Just some notes I jotted down yesterday, mostly to reference later. Tl;dr:
- do less
- block time for deep work
- get it to done, avoid follow-up tasks
- jot down possible next steps
- what is the next deliverable and its timeline?
- get feedback
- learn to say no
- never say yes. Say “maybe” at first, pull more info, think about it
- check relevance from different lenses
- do a quick wins/risks assessment
- check effectiveness vs efficiency
- prioritize. Two things can never have the same prio. There can only be one single line of descending prios.
- focus on one thing at a time
block time for deep work
- put the blocks in the calendar
- communicate in a fiendly but clear way that this is your flow and focus time and that disturbing is not an option. Only cases of blood or fire justify disturbing a block of focus time
- protecting yourself from getting disturbed is key: close door, put on headphones, set yourself offline, close communication apps, turn off notifications, set phone to airplane mode.
get it to done, avoid follow-up tasks
- do the minimum thing to close the ticket in good conscious. Do not push that to tomorrow. Do not pile up clean up tasks
- it is always ok to split up a ticket, rephrase and re-prioritise
jot down possible next steps
- ideate on possibilities here
- sleep over it
- decide tomorrow
what is the next deliverable and its timeline?
- i am currently implementing a strict three-step process for prototypes, so i am blocking out three days plus a day of slack and a day of testing
- duh :)