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December 12 · Issue #122 · View online

Level Up delivers a curated newsletter for leaders in tech. A project by https://patkua.com. Ideal for busy people such as Tech Leads, Engineering Managers, VPs of Engineering, CTOs and more.


Make time to reflect and plan for 2022
I’m sure that many of you are in peak crunch time before the end of the year, aiming to hit your OKRs, quarterly plans and that things remain smooth before the end of year holidays. In the rush, it’s easy to forget to make time for yourself. As your company heads into the holiday season, see if you can block out time to reflect on this year and make personal plans for 2022. You might be lucky with a free afternoon. Or be generous to yourself and block out an entire day. Like with all good planning activities, reserve the time in advance, or you’ll quickly find your calendar filled up with other activities.
I made some time this week to reflect on how 2021 went and also what I am going to focus on for next year. Like last year, I’m sharing a free 2021 end of year retrospective template to duplicate and fill out. Another great resource is the Year Compass book which encourages you to look even more holistically at your life and not just your work activities.
Your challenge this week is to carve out time for personal reflection. If you can’t find enough time this week, then at least block out time before the end of the year and use that time to reflect and plan for 2022.
Enjoy this week’s newsletter and be sure to pass it on to a friend or colleague.
Want to level up your technical leadership skills? Watch out for future dates of “Shortcut to Tech Leadership” in 2022, or take a self-paced course at the http://techlead.academy.

This time is a great time to reflect on how your year went, but make sure you block out the time for it
This time is a great time to reflect on how your year went, but make sure you block out the time for it
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So true! 👇
Gary Bernhardt
All software now is so complicated that, as a good first approximation, no one understands anything. Even things that they use all day every day. But it seems like the cultural push for simplicity among programmers is well and truly dead. I guess we must like this!
Building on the previous tweet 🤣👇
Zach Holman
Hi! I'm from the future! Here's a slide from a pitch deck for a hot new startup. https://t.co/HRVl3XskQa
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