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Doing a great job means taking ownership over your work no matter how many balls you're jugging. It means picking the right stuff to focus on and then ensuring you get it done.
The one thing that matters is our work's impact on our company, customers, colleagues, and professional development. The way to stay on top is to hold ourselves accountable to our higher-order goals while also paying attention to the close-up work.
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The best and worst thing about working at dynamic companies is what the company needs from you is constantly changing, which means your job is always changing.
To help get more clear on how things are changing, re-write your own job description every six months.
Imagine you are writing a press release about all the things you shipped and the impact they are having.
Things you might include in your press release:
Me-sat is evaluating your own satisfaction. It is similar to a company satisfaction survey, but you just turn the question on yourself.
Some valuable exercises:
An OSR is a simplified list of things you are working on or could be working on over a given period. An OSR helps to find a global view of personal priorities and the ongoing status of each.
There are three vital features of a good OSR:
Using your OSR to guide you, look at all the things you shipped and jot down some notes about their impact. Focus on observable outcomes. (What users and colleagues said or did as a result, what/how metrics moved.)
This will become important during performance reviews but w...
The snag log covers the things that bogged you down or you severely disliked. For example "Still can't get this query to run" or "that was a waste of time".
This document helps to express annoyance, frustration, or disappointment. More importantly, it helps to identify broa...
It's a collection of the various things you're proud of (screenshots, emails, pings, feedback, etc.) This scrapbook can provide a great raw data set for the things that give you energy and make you tick.
Maintaining this can teach you what really satisfies you. Some things ...
This document is a list of things you learned, usually in bullet form. It can be things such as technical details, observations about working styles (“Doris reads emails closely, even if she doesn’t respond”), personal details you want to remember about colleagues (“Deep has a 3-...
Write down only three things you would be very disappointed to go into the weekend without completing.
Place it on a post-it and move it around or stick it to different places throughout the week to make it easier to see what needs to be done.
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Our days can feel cluttered and frantic when our our work emails and calls creep into our personal lives after office hours.
If things feel like they're going on autopilot, try to take a few minutes to reconnect with the broader context of your work before jumping into the...
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