How I Work: Sabhanaz Rashid Diya

If you’re into youth development in Bangladesh, it’s possible you’ve picked up the name “Sabhanaz Rashid Diya” somewhere along the lines. She founded a nonprofit at age 15, published 2 books and is an advocate for active citizenship, especially for the younger generations. She’s also a little mad – how else could she have survived this long? And so, it makes perfect sense that we kick off this series with her.

How Diya Works

Location: Dhaka

Current gig: Founder at One Degree Initiative Foundation.

Current mobile device(s): I own a HTC and it’s really bad. I think I should buy a Walton. I also own an iPad.

Current computer(s): Core i5 PC and a Mac.

One word that best describes how you work: Aggressive.

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without?

Gmail, Calendar, Facebook and Twitter.

What’s your workspace like?

Messy and connected to the phone, iPad, computer and laptop at the same time.

What’s your best time-saving trick?

Respond immediately. That way, nothing keeps hanging and everything is on schedule.

What’s your favourite to-do list manager?

I don’t use a to-do list manager. I sometimes list everything down in a diary, but then forget to look back on the diary. I guess it’s my brain.

Besides your phone and computer, what gadget can’t you live without?

That’s about it. I think it’s also my camera, but the phone usually comes with the camera.

What everyday thing are you better at than everyone else?

Stress management.

What are you currently reading?

TIME Magazine.

What do you listen to while you work?

I listen to all kinds of music. Lately I have been listening to a lot of Disney songs.

Are you more of an introvert or an extrovert?

Introvert. It seems as though I socialize a lot, but I think I get things done and at home mostly with myself.

What’s your sleep routine like?

Very sound. I go to sleep around 1am and wake up around 9:30am. I’m no longer an insomniac.

Fill in the blank: I’d love to see ________ answer these same questions.


What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?

Stuff I usually tell myself, but on a side note, it’s from Asif Saleh who once explained to me the difference between band-aid solutions and systematic changes. I think it has given me a lot of perspective and helped my work.

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The ‘How I Work‘ series has been adapted from Lifehacker‘s series of the same name.
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