Becoming an awesome product manager!
I’ve been researching a lot on product management and trying to learn as much as I can because it’s the area that I would like to move my career into. During this research, I was directed to this blog. It has a lot of great info and helps you to really see the big picture of product management. For example, one of his concepts that he talks about is that you shouldn’t focus on building out as many features as possible, but rather focus only on the features that bring value to the product and are worthwhile to your users.
If you are looking for some good reading that focuses not on methodology but on product management as a whole, then you really need to read this blog.
Sitting in a cubicle inputting the same data over and over again for 8 hours straight doesn’t seem like the most exciting or fulfilling day. And I’ll agree…it’s not, unless you love data entry, then you probably do find fulfillment and I’m very happy for you. That however is not me.
Sometimes my job depends on me inputting content into one of our delivery platforms for our tools. I don’t mind doing it in the least bit, but it does get old very quickly and is something that doesn’t bring the most excitement or make me feels as if I’m improving myself or my company. It is necessary for me to accomplish these tasks though since the product that I work on is centered around the content that I upload.
I’ve come to realize though, that mundane tasks allow for worthwhile accomplishments. For example, how productive and efficient can you be at that task? Do you use keyboard shortcuts, memorize, and critically think through the best way to accomplish the task? It’s a matter of viewing the task in a way that you critically work to try to make that specific task more fulfilling to you.
The specific task isn’t going to change, but the way that you view it and work through it can. When working on mundane tasks and not allowing them to be just that, mundane…will increase your efficiency and ability to succeed at other more challenging tasks that are put before you. You will have built a foundation of thinking critically and keeping a good mindset that makes you strive to always make yourself and your project better.