WWD Reader Profile: Harry Che, Software Developer/Entrepreneur

WebWorkerDaily readers are a diverse bunch. Every week, I profile a different reader and ask them to share what they do, how they do it, and some of their favorite hints and tips.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Harry Che; I’m a software developer and web business owner, and I’ve been working on the Internet for about 10 years. I started off as a freelance programmer in China, and now live near Vancouver, Canada, working as a web developer and also running an online business myself (GoalsOnTrack.com).
What’s a typical day like for you?
I usually start my day with half-hour of journal writing and half-hour of meditation. Then I check emails and plan for the day. In the morning I mostly work on my own projects and deal with urgent client tasks. In
the afternoon, I tend to switch my mind from development intensive work to more routine tasks, like marketing stuff, or catch up with my social networks, etc. I also try to get out of the house and run or walk for an hour or so. But that’s not always successful and can be easily missed.
What gear and software do you use, and why?
I mostly work on my PC (running Windows XP (s msft)), although occasionally I use my Mac (s aapl) laptop (mostly for web surfing in bed). I use many of the typical software programs most people would find on a Windows box, including MS Office. For email, I use Gmail (s goog). I could be accused of plugging my own product here, but I use GoalsOnTrack for my task management and getting things done. I tried many other tools before, but couldn’t find any suitable, so I ended up creating my own. I guess many software developers can relate to that.
What’s your favorite web working tip?
I would say that no matter what you do, it’s important to have goals and only work on things that can move you closer to your goals. Working on the web can be so distracting and without some kind of focus and discipline,
we could easily end up wasting more time than all the web and technology are supposed to save us.
If you would like to be profiled on WWD, get in touch with me at simon (at) gigaom (dot) com.