You know the old adage, "If you want something done, give it to a busy person"? Liz Danzico embodies that law of human productivity.
As NPR's first creative director, she splits her time between offices in New York and Washington, DC, where she oversees all the visual and user experience across the station's branded digital platforms and content. At the same time, she is the chair and co-founder of School of Visual Arts' MFA program in interaction design, availing herself to students during evening office hours.
So how does the designer, educator, and Magenta contributor manage to carve out time for her family and even herself? An early wake-up time, just for starters.
The sun also rises
I'm fascinated with watching the sun come up. If I've seen the sun rise, I've conquered the day. Something about having a really solid connection with your city — for me, New York — before anybody is up is inspiring. I wake up with an alarm at 6:00 a.m. and immediately, before doing much of anything, try to get out for a run with my dog. I think of running as active meditation — clearing my mind while being in motion. Then I come back, check email, eat breakfast, have coffee, shower, and I'm off to the subway around 8:30.
That is, when I'm not traveling to D.C. On the days I travel to D.C., I wake up somewhere between 4:00 and 4:40 a.m. I do stretches but no running, pet and feed the dog, and get out the door by 5:00 to arrive at the office by 9:00.