1. Who is Iunieta Sandu, what does she do and when did she know that the usual worker bee life isn’t the life for her?
Simple girl from Brasov, with big dreams and creative ideas. I came six years ago to Bucharest to live a dream. My dream was to become a communication specialist, to organize events and meet people. I remember my first job here in Bucharest, it was like the biggest thing in my life, I felt so lucky and so honored to become part of that team. 100 events later and tones of hours spent in the office made me realize that I want to enjoy life a little bit more. With this in mind, I started to do some freelancing during weekends or after my job, just to see how good I am and if I can live just from freelancing jobs.
On 23rd May last year I left my previous job and started doing just freelancing. With no money and no big clients.
2. What is your work setup? What do you have on your desk?
My desk is almost always messy. I have my MacBook Air, a blue agenda, a pen, cup of coffee, water and my iPhone. I can’t work without an agenda, because I make lists, I write ideas and because I still love handwriting.
3. What are the tools of your trade?
I need access to my laptop and a good Internet connection. Every day I use PowerPoint, Google Drive, Google Analytics, Excel, Word, Canva.com.
Also, I need a quiet space or a place with good music. I can’t work if people are chatting near me. Now I work from home a lot, but I can work from anywhere with good Internet connection.
4. In what way has technology improved your work and life?
When you work as a freelancer, you are 5 people in one. Practically you need to write well, to create good presentations, to know how to sell yourself, how to promote yourself, to coordinate and implement.
Of course it would have been impossible for me to do all of this things without technology. Thanks to my phone and the holy Internet, I learned a lot.
5. What is the biggest problem you’ve had and solved with the help of technology and digital tools? What were they, how did they help and how did you integrate them into your ecosystem?
I love to organize events but when it comes to me I’m more disorganized. I used to think that my mess is my source of inspiration. Now, I don’t think this anymore and I’m searching for good tools for time management. Technology helped me discover the beauty of some great online websites and mobile apps. Moment and Feedly.com helped me save some time.
Moment – mobile application that shows you how many hours are you spending on your phone.
Feedly.com – my favorite website for reading news from marketing and communication industry.
6. How do you manage to stay motivated when things get bumpy? Is there a place, like a website or app or maybe a podcast you go to charge your batteries?
When I have bad days I just go on TED Talks and listen to some speeches. This always inspires me and sometimes it also makes me laugh.
7. What’s your super power?
8. How do you make yourself known to the world?
I write on my blog and on my Facebook Page. Also I attend events, parties or conferences where I meet new people.
9. In order to do healthy work, we need a healthy body and mind. What do you use to keep yourself sane?
Write. I write on my phone, in my agenda or computer. I write jokes, observations, thoughts. Also I read a lot and practice yoga and running.
10. Other than what we thought of, is there any other aspect of your life in which you use an app, a website or a method to help improve things?
Yes, the most basic app and the most useful for me was Google Maps, maybe still is. Thanks to Google Maps I managed to attend meetings in time.
We know from all the wars of the world that a good strategy is worthless without good weapons. Tools are the weapons of people from this century. Regardless the jobs we do, the lifestyle we lead or the amount of work we put it, good tools can help make our work great.
Be it because they free up time, they automate processes, they simplify things or just help us keep an eye on everything, they are crucial to getting things done.
Be it digital nomading with full time travel or location independence with a home base and travel, what we have at the end of the day is a lifestyle of freedom and feeling at peace. Surely this lifestyle will change and evolve over time, but for progress to happen inspiration is crucial. For most of us it all comes down to getting over fear and attachment to comfort. And this happens when we share knowledge, experiences and ideas that turn the unknown into opportunities to learn, grow and feel alive.
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