Say Yes by Saying No - (Scaling yourself, Don't Be Busy Anymore, etc...)

Savvy Saturdays (10/9/21)

Savvy Idea: By saying yes to one thing, you are losing time, energy, and resources and saying no to other things.

I’ve been meeting with product managers in order to learn principles of product management, and one of the most important things I’ve learned is the importance of saying no.

Within product, people will always bring requests to the table.

A new feature.

An interesting idea.

A “necessary” improvement.

No matter how many requests come to the table, a product manager must learn to balance the requests, push past any pressure they feel from stakeholders, and learn to say no.

When a product manager says yes to a request that isn’t as important, the time, energy, and resources poured into that request will not be able to be focused on an actual priority.

By saying yes to one thing, the product manager inevitably says no to many other things.

Because of this, it’s impacted how I view everything that comes my way.

As someone who loves to say yes to things, rather than accepting semi-good opportunities, it’s made me more careful with filtering through anything that comes to the table in my life.

Only when I resonate with something that aligns with my values, main priorities, or convictions will I say yes to it.

Questions to ponder: 🤔

  • Do you have a tendency to say yes to too many things?

  • What are opportunities on the table that are not an instant yes to you, and you should say no to?

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Weekly Collections

A collection of resources for you to enjoy… 📰 🎬 🎙️

Scaling Yourself

An amazing talk given by Scott Hanselman, a well-known name in the dev tech world, sharing how to take action and be more effective and efficient right!


I Just Don’t Want to Be Busy Anymore

An amazing blog post giving direction and an outlet towards people who may be feeling burnout, and what to do in order to escape it. Elena Salaks shares vulnerably about her own experience with it and steps she takes in order to give clarity to why she does what she does.

I work in tech, I’m a parent, and I’m struggling with burnout.

If I’m honest, I’ve been running on fumes for a while. But there were enough milestones along the way to keep chasing that next moment of reprieve. The vacation. The promotion. The vaccine. The remodel.

But then the fumes ran out. And a bunch of life things hit at once, and I couldn’t see any reprieve in my horizon.

Once I accepted that yes, maybe I really am feeling this burnout thing everyone is talking about; I knew I had to be intentional in making a change around things that were giving me chronic stress.

Here’s what I did:

  • I figured out what I wanted and wrote it down so I don’t get lost again.

  • I asked for feedback to make sure my burnout wasn’t clouding my judgement.

  • I asked for what I wanted.

(Read more here)


Weekly Tidbits

Learnings, verses, & quotes to chew on… 🧐

Verse of the Week

"Two are better than one because they have a good reward for their toil"

—Ephesians 4:9 ESV

Challenging Quote

"Why would you let someone, who doesn’t love you, ruin your day."

—Scott Hanselman


Weekly Update

Personal life stuff… 🔔

Hello friends,

Greetings from Austin! 👋 Let’s jump right in!

This past week, I finally set up a platform for my podcast!

I’m still hashing out the podcast cover, but here are two of the covers I have set for it. Let me know which one you like better, and why!

Aside from that, I’ve been feeling a bit of routineness with life. I think it’s a passing feeling, but I think part of it is because of lack of sleep, as well as feeling repetitiveness of life.

In order to combat it, I’ve been asking people for prayer for a softened heart, as well as been on the lookout for a new mattress and frame as well as a standing desk. Hopefully improving my quality of life will improve my energy.

Anyways, here are several pictures from this past week: 📷

Thanks for checking in on the newsletter!

With that, stay safe 😷, keep it savvy 😎, and I’ll see y’all in the next update 😊

Eric


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