On routine, quantifying a problem, and moving to a new role
One simple idea, one tactic, and one personal update.
One simple idea
Routine. When you have the proper routine, you get more productive.
Other than morning reading books, my favorite routine is the weekly calendar audit. Every Saturday, I will run through my calendar for the upcoming week and ask these questions:
What are my top priorities this week?
Do I really need this meeting? Can I get it done asynchronously?
What's my goal in this meeting?
What value can I give in this meeting?
I have too many meetings. But this routine helps me prioritize. It uncovers a lot of unnecessary meetings that I can cut off. Always. Every week. What is your favorite routine?
When you think through the problem, try to quantify it.
If you have an assumption that a certain screen is confusing and overwhelming, find the metrics that correlate to that. For example, a bounce rate could be a quantifiable metric. If people are confused, they will exit.
You can say our goal is to reduce that bounce rate. That's a more acceptable discussion than saying, "This page is overwhelming."
With that in mind, you can easily set what success means for your work. Let’s reduce the bounce rate by 30%.
One personal update
I moved to a Product Management role.
As a Group Product Manager, I'm responsible for maintaining a group of products. One reason that pushes me to make this transition is to expand my view and experience as a designer. I've been in design for almost 12 years, and I feel product management would help me improve my product sense.
There are a lot of concepts in product management that excite me. For example, thinking about how we can set a strategy to improve retention. I'm looking forward to sharing more ideas with you.
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