Carly and Danielle of theSkimm truly came up with an original idea. The second I heard about it I subscribed, and I read their daily email newsletter every morning before I get out of bed. Quick bite-sized chunks of what you need to know going on in the world. See how Carly and Danielle GSD (get shit done).
CARLY ZAKIN & DANIELLE WEISBERG // THE SKIMM
What are you currently working on and what does a typical day look like for you?
We co-founded theSkimm — a daily email newsletter for any professional on the go. We started theSkimm out of our very small New York City apartment so not only are we dealing with a new business but also managing working from home.
There is no typical day for us. We publish the newsletter each week day at 6am ET so we are writing throughout the night. With two of us on the team, we each wear about 85 different hats and job titles, making each day VERY different.
What parts of your work do you love?
That everyday is different. We’ve gone from being on the Today Show to having a tech meltdown. One day we are working on partnerships, the next design, business development, or interviewing job candidates. Plus, we’re always writing. There’s never a dull moment.
We have certain hours of the day we allow ourselves to check emails. One tricky thing we’ve had to overcome is emails sent to both of us, we have a system where we each reply to cc’d emails at different times of the day to make sure we aren’t overlapping.
CARLY: I separate unread mail from read mail and I file everything in folders and subfolders. If it’s in my inbox, it means I have to follow up. I also believe in cross labeling. I get a little obsessive and it’s still a work in progress but I hate disorganized email.
DANIELLE: I am very strict at keeping work and personal emails on different accounts. I have different labels and folders for different aspects of business that make it easier to recall things. I also star emails that need to be responded to ASAP.
DANIELLE: I write things down so I can check them off — even if I’ve already done something, it goes down so I can check it off right away. It’s a visual way to see what I’ve accomplished during the day and what I have left to do.
Our favorite GSD tools: Our Skimm playlist and a glass of wine.
GSD (get shit done): A weekly column featuring busy business owners, entrepreneurs, bloggers, and CEOs and how they get shit done. Meg also writes articles with helpful ways to get shit done. Tell us how you GSD on twitter by tagging #GSD and @megbiram.