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Chad Tetreault

App Development Consultant at Blackberry

What do you do?

By day I’m an App Development Consultant at BlackBerry, specializing in all things Web. By night I build my own apps under the moniker, ShakeDatApps. In the past I’ve teamed up with pals to develop the app Taco Quest, and even co-owned a mobile app company, Mblware, which was fortunate enough to produce some of the top selling apps in BlackBerry World.

What mobile device do you use?

Day-to-day I rely on my BlackBerry Z30.

Best way to stay on top of email?

Filters!

I’m often involved in many different projects at work and home. If I didn’t have filters setup, my inbox would be ridiculous. By spending a few minutes and setting up proper email filters I’m able to have everything go nicely into it’s proper folder, nicely organized.

Top five applications/programs?

-Sublime Text My goto editor for work, and home.

Tweetbot Twitter client. Nice and clean, worth the money. Would buy again.

Trello If you don’t you Trello for managing your tasks you have no soul.

Rdio I listen to music most of the day in order to block out all distractions around me. That’s definitely worth the $5/mo to me.

Reddit In Motion Great Reddit client for BlackBerry 10, because everybody needs their daily fix of Reddit.

What is your best time-saving trick?

Brains are people too, they need breaks.

Ironic, but if you get into a situation where you’ve reached a mental block, as many coders often do, stepping away to clear your head is the best thing you can do to stay productive.

At work I’ll take a quick lap around the floor, or grab a drink from the kitchen. At home something as simple as hanging out in the backyard with my dog for a few minutes does the trick.

Favourite productivity tool?

I literally forget everything that isn’t written down in front of me. The fact that I was able to remember to write this response is a miracle.

To stay top of tasks my goto tool is Trello. It’s a solid task manager with a very clean interface which makes it super easy to prioritize tasks through-out the day. You can even share task-lists with others and work collaboratively.

One non-tech thing you can't live without?

After staring at my surroundings for a while, trying to find something in my house that’s NOT tech related I’m struggling to find an answer.

Panning around the room I can currently see a ton of books, none of which are mine. Then there’s an Xbox One that connects to a Smart TV. My Macbook Air on my lap… as I scratch my head thinking about this, I’m sending analytics out to cloud via the Fitbit on my wrist. Even my thermostat is connected…

I’m going to have to go with my Bass guitar, even though I plug it into my Macbook and use Garageband. That’s as non tech as I get.

Structure of your typical day? How do you divide your time?

So one of the best things about my day job is that every day is different.

One day I may be doing development work, the next I may be off supporting other developers and helping them get the most out of the apps they’re building. It’s a lot of fun, but following a routine is difficult. This is where I fall back to my previous answers.

Using tools to keep myself organized, and making the most out of the time I have for a specific task is crucial.

What does your workspace look like?

I really only use a laptop nowadays, so my workspace is where ever I decide to sit/lay down.

Who would you like to see featured on Ways We Work?

I would love to see how my pal, Alex Kinsella, works at Thalmic Labs. I hear their new space is a pretty awesome environment to work in!