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Product Management

Deadline

Why do we call it a “deadline” when the goal is to bring something to “life” by that time? 🤔

Yes, your work might come to an end, but its impact might begin.

Yes, you might finish some tasks, but it might start showing outcomes.

Maybe we should call it – “launch time” –something that would come into existence by that time. 🤷‍♂️

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Productivity

The Evolution of Work

This is how work is evolving:

Location and time dependent:
🏭 Factory work
🏢 Office work

Location dependent but time independent:
⏱ Flex work
🏢 Hybrid work

Location independent but time dependent:
🏠 Remote-first work

Location and time independent:
💬 Async-first work

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Startup

Workaholism

Workaholism is contagious.

Most often, the virus spreads from the top leadership.

Leaders need to follow the equivalent of 6 ft social distancing at work too.

With the remote work and different timeones, the boundaries of work and life are getting blurrier than before.

With the hustle culture and grow at any cost pressure, the work-life imbalance is a constant topic on everyone’s mind.

It’s easier said than done.

I constantly make these mistakes and set the wrong example for the team.

Writing this helps me remind what’s important and be accountable and practice what I preach.

As Avoma is growing, I’m constantly thinking about these things and realizing the mistakes I’m making and the changes I need to make in how I operate and what culture we set.

In the end, it doesn’t matter what you say, but matters what you do.

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Philosophy Startup

Worrying vs Enjoying

I typically post about Avoma’s progress and positive thoughts on LinkedIn.

The truth is — life is not all glorious at my end. A lot of things don’t work as per my plan.

But the thing is — I don’t worry too much about things that are not going well.

I retrospect about it, but I don’t worry about it.

If I keep worrying about it, it takes away my focus from celebrating the things that are going well and doing the things I need to do.

There is always something that’s NOT going well literally every day.

Imagine if I keep worrying about such things every day.

Life will be miserable and I will be always worried.

That’s why I focus more on what’s going well and enjoy these achievements.

Hope this might be helpful for someone out there who is worrying about things are not going well in their life, but ignoring all the things that are already going well.

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Productivity

1K Email Client

Our attention span has reduced significantly. 🥸

We don’t have time to read long emails. 🤨

It’s also a bad habit and practice to write long emails. 😏

If you want to get the job done, you should write shorter emails. 🤐

But it’s hard to break our habits of writing long emails. 😕

What if we build an email client with 1K chars limit? 🤔

As a sender, you can send emails with only 1K chars long. 🤓

As a receiver, you only can read first 1K chars. 🧐

If another person sends a longer email, it auto replies – “I can only read first 1,000 chars, please resend”. 🤪

What says?

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Philosophy

Decisions

Quite often we don’t realize, delaying a decision or a lack of action is a decision.

If a decision is right or wrong, you only “learn” in hindsight. You never “know” that in foresight.

Life will be a whole a lot easier if you simply relabel “decision” to “experimentation”.

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Philosophy Startup

Comparison vs Retrospection

So much of our energy and mental bandwidth is wasted in comparing ourselves with others. 🤷‍♂️

Wouldn’t it be more effective if we invest that energy in comparing against ourselves, a.k.a. “retrospection”? 🤔

Compare less. Retrospect more. 🧘‍♂️

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Entrepreneurship Philosophy Productivity Startup

About Making Progress In Life

Practice trumps theory.

Execution trumps planning.

Action trumps thinking.

Doing trumps learning.

Writing trumps reading.

Playing trumps watching.

Creating trumps consuming.

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Productivity Startup

Working From Home Is Here To Stay

Why working from home or remotely is here to stay – backed up by Stanford research.

51% people said, WFH was a better experience, 26% said it was about the same, and 13% said it was worse.

Has your company made a switch to embrace WFH yet?

Or are they still considering to open offices once the COVID is under control?

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Entrepreneurship Productivity Startup

Bias for Action

Amazon had popularized this leadership principle called “bias for action.”

I find it is not only valuable for leaders at a strategic level, but also extremely useful for individual contributors on a day to day execution level.

Speed is your biggest weapon as an early-stage startup – especially in competitive and hyper-growth businesses.

Many decisions and actions are reversible and do not need extensive thinking.

Having a bias for action means you’re not afraid to make decisions and take action, even when you face uncertainty.

The first step to develop a bias for action is to simply put down your thoughts into some document.

Write down any fact, question, concern, idea, or task that you are thinking about.

Once you write down the first sentence, writing down the next one becomes comparatively easier.

The more you write down, the more clarity you get, and the path for execution becomes clear and easier.

Every single time, when we are brainstorming new initiatives, and when things get all overwhelming, I’ve seen writing things down has worked like a charm.

That’s when I realized, “bias for action” is not some fancy leadership principle that I need to learn.

It simply starts with writing down the first sentence.