Craig Mueller

Who are you, and what do you do?

Craig Mueller, I am the Interim Superintendent of schools in Havre, Montana.

What is one habit of yours that helps you be productive?

My outlook calendar keeps me organized, forces me to stay on-task an ensures I don’t miss important meetings or events.

What is your morning routine and how does it help you get the most out of your day?

I get my daughters ready for school and ensure they have everything they need to have a great day and that helps me focus on what I have to do to have a productive day.

In the last few years, what lifestyle, habit or behavior change has had the biggest positive impact on your life?

Children, without a doubt. Knowing that I get to spend time with them, learn with them, and watch them grow up means everything to me.

When you feel unfocused, what do you do?

Try to prioritize things that I know need to get done first, and put some of the big-picture issues aside for another day.

What is one piece of software or a web service that you get immense value out of? How do you use it?

I utilize all parts of Google drive in my personal and professional life. As mentioned previously, I use Microsoft Outlook calendar because it synchs with our district’s outlook email as well.

What is the one book you recommend most often and why?

I am currently reading Hamilton, but I frequently recommend “Undaunted Courage”, I know there are many historical inaccuracies but I find the Corps of Discovery intriguing.

What advice would you give a smart and ambitious recent college graduate? What advice should they ignore?

Pay off your highest interest debt first. Continue learning in a way that can be beneficial to your future- be that on-the-job training or advanced degrees or certification. Ignore advice from individuals whose paths you don’t respect or admire.

What is your favorite quote, one you aim to live by?

“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” In the worst of times look in the direction of those that can provide light for you. In the worst times, those that truly care about you will shine the brightest.