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    1 year ago · Edited 1 year ago

    Side hustles are a tremendous way of starting (and gliding) as a Portfolio Professional.

    But it can be daunting trying to juggle a full-time job with a part-time gig. Here’s a great article from a Google engineer and VC investor on how she navigates this exciting career choice.

    I found it especially interesting after our great chat at our Let’s Talk event on Indecision & Inertia this week. She gives tips on how she stays productive and how she keeps her life balanced.

    • Using the calendar to plan and ensure appropriate focus on each activity is sooooo helpful

    • I love this, and I’m starting to enjoy working out what planning works for me and using it to upskill into my role and beyond. Her points about reflection also link nicely to a lot of what we’ve been discussing 1:1 Fiona Chorlton-Voong and the discussions we’ve had a team and a community. Also reminded me of Leila’s podcast ( about how she and her husband reflect personally and professionally. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m not sure that looks much a balance (each to their own) but I like Timeblocking as a technique and using it much more these days but I’d only do it a day in advance. This looks too constrained if people are trying to schedule time with you.

    • Definitely interesting and glad it works for her. I’m exhausted thinking about that schedule though, however, we each define fun and productive in different ways so this must energise her. As someone who is planning on integrating Coaching into Portfolio though, the multiple coaches she has is interesting in itself.

    • I find this really inspiring. I love to see how other people plan their day and organize themselves. I really like the strengths weakness analysis. I have to say I have been the most productive this week after our call. I added more to basecamp and calendar and shared ideas with team to be more accountable. I am going to create a ton of content and stop fighting the fear of putting myself out there.

    • kudos to this person for organization and productivity, but the lack of blank space in this grid would stress me out. I think i would feel anxious about constantly chasing the next slot in my calendar. it doesn’t look like there’s much room here for spontaneity, serendipity, ducking into a bookstore or an unknown street… Some of the best decisions I’ve made (in retrospect) came from thinking while observing my surroundings over a coffee, or an unexpected conversation with a stranger. [Aimlessly scrolling through LinkedIn got me to TPC! :-)] But as you said last week Fiona – some people crave structure while others avoid it – different strokes for different folks!

      • Absolutely Anastasia Trifonoff and I fully think people need to work at their most comfortable self and realise that we all can achieve when we set our minds to it. Whichever style is your best self 🙂

      • I think there’s a tendency to undervalue slack time (not to be confused with ”big S” Slack time, which is a lot harder to undervalue), especially when surrounded by brilliant people and datasets. Embracing that slack time is one of not many remaining options these high-performing teams have in their perennial fight against groupthink. And my money is that they’ll learn faster.

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