveWorld16: Dina Vekaria-Patel . You may recall Dina when she dropped the mic on all other #JW16 social media activity with this now-infamous dubsmash, winning Most Valuable Tweet of JiveWorld.
But despite her JiveWorld fame, Dina still has time for the common folk like me. So I managed to sit down with her to learn more about how she works. Here's what she had to share, in words, gifs, and videos:
Emilie Kopp: First off, let's tell everyone where you work.
Dina Vekaria: I work in the London headquarter offices of Pearson, a company dedicated to to helping people improve their lives through learning.
EK: How would you describe your current job?
DV: It's fun, creative and hard work, but I love it. This is how creative I can get:
EK: So how do you use Jive at Pearson?
DV: Jive is how how we communicate with each other as employees. It’s how we network with each other.
It’s how our senior leaders can communicate relevant messages either locally or globally. It’s how we can have our water-cooler moments between the UK and Brazil, the U.S. and Australia, Spain and South Africa.
EK: Wow, I really love that last bit. It really captures what an employee community is all about.
OK, so switching gears: What's your computer situation when you work? Mac vs PC?
DV: Mac of course. In fact, my house is an Apple lover’s dream! iPods, iPads, Macbooks, Apple TV, Apple watches, galore!
EK: So I'm assuming your mobile situation as dominated by Apple products as well?
DV: Yes. iPhone and iPad. I tried getting into Android, but I kept coming back to Apple.
EK: Besides Jive, what are the apps/tools you can't live without?
DV: Starbucks (keeping my priorities clear here), Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Pinterest and of course, all my social apps. I love to share! Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, Snapchat: @dinavekaria.
EK: How do you stay organized?
DV: Spreadsheets galore! My teammates will confirm this obsession. I have a spreadsheet for everything, all our project plans, upgrades and updates on Jive. I even go as far as having one for my banking, food tracking and shopping lists for when I’m in the U.S. I love a good formula.
EK: What do you listen to while you work?
DV: Music is life to me. I listen to music all day, everyday. I have a very eclectic taste in music, it ranges from R&B, Hip-Hop, Pop, House, Dance. Right now, whilst I’m writing this response, Spotify is playing The Weeknd “Can't Feel My Face”. This song reminds me of JW16, when Maren Beckman and I went crazy at Drais for this song.
EK: What's your best time saving trick?
DV: If you can get it, more screens. I’m so much more efficient when I have three separate screens. I plan everything in my calendar by the hour. Ticking things off my to-do list is the only way I can work. I have mild OCD with certain things.
EK: How do you balance work and life?
DV: This used to be a weakness of mine, but I’m working on it. I’m a workaholic and I live for the work. It’s taken me a while to understand it’s okay to have both. I now make a conscience effort to take time to do what I love in my work day, which is to go to the gym and grab an iced tea on my way home. Thank you, Starbucks, for introducing iced tea to the UK.
EK: If you had to pick one work that best describes how you work, what would it be?
EK: What's your sleep routine like?
DV: Unfortunately very poor as I suffer from insomnia. If I’m lucky, I can get 5hrs of sleep a night.
EK: Are you more of an introvert, ambivert or extrovert?
DV: A mahoosive extrovert! Could you not tell?
EK: What's the best advice you've ever received (and from whom)?
DV: “Dina, you can’t do everything in one day, so get your *** home and spend time with your family. All of this work will be here in the morning ready and waiting.” - Maren Beckman
Thanks for sharing, Dina. It's always a pleasure and I hope to see you at JiveWorld next year and years to come.
And to the rest of the Jive Community: please help me applaud our wonderful Jive fan-girl in the comments below!