Making it all work

“For the first twenty-five years of my life, I wanted freedom. For the next twenty-five years, I wanted order. For the next twenty-five years, I realized that order is freedom.” – Winston Churchill

As Product Managers in fast growing technology companies there’s always tons to do and at times it can be overwhelming. There are constant deadlines and ship dates that are crucial to the product and company’s success. Product Managers need to be super organized and responsive. David’s Allen’s Getting Things Done & Making It All Work are two books I think every product manager should read to create more hours in their day. The main idea is to not keep everything in your mind but instead offload into a reliable system. I keep the following flow chart on my desk as a reminder:

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This system has created more space in my head and reduced overwhelm. In turn, allowed me to be more creative when solving complex product issues. David Allen talks more about this in the following TED talk:


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Zain Abiddin is an Entrepreneur & Product Manager. He is the founder and Product Manager of Chillik Media, a design led software agency based in San Francisco.

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