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Level Up - Issue #78


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February 7 · Issue #78 · View online

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

What’s stopping you from doing that?
Reflecting on my weekly coaching/mentoring sessions, this seems to be my question of the week. I know from experience, when you have a relentless to-do list, a barrage of emails or slack messages and little time, you fall into a habit of not prioritising your critical activities.
The activities that get crowded out often include self-care activities such as taking regular breaks or stepping away from the desk, or essential activities such clarifying your topmost priorities, breaking down large goals into smaller milestones, or preparing for a critical discussion a couple of weeks from now.
We impose invisible constraints on ourselves all the time. We place our own constraints when we say to ourselves, “I don’t have time,” or “No one asked me for that yet.” People-pleasers suffer the most, by prioritising everyone else’s requests over their own — leading to typical consequences such as overtime and burn-out.
This week, consider if you’re making progress on your top three priorities. If not, ask yourself, “What’s stopping you from doing that?” You might find, it’s yourself.
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Interesting tweets
Great tip 👇
Jutta Eckstein
Here's a secret for all coaches, consultants, scrum masters looking at the process:
There are always 3 processes in place: The official one (typically written up somewhere), the perceived one (people believe this is how things work here), and the actual one.

Focus on the latter!
Indeed! 🤔
Jason Fried
The elephant in the room didn’t come through the door. It was born there. Most big problems are created, not discovered.
A nice twitter thread on remote working. Click on the tweet to read it all 👇
Jason Yip
Some thoughts on remote working...
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