Category: Work

Work from home accountability

Work from home accountability

Work from home might be a new norm at least for the foreseeable future. So maybe we need to rethink how we view accountability when it comes to our work.

The thing is, facetime is a really convenient metric to ‘know’ whether someone is working or not. But it’s not exactly an accurate metric.

Incremental progress

Incremental progress is about making small progress constantly over time. If you can, making it a daily affair is even better.

Instead of aiming for the big wins, aim for small wins instead. Big wins might get you in the spotlight, but it’s probably going to happen way less frequently than small wins.

And if you keep achieving small wins, they might eventually add up to a big win. The difference is, you will keep seeing progress along the way. And that is more likely to keep you and your team motivated to keep going.

Figuring it out as you go along

There are two ways of choosing the work that you do.

  1. To always stick to things that you are great at. Things that you already know how to do well. Or,
  2. To choose things that are challenging. Things that you may not have the necessary knowledge or skill for.

The second option might be challenging, but you can always figure it out as you go along.

You need feedback for your project

Too much feedback can make you feel overwhelmed. Especially when there’re too many different opinions and suggestions. However, too little feedback makes you feel like you are just trying to throw the ideas on the wall and see what sticks.

Whether it’s a work project or personal project, it’s still good to get some feedback. But what do you need to consider before seeking feedback?

The times are distracting

Our typical workday is already distracting as it is. It has become so fragmented with meetings, emails, calls and chit-chats with colleagues.

Add on a pandemic, and it becomes hard not to get distracted. And in these times of distractions, it certainly is much harder to focus on the work that you need to do.

How do we focus in these times of distractions?

The pitfalls of knowledge

Having more knowledge is great. More knowledge has the potential to help you increase your understanding of the things happening around you. It could help you choose wisely the actions to take to improve your life and perhaps those around you.

But beware of the pitfalls of knowledge.

Are we able to remain humble and not flaunt what we know every chance we get?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Conventional wisdom says that we have to have a plan for the next 5 years. But maybe we don’t really have to.

However, having a vision for your life is not the same as having a plan for your life.