Maker Versus Manager

An oldie but goodie from Paul Graham: Maker's Schedule, Manager's Schedule. Posting this as a personal bookmark because it comes up often in conversations with new leads. When I talk to people new to management I highlight the mindset change from "just you" to "the team." The context of an outward mindset is important — … Continue reading Maker Versus Manager

GTD: Sometimes You Just Need Simple Paper Tools

Some days my normal task list doesn't cut it. To easy to be distracted, and not stick to the task at hand with 100% focus. At its worst, the more pressure I feel, the slower I seem to move. The end of the day looms with zero progress on important projects. Wouldn't I rather just … Continue reading GTD: Sometimes You Just Need Simple Paper Tools

Without Naming It

A short thought experiment to kick off Friday and the weekend. Can you work without technique? Without naming who, what, where? Not everything we work on needs a label. Sometimes working without technique or a plan means we discover new things. Pathways emerge. Without naming it you can break free of limitations and boundaries.

On Self-Management and Energy

My word of the year for 2017 seems to be energy — some days I have, some days I have not. With clear results depending on the day and my energy level. The following thought comes to my mind each day as I face the first decision of the morning: get out of bed and … Continue reading On Self-Management and Energy

Thriving, With Room for More

The calm and quiet at the end of year is a great time to evaluate progress, see what's working well, and what's not working. I love that Cate posted her Habits that Helped in 2017. Her words reminded me of a lovely message I received from a Top Performer survey: Microsteps, eh? Mmmkay. One small yet impactful … Continue reading Thriving, With Room for More

Flow Fallacy

Because the goal of commercial software development isn’t to create code you love—it’s to create products your customers will love. Recent efforts with my team at Automattic to improve the WordPress.com experience — and understand our customers better through "exposure hours" — reminded me of this classic software development essay from 2013 (via Andrew).  

Home is Where the Work Is

In Home is where the work is my colleague Cate talks about remote working, tools for communicating in distributed teams, and fascinating bits of detail about her daily routine and habits for getting work done. (Via "Increment" Magazine). See also: Where is Automattic? Our HQ is right near you.