Early in my career, I remember asking the most senior engineer I worked with to join an urgent meeting that week. They agreed. But when I sent the invite, they responded with, “Actually, I have that morning blocked off to do work, so I can’t join your meeting — sorry.”
A short, but valuable piece. Thank you!
Great post Ami!
Very insightful. Thank you for sharing.
"the most senior engineer… agreed. But when I sent the invite, they responded with, “Actually, I have that morning blocked off to do work, so I can’t join your meeting — sorry.”
Actually senior "anyone" doesn't behave so irresponsible
I am still puzzled when it comes to priotization sometimes.
I place tasks on two axis, importance and urgence. I try to measure importance according to the context (revenue, brand reputation, user retention, growth, etc) and urgency according to the blast radius or the impact. A major outage or a high visibility feature stand out immediately.
Also, I use a variation of the Eisenhower 4D matrix to decide and delegate where necessary, but more importantly delete noise.
I unblock others asap. I go through my email attempting to reach inbox zero and applying a lax version of GTD and OHIO, but with a 5 minutes rule and action items on emails.
And yet, I admire people like you Ami that sometime just instictively know what is paramount for future achievements. I truly envy that ability and I wish I could master it one day…
Great article, thanks for sharing. Just curious - whats happens to smaller ideas. Those ideas need engagement and eventually adoption if the win is justified. No?