The more informed you are the more informed your decisions will be. To improve your decision making process embrace reality. Reality begins with observation. Become a student of observation.
Progress is quantifiable. If you’re interested in making positive changes in your life or an organization then be sure the results are verifiable. Remove the guesswork by tracking your metrics over time. It starts with your first data point; the baseline.
What are the core concepts? If you had to reduce the current subject matter down to it’s simplest components how would you do that? When learning something new be sure to focus the majority of your efforts on grokking the most useful material.
As mentioned before, there are a lot of people in this world. In pursuit of your best work you’ll have to choose who you spend your time with. Your limited time should be spent with those who share your principles and vision.
You want to become a T-shaped professional. You go broad in learning many subjects in a shallow way and go deep on learning a few subjects as a specialist. You’ll be aware of the broader context while contributing as an expert.
The most expensive cost of switching tasks is time lost. One way to mitigate this loss is by grouping similar tasks together. The more similar the tasks the less overhead required to switch between them. To min-max batching try and make micro process improvements each time you complete a task.
Use a system to keep everyone in sync. The demands of the team will determine what that system looks like. The variables will include frequency, mode, and content. Default to a 15 minute daily stand-up covering everyone’s progress and any blockers.