I stole this one from James Clear’s newsletter:
In my personal and family life, that’s easy: I’m living my favorite period right now. Trail running plus not having a baby at home (my youngest is now three years old) has made all the difference.
In my work life, my favorite period was when I was the resident team debugger. I like being dropped into a team that’s having non-technical issues and being told to untangle them.
When I switched from an agency to a product company a year ago, one of the things I was most excited about was being able to work with the same team for years. Long term jelling, right? I was tired of watching teams be dismantled right as they got into a groove.
But now I’m discovering that I miss that initial phase when everything is a mess. I miss the people messes and the culture messes and the process messes. Functioning teams don’t have as many. When things are running smoothly, I stop feeling useful and start feeling guilty that I’m not doing enough.
So how do I “recreate some of that magic”? I guess I need to find some more messes to clean up.
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