Back in March I started a digital declutter. There are lots of posts about how those things start, but not many about how it's going. These are some things I have been doing that have helped me feel more focused and intentional.
I've got a life-long habit of spinning up virtual people and arguing with them, which is to say a life-long habit of telling stories to myself that aren't true. It's tough to break, and I haven't broken it. But I've added a little thing to the loop.
Once you make the shift from being a fixer who has all the answers to a leader who listens like they don't know the answer, you can build trust with the people you want to help.
As organizations scale, roles and responsibilities shift and often become less clear. While DACI and similar frameworks can be a little intimidating, you can keep it simple and bring clarity to your team.
Leaders often help best when they accept that they don't know all the answers.
Remembering some principles up front will help build a healthy and inclusive culture that not only gets things done, but keeps its eye on the needs of the technical organization by raising up new talent and creating a sense of belonging for everyone.
Hybrid-remote work requires more tools for asynchronous cooperation. RFCs provide a way to let people contribute without adding another meeting to a calendar, and they can help you become more clear about decisions.
At the core of whatever we want to call this period of distributed work -- hybrid-remote, distributed, new normal, post-lockdown -- is a deep and essential need for more equitable and inclusive behavior in how we work and managers need to drive it.
Prioritization is hard, and it's often at the root of team dysfunction and morale problems. You've got to grow beyond 'just give me more heads to get all this stuff done!
I put some thought into how to apply digital minimalism. This is due for a rewrite and update, but it might spark some thought for people considering how to take a step back and clean out their digital closets.