Week Notes Vol 66
August 08, 2020
For the past two years I’ve made a concious habit of booking myself a lunch hour. Without it my schedule kept on becoming unmanageable and I was perhaps not the nicest person (hangry is a real state). I also function much better if I get a run or music lesson in during my lunch break.
I didn’t realize it at the time but I have been following Lara Hogan’s advice on managing one’s calendar for a while. Unlike hers mine goes something like this:
- Monday through Thursday - standup in the am
- Monday and Wednesday am - MoM (Meeting of Minds for five development teams) to discuss higher level goals, obstacles and work in progress
- Tuesday - 1:1s with my team, weekly update with all developers
- Wednesday - weekly catch up with data PM
- Thursday afternoon - prep for Friday status meeting
- Friday - larger department meeting followed with weekly retro with my team and status meeting with my manager in the afternoon. About once a month I’ll end Friday with happy hour for my team/Jackbox games.
As I’ve been looking at my calendar to carve out solid chunks of time free of meetings I also realized that this is not the first time where I have made myself a daily schedule. I distinctly remember being 13-14 years old and making one in order to get all my homework, extra activities plus chores handled. There’s some comfort in knowing what your upcoming week looks like - especially when you know that your work load is about to increase for a while. I definitely remember acing that biology exam that initially was the source of scheduling.
Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter