How to Categorize Your Activities to Feel Productive

Regardless of how organized you are, various forces act against your personal feeling of happy productivity. As a programmer I could look back at the code that I’d written at the end of the day, point at it, and say “I did that.” I could also point at our ticket tracker and say “I did those tickets.” Even on frustrating days where there was a production issue or something gnarly to debug and fix, we would eventually solve the problem, commit the code, and again I could point at it and say “I did that!”

Several reasons explain why it’s often hard to find this satisfaction as a manager:

  • You’re primarily working through other people, so there’s less to feel that you have ...

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