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Office tale of Vera Smirnova, co-founder and design manager at Moscow Design Studio

Office tale of Vera Smirnova, co-founder and design manager at Moscow Design Studio

Published by Leonardo Calcagno

Who are you: 

Hi i’m Vera Smirnova and I’m a co-founder and design manager in a small design studio in Moscow

Your current job: 

Moscow Design Studio

In which city are you located? 

Moscow as it say our studio’s name 🙂

A word to define what kind of worker you are: 

ohhh… actually i’m a little bit lazy and procrastinate person. Because of that i can be very very productive and fast working on the one hand and absolutely useless from time to time on the other hand

What tools are essential to your life (app, software, etc..) 

Actually i need only my MacBook, iPhone and credit cards so I always carry them with me.

My bag is always so heavy that because i’m not using paper notebook or something like that and write down all stuff in the notes on my phone

I can not imagine my work without google drive, WhatsApp and and some of the bank’s apps

What does your office space look like? 

We rent an a small office in a very center of Moscow in an old 19th century building.

We have a nice courtyard with tulips and cherry trees where we are working at spring and summer.

What kind of music do you listen when you are working? 

I have my lovely and crazy mix and match playlist. I filled it up with shazamed songs i’ve heard all over the city. My latest discovery – Solomon Grey

Do you have a way to organize your day to maximize your work? 

No, i just try to keep within deadlines, prioritizing between tasks

What tips would you give to improve productivity? 

Just try to do your best and delegate the responsibility

You’re better than your colleagues to: 

we all have a different skills and responsibility that because i can’t compare us

What is the best advice anyone has given you? 

Do things only you want to do. Don’t do things you don’t like. Stay hungry, stay foolish.

What is your best tip for saving time? 

Just stop procrastinating. And get enough sleep at night so you will be more productive.

What is your routine start and end of the day? 

First of all at the morning i roll in bed and check mailbox, Facebook and instagram. It can take about 30-40 minutes. After that it’s possible to spend 10 minutes to get ready to go out. But lazy morning chill is a holy things)

At the end of the day i try to find some time for TV shows or book.

Aside from your computer and your phone, what gadget can you not you go without?

 Actually i don’t need other gadgets. So, rather my car)