Ever since I began my career in product management, the complexities of my role have evolved with time —
Leading a single project --> managing multiple projects
Working with a single team --> multiple teams of stakeholders
Individual contributor --> team manager
To keep up, the way I manage work has also evolved.
Workday largely dictated by emails and messages
This had started with the objective of projecting myself as the “always available” guy. I was busy, but not outcome driven.
This is what everyone wants me to work on
Workday largely dictated by things I feel are important
At one point, I was clocking 60-80 hour workweek for several weeks. This wasn’t sustainable. When I looked back, I hadn’t accomplished enough despite having spent too much time working.
Workday largely dictated by, well… the time I spend at work
I haven’t encountered too many issues with this system just yet. Is there room to get better? I’m sure!
Will this work well for you? Productivity is highly personal, so maybe or maybe not!