Managing personal workload during the pandemic.

Normally, I thrive on getting things done. Whether at work on in my personal life, I feel accomplished by meeting my goals. During this COVID-19 pandemic, I’ve struggled with feeling like I’m not making enough progress, I’m not “doing” enough. The pandemic has challenged how I balance time spent “being” vs. time spent “doing” things.Continue reading “Managing personal workload during the pandemic.”

Dealing with ambiguity and work-related stress

I recently wrote what would become one of my most read articles to date, it was my answer on Quora to the question How stressful is it to be a product manager at a tech company? This is not unique to product management. Increasingly, our responsibilities as workers in the information age have become more ambiguous.Continue reading “Dealing with ambiguity and work-related stress”

To do your best work, stop fragmenting your attention.

Last year, I was introduced to Slack, the new way to communicate among teams. If you’ve never heard of Slack, in essence, it’s chat rooms that anyone in your company can join. But instead of calling them chat rooms, Slack calls them channels. I hated it. And not because I disliked the app, it’s actuallyContinue reading “To do your best work, stop fragmenting your attention.”

Being ‘too busy’ is not productive. Prioritize and focus on what matters.

Productivity has been a topic of huge interest to me over the past few years. In fact, when having a discussion with a friend, I told her that my goal is to help people be more productive. Not happy, productive. If people are productive, my thinking went, they would be doing the things they loveContinue reading “Being ‘too busy’ is not productive. Prioritize and focus on what matters.”

Don’t run away from discomfort at work. Clarify, remove obstacles and find purpose.

There will be times in your career in which your work won’t push you into that magical state of flow. The work that you are doing will not hit that balance of challenging without stressing you. You may be working on a project that doesn’t challenge you enough. You may be comfortably project managing aContinue reading “Don’t run away from discomfort at work. Clarify, remove obstacles and find purpose.”