Worked has definitely picked up, and I feel like a different challenge has been thrown my way every single day this week (lucky for me it’s a short one!). As a program manager, I need to be sure that I’m building processes that are efficient and easy for the taskforce to follow, but I also need to be nimble enough to help iterate any changes on the fly - and let me tell you, I’M LOVING IT!
A few months ago, when work was hectic, I’d constantly feel overwhelmed and whenever folks asked me how work was going, I’d say that it was ‘busy, and I can’t wait for it to be over.’
My answer has now changed to 'It’s extremely busy, but super fun!👻 ’
A few things caused this change:
A few months ago,
I recalled this article I read on Ali
on the same concept ’It’s busy, but really fun
’ - and I have been trying to tell myself to reframe my mindset
- instead of dreading the work, I’d try to get myself excited
about what I’m accomplishing at work because:
…the way we feel about it depends to a large extent on the story we tell ourselves. When people ask us, we could say “it’s busy and stressful” (negative) or we could say “it’s busy but fun” (positive).
As I mentioned in a previous issue of my newsletter
, I have found my why - and I continue to find the work both meaningful and impactful to both Google and Singapore.
3) The current job requires knowledge from both my previous teams in Google - and I’m able to amass these skills together to craft a strategy to help the task force move forward. I’m able to pick things up really quickly (because of my familiarity with maneuvering the system) - and I find myself mostly working 'in the zone’.
Being ’in the zone
’ is also known as 'a flow state’.
In his book Atomic Habits
, James Clear writes:
’…to achieve a state of flow, a task must be roughly 4% beyond your current ability…working on challenges of just manageable difficulty - something on the perimeter of your ability - seems crucial for maintaining motivation.’
I am constantly learning new things at work as well - so that’s kept my mind pretty stimulated and challenged.
It’s really nice to know that everything that I have learnt in Google has led me to where I am today, and has really allowed me to enjoy my current role. I guess the struggles I’ve gone through were worth it, because it all worked out in the end :)
Till next week!